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4 Ideas to Add “Smart Lighting” to Your Home

By Guest Blogger, Derek L.

4 Ideas to Add “Smart Lighting” to Your Home

Day by day, improvement by improvement, homes are becoming smarter and smarter. With so many technological advancements, you can now choose from a variety of smart home features, from smart thermostats and robot cleaners to entire home systems and virtual assistants. However, since going smart all at once can be quite expensive, you can start by implementing smart lighting to your home. Not only will it make your life easier, but it will also reduce your energy consumption. And once again, there are plenty of ways you can do that.

1.     Automated wireless lighting

 

A completely automated lighting system is one of the most popular smart features that will provide you with a range of control options. An automated system will enable you to control your lights remotely, set up a timer, connect your lighting to other devices, etc. However, in order for you to install a fully automated home system, you need to set up a control hub first. By installing a central hub, you’ll be able to connect all of your smart devices and design a completely automated system. Afterwards, you can just connect your smart bulbs via Wi-Fi with your control hub. Wi-Fi-enabled bulbs might be more expensive, but they will provide you with a range of smart options.

2.     Smart occupancy lighting sensors

Although smart occupancy sensors, or Occ. sensors, might be a bit on the expensive side, they offer a high level of flexibility. Once you install an Occ. sensor in your home, you won’t have to worry about controlling your lights because this sensor will do it for you. Namely, this option will automatically turn your lights on or off the moment someone walks in a room. Furthermore, an occupancy sensor can also be adjusted not to turn on the lights during the day. Another great advantage of these sensors is the option to set up a “vacancy mode”. This option will enable you to set up the system to turn off the lights when someone leave a room without turning them on when a space is occupied.

3.     Smart switches, plugs and outlets

 

Smart switches, plugs and outlets are another possible solution when it comes to smart lighting. However, since this option requires some wiring, it’s essential that you check whether you have a proper electricity connection and make sure that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Having checked your electricity, you can install smart switches, plugs and outlets.


When it comes to smart switches, they resemble regular ones, but they can actually connect to a wireless network, enabling you to control your lighting remotely via an app. You can also have different options, such as scheduling your lighting, dimming, sensors and connection to other devices. There are even some products that can simply attach to your existing switches. For instance, the Switchmate is such an option that connects to a switch via magnetic forces and to your phone via Bluetooth.


Smart plugs and outlets are quite similar, but while plugs can be just plugged into a regular outlet, a smart outlet should be properly installed. Nonetheless, both smart solutions will enable you to control your lighting fixtures and even some other devices, such as a coffee maker or a toaster, through a smart device app.

4.     Smart outdoor lighting

 

If you want to smart up both the inside and the outside of your home, you should install smart outdoor lighting, as well. This can be a practical and energy-saving solution for your beautiful outdoor space. Furthermore, it’s as easy as installing a switch inside. You just need to install a smart outdoor switch and you’ll be able to control your outdoor lighting via a smart device. Once again, you’ll be able to create different lighting schedules, turn the lights on or off remotely and even monitor other plugged-in devices. You can even find a smart light for your front door that can be connected to your doorbell.

Smart lighting is a great way to start upgrading your home. Not only does it offer a great level of flexibility, but it can also reduce your energy consumption and cut your electricity bill.

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Making Your Home A Little Smarter

Making Your Home A Little Smarter

Technology is everywhere. It’s in our public transport, our advertising billboards, our cars and even our pockets. Wherever you go, you can access the internet. You can go live online and make your followers and friends aware of where you are and what you’re up to. Technology has been evolving at such a rapid rate, that even the simple pen and paper are slowly becoming obsolete. It was only a matter of time before people began to introduce technology into their homes.

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When we say technology, we mean beyond the 40” TV in the lounge, or the astounding gigabit service your internet provider gives to you for streaming your favourite box sets on your tablet. We’re talking about the additions like Alexa and the Dot. The modern ‘smart’ home is still in development, with many companies working as hard as they can to make the house a smart one and benefit from being connected online. It’s hard to know whether there is any home gadget that is smart and is an essential, but there are plenty of developments happening right now that need to be considered. The only worry? A power cut! Here’s some of the smart tech you should be considering for your home:

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  • Ecobee3 Smarter WiFi Thermostat: Adjusting the temperature has never been easier than doing if from the comfort of your bed on your phone. They learn your schedule of waking up and going to bed so that it can pre-empt the temperature that you want your home to be, adjusting itself accordingly. It’s great for tracking your energy spending and you can save cash by learning when the most expensive time of day to heat the house is.
  • Nest Cam: Functional, high-resolution and wireless, this camera is the perfect little gadget when you need to get things done around the house but have children to keep an eye on. You can stream the video to your smartphone, so wherever you are in the house you can keep a watch on the kids. Go one better and have the camera pointed at the stove: watching to see if sauce boils over from the lounge is far more fun!!
  • Roomba 980: Is there anything smarter than a gadget that will clean a room on a schedule? You can program it to start up at any time, and it’ll run itself around the room to clean the floors for you. They’re not cheap, but they are worth their weight in gold for the busy parents.
  • August Smart Lock: Imagine being able to remotely lock your doors. Keys aren’t exactly complicated to use, but to be able to remotely unlock or lock your doors using your smartphone is fun! This has the feature that you can dictate it to let people into the house when you’re not there, which is handy when you’re running late!

A smart home is the future in the same way that smart cars are becoming a reality. Get involved and get on board with your house!

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