Using a smart lighting system, you can connect LED bulbs to your Wi-Fi network.
There are many features on the smart lighting system like weather-resistant bulbs, remote controls, dimmer switches, motion sensors, and smartphone applications that will allow you to get a great experience out of your lighting system.
Neither Amazon, Apple, nor Google, produce their own smart lights. Unlike with the Interactive home and Media device categories, there are generally two approaches to doing smart lighting in your home.
You either make the light bulb smart, or you make the plug smart. You can also use a combination of these two approaches because some light fixtures do not have a smart bulb equivalent to the ball that the light fixture takes.
Leading players in smart lights right now are Philips, TP-Link, Wipro, Solimo, Syska.
These smart light manufacturers make LED bulbs that can typically be categorized into three groups:
- Plain white,
- Bulbs that go from daylight to warm white,
- Multi-colored bulbs.
These types of bulbs either connect through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and some may require a hub that you will need to connect to your Wi-Fi router. Smart lights save you a lot of time and steps throughout your house. You can turn all of your lights off at night with just your voice, and you can make sure you turn them all off while you’re away from home through the smartphone app.
Typically you can create routines with them, so you wake up with your lights dimming up with sunrise colors, and you can usually set geofencing with your lights, so they automatically turn on when you arrive home and turn off when you leave.
There are also other accessories you can get with your smart lights like wireless dimmer switches that you can assign to control a variety of lights in your home.