Things have come an awfully long way since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. In those early days of electric lighting, the ability to flip the switch and bring a light into a room seemed utterly magical. People have been lighting their homes and places of business the old-fashioned way for centuries, and this new development was almost difficult to believe.
Today, of course, we take electric lighting for granted. It’s the most natural thing in the world to walk into a room and flip the light switch. But now there are new developments in the way we light our homes and businesses. Many people are equally amazed by the new lighting technology that has arrived; and it’s safe to say that in the future – probably the not too distant future – these new lighting technologies will be the norm, and people won’t really think twice about them.
We are talking, of course, about smart lighting technology. This is one of the most exciting areas in modern home automation, simply because there are so many simple and useful applications for it. But let’s not beat around the bush – here are five of the most interesting and it useful benefits of smart lighting technology for the home and business.
Ever had that feeling that you forgot to turn the lights off after leaving on vacation? Or have you stumbled around in the dark upon arriving home, trying to find the various light switches? Smart home lighting solves these problems in one broad stroke. It’s all about controlling your lights from your phone or tablet. Wherever you are in the world, you can check on the status of your lighting systems and turn various lights on or off.
2. Energy Savings
Smart lighting systems are clearly the next step in convenience, but they’re also good for saving energy and living a more eco-conscious lifestyle. The ability to manage your lights with the tap of a button on your favorite smart device, or from a control center in your home, means that you can take a more proactive role in conserving energy and only using what you need.
3. Lifestyle Integration
Smart lighting systems allow you to instantly recall lighting configurations for the entire house. For instance, create a “bedtime” setting that turns off all the lights except a porch light outside and reading light in your bedroom. Create your own custom lighting configurations can bring them back with the touch of a button.
Smart lighting also integrates with other home automation features, such as smart locks. You can program various lights to switch on automatically front the front door is opened, or when your motion detectors pick up on something in the front yard.
Optimizing your smart lighting system
If you decide to start integrating elements of smart lighting technology into your home, the various systems and flooding the market can be confusing. You certainly don’t want to end up with a so-called smart lighting system that makes a lot of promises but doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to. Some homeowners buy and install their smart lighting systems without professional help, and in some cases this can work out. Others decide that consulting a home automation specialist is the best way to eliminate doubt and a sure the best possible long-term performance for smart lighting.