When it comes to your mobile phone or your tablet, you adjust the display lighting for the setting you’re in, for a bright sunlight or a dark room, for example, and perhaps to save battery power. In your home, you may have dimmer switches in certain rooms for different moods or tasks, and maybe even timers on certain lights.
1. Custom Lighting
What if you could adjust the lighting in your home and even turn them on and off remotely, with a few taps on your smartphone or tablet? You can schedule lights to come on shortly before members of your family come home, or create custom “blends” of lighting. You need different lighting for reading or doing homework than for watching a movie on the couch, and you may want different lights on in different rooms when you’re away and you want passersby to think someone’s home.
2. Save Energy
Smart bulb apps empower you to save lighting settings for one room or many, so it’s easy to replicate lighting settings. You can also use a connected switch to control a series of bulbs.
3. Save Money
You can save money on your utility bill this way, and in turn, reduce your carbon footprint, plus an added bonus: you might be able to boost your productivity, leaving more time for R&R.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that in 2014, residential lighting use was about 14% of total electricity consumption in the home, and is the second biggest home utility expense after heating.
Smart bulbs, according to one manufacturer, require 80% less energy, and the bulbs can last for 15,000 hours, which is 2 years if you left them on constantly. They are a bit of an upfront investment, but you can save approximately $35 per year per bulb.
4. Easy Installation
You no longer need to have a huge electrical overhaul or even an electrician to install automated lights, sensor-based dimming. The technology has evolved to become so user-friendly that most of it are DIY. Many smart bulbs fit standard light sockets, and are connected through Wi-Fi or the aforementioned apps.
When it comes to purchasing and installing smart lighting, think about the following:
- Who spends time in this room? How much?
- What do people do in this room?
- Can you see this room from the outside?
You may want to start with a starter kit and a few bulbs in locations where you want to customize the lighting experience, or to save money because you know family members leave lights on in particular rooms even when they’re not occupying it.
You can even add color bulbs, so when your favorite team scores the lighting can change to team colors, or schedule lights in your bedroom to come on gradually to wake you.
Thomas Edison would marvel at the possibilities.
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