When smart bulbs were introduced, they were considered by many to be a gimmick, mainly good for a couple of party tricks. However, due to their growing capabilities and deeper integration with the overall home automation scene, they have proven their worth. Just in case you’re still wondering how smart bulbs fare against their regular counterparts, here are some of the top reasons why they’re better:
Energy SavingsSmart lighting is usually more energy-efficient from the get-go, due to the use of LED /CFL lights as compared to incandescent bulbs. Additionally, using motion sensors can make sure that the lights turn and stay on only when someone is in the room.
Better sleepBright lights condition the body to stay awake. Schedule smart lighting in your home to change to warm colours and gradually dim before bedtime. This way, your body will perceive this as a natural sunset and produce melatonin, the natural hormone that encourages easier deeper sleep.
SecuritySmart lights can be controlled from anywhere in the world if internet access is available. Even when you’re not at home, you can simulate your presence by scheduling the lights. Schedule them to follow a pattern as if someone is walking from room to room. Combine this with motion-sensing outdoor lights and your home will be much more secure against burglars.
Ambient lightingOne of the most fun ways to use smart lighting is to create the right ambience for situations. For parties, most bulbs even come with preset party modes. Even if they cannot connect directly to your entertainment system, you can set a colour that goes well as ambient lighting for your choice of entertainment.
Custom alertsUsing popular automation platforms like IFTTT, you can use your lights for all kinds of alerts. For instance, you can connect it to show a particular colour for outside temperature, or when your doorbell rings, and much more.
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