Imagine how convenient it would be to use your smartphone to control the lights around your home – this is what “connected lighting” can do for you!
There are several types of connected lighting, some better than others. While it’s fun to flip your lights on and off using your smartphone, you’ll get more value from a solution that offers real automation, powered by a Smart Home platform.
Smart Bulbs, Smart Plugs, and Smart Switches… Which one is right for you?
Here’s what you need to know:
These are bulbs that screw into your existing light sockets and connect wirelessly to your home’s network. They’re simple to install, but the downside is that they have little connectivity with other devices in your home.
These devices plug into a wall socket, with a lamp plugged into the device itself. Once you’re configured, you can start automating the lamp based on your smart home platform.
If you’re looking to be as connected as can be, smart switches are for you! Unlike a smart plug, they can also control your hardwired ceiling lights. They also provide the best aesthetic look: they don’t take up a wall socket and look just as good as standard light switches.
What else do you need?
The hardware is important, but there’s much more to a connected light solution. To enjoy the real benefits, you’ll need connected lighting that integrates with a smart home.