How to turn your lamps and lighting smart – Steps and Considerations
Explaining the term smart home to an amateur mostly leads to the explanation “light goes on and off on its own”. Now before we will jump again into discussions about the right explanations (which have been already given here and here), the common answer highlights one undisputable fact: The importance of lighting!
When it comes to lighting, we can analyse various stages, from the designing, all the way to the implementation. In this article, we will discuss, how you can implement smart, and foremost sustainable lighting.
Option 1: Smart Bulbs
The easiest step to implement “smart lighting” is to invest in smart light bulbs, which are connected to one overall network, either via Wi-Fi or radio frequency. Thanks to the possibility to connect these light bulbs with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, etc., you can bring smart lighting to every room of your home. Furthermore, since those light bulbs are using the LED technology, they do not only consume a fraction of a traditional heat developing light bulb, they can also change colours and thereby make the home even more welcoming for the user. However, as you might have already guessed, there is again a catch to it. Starting with controlling of the light bulbs:
The more functions a device have, the more you also have to take into consideration. Whereas bulbs are usually switched on and off with a switch, smart light bulbs often require a hub or special updates in order to fully function. With each update, tracking is required, which can be expensive, when you have to change hubs and foremost tiresome.
Another aspect, which has to be taken into consideration is “reliability”. The more functions and buttons, the higher the possibility that something might not work as expected. In some cases, the lack of reliability can also result in having to do a reset of bulbs via the according hub. In worst case you may find yourself having to return a lot of your light bulbs or getting them replaced under warranty.
Last but not least, other than screwing lightbulbs in their socket, smart light bulbs require technical knowledge, which s