It’s nearly impossible to think about the benefits of home automation without adding smart home lights to the equation. In fact, it would be fair to say these bulbs are responsible for offering an equal blend of excitement and convenience to the smart home seeker. And with the number of brands to choose from, many homeowners are no longer expected to fork over an arm and a leg to get in on all the fun. But to really enjoy the benefits of smart home lights, you’ll need to take note of a few key features before adding a pack to your shopping cart.
Do Your Smart Home Lights Require a Hub?
As you grow your smart home with more products, you may notice a recurring theme: many of these devices require a hub.
A smart home hub is typically a small square box used to connect devices to your router. After connecting the hub to your router, you’re able to control the smart devices inside your home. One benefit of using a hub is they give you the power to control smart equipment regardless of a weak internet connection. However, some homeowners find hubs bothersome because quite a few devices require them, thus leading to a houseful of small square boxes. Additionally, all of these devices connecting to your router can be confusing and lead to complications.
If you wish to avoid these issues, search for smart lights that don’t require a hub. These lightbulbs instead connect directly to your internet, which allows for a much simpler setup process. The only downside to using smart home lights that connect to your internet is that it’s difficult to operate the device in certain sections of your home with weak Wi-Fi.
Can You Integrate the Smart Lights with a Smart Speaker?
One of the greatest perks to having smart home lights is being able to adjust them with the sound of your voice. This leads to fewer interruptions during movie nights or when you’re in the middle of cooking dinner in the kitchen.
Because smart lights have been on the market for some time now, more brands have been able to adapt and grant this convenient voice-command feature. So whether you call upon Alexa or Google Assistant, there is likely to be a light bulb that can integrate to fit your needs. If you’re uncertain, quickly double-check with the manufacturer for verification.
After connecting your smart lights to a smart speaker is when the fun beings. Now you’ll be able to ask Alexa or Google to adjust the color of your bulb’s hue and quickly set the scene for any mood. Other commands include asking the speaker to turn on or off your lights completely or to adjust the bulbs in specific rooms in your home. Click here for a full list of commands.
Can you Set Smart Home Lights on Schedules for Security?
Fun tricks aside, smart home lights can also help keep your home more secure.
This is made possible when you set up a unique light schedule for your home. A custom lighting schedule keeps your home alive and active to create the illusion that your family is present, a feature useful for scaring off potential intruders.
Setting up a schedule for your smart lights varies depending on the bulb you’re using. For example, Philips Hue Smart Bulb users can create, name, and set a time for a schedule via their mobile application. Google Assistant compatible lights can have a schedule established within the Google Home application. Similarly, homeowners with Amazon Alexa compatible lights can maintain a routine via the Alexa application. This is useful for families with different brands of smart home lights in their house.
Is the Bulb Bright Enough?
Avoid purchasing smart home lights that lack in luminosity by seeking out a bulb that provides an abundance in brightness.
Brighter bulbs will have higher lumens, the unit of measurement for light quantity. Dimmer bulbs will have, you guessed it, a smaller number of lumens.
To make sure your bulbs are bright enough, you should also consider the amount of space you’re trying to illuminate. Is it just your bedroom? A bathroom? Or an entire living area? The more space you’re lighting will most likely require a bulb with more lumens, perhaps as much as up to or exceeding 1000 lumens.
If you’re swapping out your incandescent lightbulb with a smart bulb and are seeking similar brightness, take a look at this chart for mapping out equivalence:
- 40w bulb is similar to 450 lumens
- 60w bulb is similar to 800 lumens
- 75w bulb is similar to 1,100 lumens
- 100w bulb is similar to 1,600 lumens
We also recommend speaking to a lighting technician for further guidance and insight on finding the right bulb replacement for your needs.
It’s Time to Find the Right Smart Home Lights
It’s exciting to transform your home into a smart home. Up until recent times, it’s been something we’ve seen only in movies. However, just because innovation and convenience are at our fingertips doesn’t mean we should blindly purchase products without doing our due diligence. We hope this article sets you on the right track to finding the best smart home lights for your space.
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