Smart lighting is not lighting that you use to feel smart; it is actually lighting technology for energy efficiency.
Don’t agree with your wall color? Become an artist and change the lighting to add some hues with low intensity for a different space.
From high-efficiency fixtures to automated controls based on conditions, these techniques are what make lighting “smart.” The brains behind this operation are the lightbulbs.
Smart bulbs don’t just light up your living room, home, or life — they can do so much more. Here are the five best ways you can integrate Smart Lighting into your home for a better experience.
1. Use them as a dimmer
Whether you need mood lighting, or your eyes need a break from brutal daylight or your office’s harsh lighting, you won’t need to walk over and dim your lights. A basic feature of Smart Lighting is to be able to dim them without having to install dimmer switches in every corner of your home.
Color therapy — also known as chromotherapy — is the method of treating ailments through the use of color.
When you screw a dimmable smart bulb into your lamp, it’s easy to use the corresponding bulb app to create your own customized settings for light intensity. There are a variety of different smart light bulbs to choose from, so be sure to pick the one that best suits your home’s aesthetics and needs.
2. Control them anywhere – yes, anywhere – you like
The Belkin WeMo LED and GE Link Bulbs have scheduling features that allow you to control your lights when you aren’t at home. Those old plug-in timers, once used for scheduling lights back in the day, are now available at your fingertips. Open the app and click once to turn on — or off — your lights. It’s so simple to use, and you don’t need to worry about connectivity issues. Never be concerned about security again while on vacation. With Smart Lighting, your home will never look empty. Come home and rest well knowing that no electricity was wasted while you were away. Some light brands offer a sync option to control all your lights together in one app. The possibilities are endless, dare to try?
3. Color Therapy Is Real, Use It
Dimming lights are one great feature for smart light bulbs, but what about changing colors altogether? Color therapy — also known as chromotherapy — is the method of treating ailments through the use of color. This can be done through shining an appropriate color on the body or eyes. For a list of colors that pertain to different emotions and what you can use to shine, read this article.
Even if you don’t need it, this feature is still really neat for parties and events. Show off your space with over 16 million different colors and shades to choose from for a more intimate setting. All you have to do is select the exact color you want on the color wheel of the bulb’s app. Some smart light bulbs will even pair with Siri, Amazon Alexa, or Google Home, so all you need to do is say the command and your lighting wish is granted.
Smart bulbs emit several color temperatures designed to help regulate melatonin production by day and night.
If you want to warm up the room, use a warm color, like red, orange, or yellow. If you want to cool down the room, choose a cool color, like blue or green. Match the colors for holiday-themed parties if you’re feeling super fancy. Don’t agree with your wall color? Become an artist and change the lighting to add some hues with low intensity for a different space. Creativity flows through you!
4. Light Up Your Parties With Sound
Bet you didn’t know that smart lighting is also capable of playing music did you? With certain smart bulbs, it’s easy to sync music into the built-in speakers without tripping over actual speaker wires. A wireless speaker may be able to do the trick, but it cannot sync color motion to music. Bulbs like the Playbulb Color and Sengled Pulse offer great sound quality and pulsating light patterns to coordinate with music being played. It sets the mood and gets people pumped at a party. Make it your very own real-time visualizer.
5. Improve Your Sleep
For anyone that has tried all the tricks to get better sleep or to fall asleep easier, this could be your next stop. Smart bulbs emit several color temperatures designed to help regulate melatonin production by day and night. This means that certain light settings actually increase your sleepiness near bedtime, but can also help keep you awake during the day. C Sleep by GE is a light bulb that promises smart light for a well-lit life. It is Bluetooth compatible and voice controlled with a tunable white temperature scale for enjoying the right light at any time of day. Try it out and see if it makes a difference this time.
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