Are you looking for the next best investment for your home? If you’re looking to brighten your home and have an efficient system in the long run then you need to learn about the emerging smart lighting technologies for 2019. We’ve round up the top four technologies below:
1. Smart Hub Controlled
Many of the homes that have modern lightning technology also have integrated home automation systems. Such automation systems include the control of aircon temperature, appliances’ features and lighting. These automation systems are connected into a hub. The hub or a smart hub is usually hardware and software which connects all your devices into one network which can be controlled via voice commands.. This allows easy and integrated access for owners who want to avoid using manual switches to turn on or off the lights. Most of the devices connected into the smart hub just require compatibility or connectivity (such as wifi) for the device to be controlled. Many of the manufacturers of light bulbs have now designed bulbs that are easily connected into a variety of smart hubs making their products versatile and usable despite platform differences.
Recommendation: One of the commonly used smart hubs for controlling lighting systems is the Hue Bridge by Philips. The Hue Bridge allows up to 50 Philips Hue bulbs to be connected and controlled at the same time. Other more common smart hubs include Samsung SmartThings and Amazon Echo Dot. With just a single voice command, you can control the light intensity and remotely turn lights on or off.
2. Motion Sensor Activated
With the many applications of lighting systems in our home – not just indoor but also outdoor. Hence, there is also development on the methods on the control of such lighting systems. Motion-sensing is one of the most widely used technologies especially for outdoor lighting. With the use of a motion sensor, electronic unit and a relay, the on and off function of a light is triggered when there is motion or occupancy in space. The motion sensor detects activity and sends it to the electronic unit which consequently triggers the relay to turn the lights on or off. There is also a timer within the electronic unit which triggers the relay to turn off when there is no activity sensed.
Recommendation: Another popular product from Philips is the Philips Hue Motion Sensor which uses the Philips Hue Bulbs. It is easy to install and can also be set to detect daylight levels. The First Alert PIR275 is another product that utilizes motion sensors. It is specifically designed for indoor use and can detect motion within 12 ft radius.
3. Dusk To Dawn Lights
Another energy saving technology that has emerged is the “dusk to dawn” lights. This kind of light bulb utilizes the use of photocells to detect natural light. When it gets dark during dusk, the light bulb is automatically turned on and when there is natural light present they automatically turn off – hence the name dusk to dawn. The use of such lights is efficient especially if it is used on outdoor lights. Homeowners can leave the house at peace knowing that the lights will be on during nighttime.
Recommendation: The LOHAS Daylight Security Outdoor Lighting is a popular choice if you’re looking for something durable and reliable outdoor light bulb for your home.
4. Mobile Application Controlled
In this era where mobile and computer applications dominate people’s daily lives, it is no wonder that applications to automate your home have also been developed. Light bulbs that are controlled via mobile applications communicate through a network (possibly wifi or bluetooth). With the customization of the mobile app, you are able to control many parameters of the light bulb such as colour, brightness or dimness and even timer. If you’re looking for something that is easy to control and something with extensive control then this type of lighting technology is for you.
Recommendation: Easybulb is a popular smart bulb that is efficient and has an available application both for Android and iOS systems.