Over the past decade, smart lighting’s gradual cohabitation with affordable LEDs has lifted the entire market up by its bootstraps. What was once an industry consisting almost entirely of incandescents, halogens and fluorescents is growing into a massive, even more, consumer-friendly tapestry of lighting tech. These lights come in in many sizes, shapes, and functions.
The most popular player in this new wave of lighting technologies is certainly the LED by a longshot, but the staggering ubiquity of smartphone technology is fast emerging with LEDs into a brand new type of product: smart lighting. We’re here to explain just how smart lighting is shaking up energy usage in the home.
The days of fiddling around with multiple light switches are gone. The most versatile aspect of smart lighting is its focus around using interfaces, usually on smartphone apps, to control the brightness and hue of your home lighting, with different rooms being conveniently labeled for your ease of use, music synchronization, and much much more.
In the Home and Garage
Obviously, you can use home smart lighting to illuminate your garage, but many aren’t aware of the LED lighting options for your car. Certain companies, such as Atlanta Light Bulbs, are dedicating their efforts to making affordable car lights. Headlights, fog lights, and even turn signals are benefitting from using long lasting and energy efficient LEDs.
Ever heard of smart lamps? It’s time to say goodbye to lampshades because companies the world over are racing to be the first generation of smart lamps -lamps that have LEDs and computational abilities. Smartphone control is one thing, but these lamps are quickly developing a mind of their own, becoming mini devices themselves. Some lamps even implement a naturally gradient light alarm that wakes you up as if you were rising with the sunset.
The hassles endemic to decorating with lights that have to be replaced are abundant. Most importantly, the removal of complicated wiring setups makes way for Bluetooth integration. Shorts and incorrectly wired switches aren’t a problem when lighting in your home is entirely controlled by a straight, wireless connection from your phone to the lighting mechanisms themselves. Couple that with long lasting LED bulbs, and you have a home lighting system that won’t need to be fixed or meddled with anytime soon.
As seen in places like the Indian state of Rajasthan, the potential for smart lighting in developing urban areas can be extremely helpful. Implementation of professionally developed and planned street lighting systems can make previously crime-ridden areas safer. As far as home use goes, implementing wirelessly controlled lighting and having smart technology in mind while designing a house can make these technologies far more widespread in the future. The goal of any of these new integrations is to make them as universally used as an electrical socket. At the rate these developers are going, they might just do that sooner than we expect.
Carolyn Clarke is a freelance writer based in Southern California. She writes on a myriad of topics, including the influence of technology on our everyday lives.