Brief Introduction to Smart Lights
LED smart light is one of the most popular smart household devices in the current market, and the value of it is expected to achieve 105.2 billion dollars by 2023, which was only 8.68 billion dollars in 2018. These data indicate that the smart lighting market would be growing strongly in the near future. So, what are the advantages of smart lights over traditional ones? Well, in brief, smart lights have more functions than just lighting thanks to the embedded chip. The chip allows people to control the color and brightness of the smart bulbs in real-time by using smartphones or laptops. In fact, the benefits of smart lights are much more than that, we will talk about it in more detail. In addition, we will focus on different types of smart bulbs in this article and offer some advice on choosing smart lights. Hoping you can get inspired by reading it, let’s get started.
What Benefits Smart Lights Bring to Us?
As we all know that LED bulbs save more energy than traditional bulbs. They have a lifetime of about 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. And almost all smart lighting products apply LED bulbs which can improve the lighting efficiency by about 75%. Also, LED smart lights can be connected to the APP to allow you to remotely control your lights. When they detect that there is no one in the room but the lights are actually turned on, they will remind you via the APP. This can save a lot of energy especially for people who don’t remember to turn off the lights when leaving.
More Convenient Life
When you are holding something in both hands and it is not convenient to turn on the light, the smart light can sense and turn on the light automatically. And you don’t need to put down the thing in your hand to find the position of the switch in the dark. What’s more, you can use the APP set the light switch time. When you go home, you will find that the light just turns on. When you leave the house, the light will turn off at the time you set it. We have to say that our lives become much more convenient thanks to the smart lights.
More Colorful Life
You can control the color of smart lights according to different scenes. Many smart lights support full-spectrum lighting adjustment. This means that you can set the color to many colors at will. For example, you can set the color of lights to match with your home ornament at a festival, which would bring a more festive atmosphere to your party. And you can dim the light when you want to enjoy a movie, or turn it brighter when reading.
Safer and More Healthy Life
Darkness can be a danger in our daily life. It will attract the attention of bad guys. Many thieves will take advantage of the dark to enter the house. If we use smart lights, can these things be avoided? Imagine that when a thief tries to break into the home, the smart light at the doorway will automatically light up because it senses the movement of the object, which will scare the thief away. For another example, when we walk in the dark, it is easy for us to bump into things in the room and hurt ourselves. Wouldn’t it be much safer if we use smart lights?
Moreover, smart lights can help us sleep better. As the research suggests that blue light would negatively affect our sleep and cold white light would disturb our circadian rhythms. Hence, many lighting companies developed the smart light with warm color to help us fall asleep and bright cold color to wake us up in the morning. In this way, we can maintain a healthy timetable.
Types of Smart Lights
Smart bulbs work in the same way as other smart home equipment that is to use wireless technology to connect them with your smartphones so that you can control these bulbs by APP in your phone. According to different protocols, there are 3 common types of LED smart lights in the markets: Bluetooth smart lights, Wi-Fi smart lights, and Zigbee smart lights. Let’s discuss them one by one:
Bluetooth Smart Lights
You can just use your smartphone to connect with such smart light by bluetooth. You don’t need to use any other tools, which is very convenient. But the disadvantage is that you cannot control the lights if you are out of the bluetooth range (about 30 feet). The farther you are from the smart bulbs, the weaker the connection will be until it is eventually lost.
Wi-Fi Smart Lights
Easy to assemble, Wi-Fi smart lights can work without a concentrator. What you need to do is to connect the bulbs to your Wi-Fi through a specific APP. But we suggest using such smart lights when you plan to install only a few of them around your house. Otherwise, the Wi-Fi networks would be overcrowding as each smart bulb acts as a Wi-Fi device connected to the router.
Zigbee Smart Lights
Zigbee smart lights require a concentrator, and they operate on 2.4Ghz radio frequencies. Its connection is much strong and stable, with wide coverage, allowing you to control many devices simultaneously. The weakness is that the price of such smart lights would be much higher.
Things to Consider When Choosing LED Smart Lights
Now that we have already understood some common smart lights on the market, then what should we consider when choosing these lights?
First, do you need to get a hub network to make the smart lights work?
As mentioned before, you can control Wi-Fi smart lights and Bluetooth smart lights through smartphones and don’t need any hubs. While some smart lights require extra hardware such as a concentrator or network bridge to work together. This consideration will affect your budget, after all, additional hardware will increase the cost.
Second, are these smart lights compatible with other devices?
This is a vital factor to consider if you want to know that they are suitable for your home’s smart ecosystem. After all, not all smart lights can work with Alexa, HomeKit, or Google Assistant, so please check this first before your purchase.
Third, what light color and temperature do you want?
If you don’t ask for many colors of light, then you can choose more cost-effective smart bulbs. However, if you have high requirements about light colors and temperature, you can buy expensive bulbs that emit millions of different colors and tones of lights.
As LED smart lights gradually become the mainstream, and related technologies are also constantly progressing and developing. Do you use any smart lights at your home? Or feel confused about what kind of smart bulbs you should use? You are in the right place. MOKO Light is committed to the research and development of smart lights, aiming to provide customers with the best quality smart lights. Got any queries? Contact us to get more information!