Remember “The Clapper”? You know, the sound-activated light switch you could “clap on” and “clap off”.
Well, let’s just say remotely controlling your lights has come a very long way since 1986. You can now use smart home lighting to:
If smart home lighting interests you, there are 3 different types of smart home lighting to choose from:
We’ll give you a brief overview of each of these options and our recommendation for which is best.
This is a bulb that connects to your home’s network or home automation hub. It looks and works just like a regular LED lightbulb. Just screw it into a bulb socket and you’re ready to go.
Smart plugs are small devices that plug into existing wall outlets. You then plug your lamps into the smart plugs, which connect wirelessly to your home automation system.
Smart light switches simply replace your old light switches. They are hardwired into your home’s wall like a standard light switch and require a professional to install.
It really depends on your situation and the types of lights you want to add to your home automation system. Here are a couple of our recommendations.
For hardwired ceiling light/fan fixtures and track lighting
Your options: Smart bulbs or smart switches.
Our recommendation: Smart switches because they allow you to continue to use the physical switch with the smart app.
You see, if you turn off the smart bulb from a physical fixture or switch, your bulb is disconnected from your home network. That means you can’t turn it back on remotely from your smart device.
For lamps and other lighting fixtures that are not controlled by a switch
Your options: Smart bulbs or smart plugs.
Our recommendation: It really depends on what you want. For example:
Many smart home automation systems are proprietary, meaning they don’t play nice together. So, make sure you do your homework on which brands/devices pair with each other.