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Smart lighting 101: What you need to know about smart light bulbs

10 Mar 2020
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Flashback to the early 2000’s and the idea of controlling lights in your home using your voice or through a phone would have been considered a futuristic pipedream.

Fast forward to the present day, these Jetson like lighting mechanisms have become more than a gimmicky tech fad, proving over the past five or so years that they’re here to stay for the long-run.

Wait, what are smart light bulbs?

Smart light bulbs are LED light bulbs that are controlled using your mobile phone, tablet or smart home automation system.

They allow you to conveniently switch lights on and off, dim or make them brighter. Certain smart light bulbs even allow you to alter the colour of the light itself.

While smart light bulbs generally cost more upfront than traditional light bulbs or regular LED bulbs, they use less energy and if you're switching out existing incandescent bulbs in your home, you may be able to save a quite a bit over the long run despite the upfront cost of the bulbs themselves.

How do smart light bulbs work?

Smart light bulbs are simple to use smart home products. Although they’re generally easy to install to use, smart light bulbs can make a HUGE difference to the vibes in your home. I mean the fact you can turn lights on and off throughout your house while watching Netflix on the couch, makes it feel like you’re living in a sci-fi reality.

Smart light bulbs are generally controlled using your smartphone, however many of the best smart light bulbs also offer compatibility with smart home automation hubs such as Alexa, Apple Homekit and the Google Home.

Once smart light bulbs are integrated into a smart home ecosystem, they can be controlled with your voice but more importantly, programmed to work alongside other devices in your home (such as home security systems) . This unlocks some wild possibilities; such as lights automatically turning on and off when you enter the house or exit certain rooms, or the ability to control your lights from anywhere in the world - wild!

Helping you save on energy

Many smart light bulbs pride themselves as being more energy-efficient in comparison to their older counterparts and rightly so, as there are many benefits of smart bulbs that can help reduce energy costs.

Most smart bulbs are LED bulbs which use around 75 % less energy than conventional incandescent light bulbs, as well as lasting up to 25 times longer.

When you take into account additional features such as motion detection, (which switches lights off automatically when no one’s in the room) and the ability to control lights remotely, smart light bulbs can help reduce your usage by a decent amount.

It is of course important to note that when switching to LED smart bulbs, there are upfront costs that need to be taken into account and it may take some time before you begin to ‘save’ money depending on the size of your house and how many lightbulbs you’d be switching out.

What smart bulbs should I buy?

If you've already got smart home goodies in your house, it’s recommended to invest in smart light bulbs that will work harmoniously with everything else you already own.

Many established light bulb brands offer compatibility with the big smart home automation systems (Amazon, Google and Apple) and bulb brands we recommend taking a look at include Phillips, Sengled, Wyze and Kasa.

Where can I buy smart bulbs from?

Pretty much all good home improvement stores, including Mitre 10 and Bunnings carry several brands and variations of smart light bulbs.

Smart light bulbs are also widely available at electronic stores like JB-Hifi,Harvey Norman, as well as office supply stores such as Officeworks. Heck even Swedish powerhouse IKEA has entered the market with their own range of smart bulb offerings.

Thirdly, as they stock pretty much everything else on this planet, you can find an insane select of smart light bulbs on eBay and Amazon, which can be good if you’re looking to buy in bulk.