How to Light, IoT/Smart Lighting

How to Light: Why retrofit your home into a smart home?

This question has been answered by the technical team at Ansell Lighting.

In case there was any doubt, the lighting industry is on the verge of its next revolution. Digital technology is transforming the way in which we live our lives, and there has never been a better time to invest in connected lighting technology for your home.

Previously, some ‘smart’ systems were perceived as costly, with specialist installation and commissioning required. However, that is changing and we are now seeing cost-effective, intuitive solutions entering the market that can be used by anyone. Consumers are starting to see the true benefits of connected lighting in the home.

Lighting is an integral part of any home, performing many functions in the form of general task lighting to assist day-to-day activities, ambient lighting to enhance interior design, or floodlighting for security and peace of mind. Adding a connected element and integrating the whole of your house lighting into one connected system that allows you to monitor and control your surroundings has fantastic benefits.

Here are the top five reasons why you should turn your home into a smart home:

Complete control. Connected lighting technology allows you to remotely control your home’s lighting from anywhere. Whether you’ve gone to the supermarket and forgotten to turn the sitting room lights off, or you’re on a two-week holiday and you’ve forgotten to set the lighting to come on automatically in the evening, the in-app controls enable you to do just that.

When you’re at home, it’s the perfect tool to dim the lighting in the room you’re in, control garden lighting from the comfort of your patio, or even set low-level lighting to come on if you’re visiting the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Money saving. With connected lighting systems comes dimming capability. Dimmable lamps often have a greater lifespan and can dramatically reduce electricity expenses. Of course, this all depends on whether the connected lighting system has sensors, controls and, ultimately, the intelligence that can assist you in creating a lighting schedule tailored to your requirements.

In addition to the energy savings, connected lighting systems and dimmable lamps mean that the lamps you install will last longer. Extended lamp life means no more hasty visits to the shop to pick up packs of incandescent bulbs.

Security. A connected lighting system can be configured to switch lighting on or off at a certain time for a specified duration. Lights can be programmed to welcome you home, for example, or to come on and off while you’re on holiday, creating the illusion that someone is at home.

Integration with connected home systems and motion sensors also means that you can utilise your home’s lighting to react to various occurrences. For example, garden lighting can be programmed to switch on automatically once it gets dark, then switch off when you’re ready for bed.

Interior design. Paired with a great lighting design, a connected lighting system can enhance the aesthetics of your home, illuminating your chosen features.

Connected lighting systems also mean you can get rid of the wall switches that line your walls, allowing you to control the lighting entirely from your mobile device – increasing or decreasing light levels or even changing the colour. If you’re a fan of the wall switches, you can still control connected lighting from sleek, modern-looking switches.

Convenience. If you’re tired of having single switches to turn lights on and off, and you’d prefer to control all of your home’s lighting from one point, then connected lighting systems are a worthwhile investment. With customisable programming comes the ability to create lighting patterns that suit you and your family, from highlighting cooking activities in the kitchen to creating a soft ambience in the sitting room for movie nights.

As noted above, the convenience extends to the ability to remotely access your home’s lighting from anywhere in the world for added control and peace of mind.

So there you have it. Five reasons why we think retrofitting your home’s lighting to a connected lighting system is a solid investment. The benefits are forever evolving, with optional updates offering new features to further control the lighting within your office, home, warehouse, garden… the list is endless. There’s no doubt that this revolution in the lighting industry is a positive change.

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