Are you thinking about installing smart lighting in your home? Smart lighting can be used to create a unique atmosphere or dim your lights when you’re not using them in order to save money on energy costs. Although it might seem like an unnecessary investment at first, there are many benefits that come with having smart lighting installed in your home, including the following
1. How Smart Lights Reduce Energy Bills
Simply installing LED lighting can be enough to save you more than 10% on your electricity bills, and smart lights allow you to maximize that potential. When used with a home automation system, smart lights can also help you reduce energy consumption during peak hours and keep you from having to adjust lights manually. They’re also usually equipped with sensors that let them turn off automatically when nobody’s home and react to different natural phenomena such as ambient temperature, rainfall, and time of day. If you think that sounds like it might get annoying after a while, just consider all those times when your eyes reacted faster than your brain—say, when an approaching car’s headlights came into view—and then thank yourself for all those countless times they’ve saved yours.
2. How Automated Lights Can Increase Security
Connecting lights to a central system mean that you can also control them with your phone. This is great for a number of reasons—mainly, if you’re away from home and need to turn on a light before walking inside, you can do so. Another benefit is that lights will be programmed to turn on and off according to sunrise and sunset times. If you have automated security cameras installed outside of your home, connected lighting allows you to use those devices as extra eyes when it’s dark out. They’ll even come on if motion is detected!
3. How To Get The Most Out Of Smart Lighting
Most smart home lighting systems are pretty straightforward. If you’re installing a system, your electrician will connect some wiring to a central unit, which will then connect with your smartphone or tablet via a dedicated app. When you tap a light bulb on your smartphone or tablet screen, it turns on and off as usual. When you tap it again, it’s adjusted to turn off at a certain time—that’s how most systems work. Of course, smart lights can do so much more than just turn themselves off automatically; here are some smart-lighting hacks that may convince you to get one for yourself. And remember—getting started with home automation doesn’t have to be expensive! Connecting several devices from within their native app stores is always free.
4. Why Should I Replace My Existing Light Fixtures?
When it comes to lighting, you have a lot of options. There are many different kinds of light fixtures with varying features and prices—from ceiling lights, sconces, and chandeliers to under-cabinet lighting and track lighting. So why should you replace your existing light fixtures? Why not install smart lighting products instead? A smart lighting system can be installed much faster than traditional light fixtures and they’re often easier to install too. Plus, most systems allow you to control them from your phone—which makes it easy to use them as home automation products. When paired with other smart home systems like a thermostat or security system, for example, a smart light fixture can help make your home more convenient (and save money on energy costs).
Where Can I Find A Contractor To Help Me?
You might think that installing smart lighting fixtures around your home would be a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you have help from an electrician or are doing it yourself, there are plenty of resources available to get you started. Start by looking for a reputable lighting company near you and reaching out. Be prepared to answer questions about how many lights will be installed, when (or if) you plan on building a new home or addition, and other details that will help them better understand your needs. After finding one you like, there are several ways they can assist you with installation
5. Things To Think About Before Replacing Your Existing Light Fixtures
Since light bulbs last a long time, there’s no real reason to replace them as often as you might think. On average, most household bulbs should last you between 5,000 and 10,000 hours. That’s roughly six to 12 years—meaning that if you switch out your bulbs once every few years, you’ll save yourself from having to buy about 10 brand new bulbs per year for up to three decades (or more). So don’t feel pressured into replacing your existing light fixtures just because new technology has become available. Before doing so, take a little time to consider all of your options and talk with an electrician about whether or not it makes sense for you to make any changes at all.