One of the newest trends in home lighting are smart bulbs. Smart bulbs are not your average LED light. They are called “smart” because they are connected wirelessly to your internet. Because of the wireless control of the smart bulb, they require a smartphone, tablet, or home automation hub for operation and control. They are more expensive than regular bulbs, so why should home owners spend the extra money? Here are five reasons why your next bulb purchase should be a smart bulb.
They Are Controlled From Anywhere
Not only can you control the lights from anywhere in your home, but also from outside the home. If you are on vacation, you can turn the lights on and off at your own discretion. This makes your home look occupied, even when it isn’t. You can also turn on the lights when you get home and avoid walking into a dark house or garage. Smart bulbs are a step above traditional light timers because you can vary the times of lights coming on, and adjust the brightness and dimness.
Dimness and Brightness Adjustment
Changing the brightness of smart bulbs is an easy step from your smart phone or tablet. They can be set for increased brightness during winter months when natural sunlight is at its weakest. During the longer and brighter days of summer, they can be dimmed accordingly. This is also a money saver because by using the motion sensors lights can be turned on, and more importantly, turned off when someone enters and leaves the room. It can also be useful in dark hallways when someone has to get up in the middle of the night.
Choice of Lighting Colors
Being able to choose lighting color takes setting the mood to a whole new level. It is easy to select any color by tapping the color wheel on the smart bulb app. You can warm up the mood by choosing yellow. Choose a color from the blue family for a cooling effect. You can create an inspiring atmosphere in any room of your home by simply using the smart bulb to change the color. By using smart bulbs in your lamps and lighting, you can change your wall color easily creating a whole new feel to the room. For Christmas, you can paint your walls green and red and change for a festive effect during the holidays.
Melatonin is a hormone in our brains that helps us to sleep. When the lights are dim it is naturally released in our brains. The release starts in the early evening as the sun sets, and increases as it gets darker. With smart bulbs you can program the dimming to start earlier, or later, depending on your schedule. Setting it about 30 minutes before bedtime will start the gradual reduction in light and helping you to get a better night’s rest. The reverse can be done in the morning, syncing the system to brighten about a half hour before the alarm clock wakes you up.
Listen To Music
Everyone likes to have their favorite tunes handy for listening. With smart bulbs, your music can be readily available, without all the wires that accompany a traditional home stereo system. Some smart bulbs have speakers in them, and can pipe your favorite music through the wireless connection. Some smart bulbs will also have pulsing lights coordinated with the music creating an immediate party atmosphere for your home.
Smart bulbs are more expensive than traditional bulbs, but they can last up to 20 years, and they use less energy. The advantages of using a smart bulb vary from mood enhancing, better sleep, security, to the more practical matters of energy savings. Smart bulbs are one of the newest technologies and gaining popularity.