Smart lighting is a great way to enter into the world of technology. For, a modern, updated home the easiest place to start with, is smart light bulbs. With the ease of setup and use, smart bulbs render enough features which give you a sense of what’s feasible. It also has an extensive range of simple to complex and affordable to expensive.
- How do they function?
It is one of the most common and important queries regarding smart bulbs. The plausible answers are a hub, Bluetooth or functions with a Wi-Fi network alone. The answer is a hub which most of the smart bulbs work with. Basically, a ‘hub’ is a piece of hardware similar to a wireless router which connects the bulbs to the internet. Only, initially you will have to worry about setting up the smart bulbs, however later you can forgo the worries.
After the setup, you will have to go through an in-app setup process to identify your bulbs, assign them to rooms, and give you full control over their features.
- What kind of features do they have?
The smart lighting features include controlling the brightness, adjusting the colour temperature (a cool blue/white light to a warm yellow), and changing the light to any colour in the rainbow. Additionally, a few of them have features such as creating scenes or setting schedules. You can set your bulbs to automatically adjust based on time of day, alarms in the morning, or even changes in your location, such as turning lights off/on as you leave or come home from work.
- How will it fit into the rest of your smart home?
Another very common question is finding out what platforms these bulbs are compatible with. Like whether it can work with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant or with Apple HomeKit or Samsung SmartThings? Luckily, most of the smart bulbs available in the market are compatible with all major platforms across the board. Nonetheless, it is imperative that you double check the compatibility of the bulb before buying it.