When you about to reach home. Smart home system detects you are at home and it automatically turns on the smart lights. Or when you order a pizza. As soon pizza guy coming with your order, porch lights automatically turns on. Smarts lighting can have numerous applications. In this article we will discuss what is smart lighting, it’s applications and how it works.
What is Smart Lighting ?
Smart lighting is a lighting technology for smart homes that can be controlled from a mobile app, voice-activated personal assistants or condition based (IFTTT) technology.
Types of Smart Lighting System
Smart lights can have a wide variety of applications. Based on type of type application smart lighting system are classified in following types.
Smart Light Bulb
Wi-Fi based smart bulb can be used in normal bulb holder. User need to pair smart bulb with local wifi network. As per requirement user can install any number of light bulbs.
- Control Remotely
- Adjustable Brightness
- Mood based light colors
- IFTTT Compatible
- Can be controlled from Alexa or Google Home.
Smart Lights Connected with HUB
Smart lights are available that can be connected with existing home automation system. They connect with internet through HUB.
They offer all the features provided by smart home system. But their disadvantage is that they can not be used without hub.
Motion Sensing Light
Motion sensing lights turn on when they detect a person approaching them. They use PIR sensors to detect a person.
Motion sensing smart light application includes :
- Switch on lights when you walk in gallery.
- Motion sensing smart Street lights can detect motion on road. Lights will turn on when they detect motion on the road. In this way electricity can be saved.
Communication and sensing technology is a key in smart lighting system. They are connected to internet or mobile using following communication technologies.
WiFi Based Smart Lighting
WiFi based smart lights can are real time connected with the internet. Therefore they can be controlled remotely. They do not require HUB but can not be controlled without internet.
Bluetooth Based Smart Lighting
Bluetooth based smart lights can create a mesh network and can be locally operated using BLE enabled smartphones as well. To remotely control a Bluetooth based smart lights Bluetooth Hub is used.
Smart light sent signal to hub, that is further send to cloud. As a result, lights can be operated remotely and by using voice assistant devices.
ZigBee / Z-Wave Based Smart Lighting
Similar to Bluetooth based lights. they can also create a mesh network but can not be operated without Hub. To control them ZigBee / Z-Wave Hub is required.
How Smart Lights Work?
According to user requirements, smart lights can be controlled in three different ways.
As per User Needs (Mobile Apps / Voice Assistant)
A user can control a smart lights by smartphone application or smart voice assistant. As shown, Based on the technology used by lighting system. They are connected to the internet via smart hub or Gateway. Therefore user can access smart lights via any internet connected device.
Smart Lighting Bulbs and How much they Cost ?
Following Smart lighting bulbs are available in the market. But not limited to this. User can buy a smart bulb based on his requirements. Smart bulbs that requires hub generally cost high compared to wi-fi smart bulb.
|Smart Bulb||Technology||Price||Integration||Hub Required|
|Philips Hue White||Wi-Fi, ZigBee||$ 24||Alexa, Google Home, HomeKit, IFTTT||Yes|
|Philips Hue White and Color Ambience||Wi-Fi, ZigBee||$ 42||Alexa, Google Home, HomeKit, IFTTT||Yes|
|TRÅDFRI IKEA Smart Bulb||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee||$ 15||NA||Yes|
|Wipro Next Smart LED Bulb||Wi-Fi||$ 20||Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT||No|
|Syska Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb||Wi-Fi||$ 20||Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT||No|
To sum up, Smart Lighting Technology is a very important building block for Smart home Automation. Users can remotely control them, set schedules and they can change color based on user mood. All of these features except dimming and multiple color feature, can be achieved by connecting ordinary bulb with smart plug.
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