With the increasing popularity of technological changes and automation in everyday life, the living space and office space have improved.
In this regard, the lifestyle was improved more efficiently and intelligently, and the smart bulbs and lighting became more popular.
Smart bulbs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and configurations. With smart bulbs, you can decorate your living room, kitchen, bedroom etc.
The use of smart bulbs can add a gorgeous look to your home.
The smart light is a relatively simple item that can have a significant impact on space and a sense of life. Smart lighting is lighting that you can control from an app, usually on your Apple or Android phone.
Smart lights can easily control wirelessly. They differ from normal lights as they do not require manual control. Further, you can adjust the brightness of the smart bulb as you wish.
When combined with the appropriate smart switch, the smart light is smart enough to be used for planning. By connecting a smart bulb with a smart switch, you can trigger scenes, create custom settings, and turn on or off the smart bulb at specific times etc.
Some of the best smart bulbs available in the market
- Philips Hue
- Ikea Tradfri
- Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb
- Hive Active Lights
- Tp-Link Smart Light Bulb
- Nanoleaf Light Panels Rhythm Edition
- Osram Lightify
- Sengled Element
How Smart Bulbs Works?
Smart bulbs just like regular standard bulbs. However, to make it work, you need a smartphone, tablet, or another mobile device.
In most cases, you need home automation hubs to operate your smart bulb wirelessly. Most home automation hubs use communication standards like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, or ZigBee.
Hubs can then be connected with smart bulbs through apps on your mobile device, tablet, or computer.
What do smart light bulbs do: Benefits of smart home lighting
As the name implies, it is SMART, and they do much more than regular bulbs.
Here are just a few things that smart bulbs can do.
- They can be controlled from anywhere
Some smart bulbs, such as the Belkin WeMo LED and GE Link bulbs, have a programming feature that allows you to control lighting when you are not at home.
A great safe option during the vacation as the house never looks empty. You can also turn on the lights or go home with the lights without wasting electricity.
Most lighting brands provide a hub that synchronizes all lights, so you can control both lights with one app.
- They can be dimmed or brighten
One of the main features of smart bulbs is that they can darken or brighten a lot by using its app without installing a dimmer in your house.
- They change colors
Many smart bulbs allow changing their colors. This feature make a step higher than dimming a bulb.
Some smart bulbs have the ability to change their colors over a range of 16 million colors. We can select the exact color we want by tapping a color wheel on the bulb’s app.
Let’s see some scenarios you want a bulb that changes color.
- Want to warm up the feel of a room? Change your light colour to a golden yellow.
- Want to cool it down? Change your light colour to light blue.
- During parties, you can match the party theme’s colour with your lighting.
- In festival seasons, you can use your smart bulb as the theme of the festival. (During the holidays you can turn your smart bulbs red and green for Christmas etc.)
- Hate your wall colour? Change it without painting by adding a little blue, yellow, or red hue with a low-intensity setting to your everyday lighting.
- Some can play music
Smart bulbs with built-in speakers can use as wireless speakers. Some smart bulbs have the feature of pulsating and change colors to match the mood of the music coming out of its speakers, and it acts as a party bulb. Ex: Playbulb Color
The only problem with these bulbs is that they are not very loud.
Do smart bulbs use more electricity?
According to Energy.gov, smart LED bulbs use about 25% to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs.
In practice, incandescent bulbs last only for about 1000 hours, with 90% of the energy used is converted to heat and only 10% used for emission of light.
Incandescent bulbs are economical but last for a short time. Before replacing a Smart LED bulb, you need to replace it many times.
In addition to frequent replacement of incandescent bulbs, in the long run, they wrote more money to incandescent bulbs because they are less efficient in terms of energy consumption than smart LED bulbs.
Smart bulbs are using energy when it is turned off also. However, they use a very little amount of energy.
Don’t worry; it is not bad, as you can see. Their energy requirements are very low and hardly visible. It consumes a tiny amount of energy as a single, smart bulb takes 2-3 months to consume 1kWh of energy.
This is less than two cents a month. Also, consider the cost of saving on electricity costs when switching from existing incandescent bulbs to smart bulbs. You can see how your energy costs are reduced.
How long do smart light bulbs last?
On average, a regular light bulb lasts up to 1,000 to 2,000 hours. Typical non-smart LED bulbs last for about 50,000 hours, depending on the product used.
The average lifespan of smart bulbs is 15,000 and 25,000 hours. If you want to read more about this, I have a full article based on this question. Its been written by using 31 bulbs rated lifespan. Read it here.
Do smart bulbs work with normal switches?
Yes. You can use a standard normal wall switch, already existing in the home, to control the smart bulb manually.
After replacing Smart bulbs with your ordinary bulbs, they still work with existing traditional switches. You can use that traditional light switch to turn a smart light bulb on or off, without any harm.
The only disadvantage is that if you switch off your smart bulb (with the normal switch), it is not allowed to do anything with the smart bulb’s app.
What do I need to use smart bulbs?
As already mentioned, smart LED bulbs are energy-efficient, can control through the internet and mobile apps, adaptable, and longer-lasting than existing traditional bulbs.
You can also control smart LED bulbs via an internet connection. This allows you to control and customize it on your smart device.
With a smartphone, you can turn the lights on and off, blur, change to any of 16 million colors, and instantly change the atmosphere of the room.
You can even use voice commands along with Amazon Alexa, Apple Home Kit or Google Assistant to control all lights in the house without having to move inches.