A smart lighting system is a group of connected light bulbs, lamps or fixtures that can be controlled remotely via an app on a smartphone or tablet, digital voice assistant or home automation hub. They are a key part of any smart home and can be programmed to turn on or off at specific times or based on daily schedules. They can also be set to change colors and brightness, which helps with creating a particular mood or setting.
There are many different smart lighting solutions available to homeowners and businesses. Some are simple and connect directly to your Wi-Fi for quick setup in one or a few rooms. Others offer more advanced capabilities like a robust, dependable network and compatibility with other popular devices. Legrand offers the smart lighting solution that fits your lifestyle, application or project.
Smart lighting products come in many shapes and sizes, from standard light bulbs to LED strip lights to ceiling fixtures and lamps. Most work via wireless connectivity and communicate with your phone, digital voice assistant or smart home system using either Wi-Fi, Zigbee or a dedicated hub. This is how they can be controlled when you’re at home and why you can even adjust them while you’re away from your home.
While you can purchase smart lights individually, it’s best to use them as part of a complete lighting system. This will ensure that all of your bulbs and fixtures work together and are compatible with any third-party apps, home systems or digital voice assistants you want to integrate with them.
Most of the top brands in the smart lighting market have their own ecosystems, with Philips Hue from Signify being the most widely known and supported. They offer a full range of light bulbs and fixtures, including dimmer switches, motion sensors and even weatherproof options for outdoor lighting. These are compatible with all major home automation systems and are also backed up by third-party support from Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri.
Other popular brands include LIFX, TP-Link Kasa Smart and Sylvania Smart+. All three offer a wide range of color choices and lighting levels, with some models offering the ability to automatically turn on at dusk and off at dawn. Some models can also be pre-set to turn on and off at selected times, such as when you’re away from your home for added security and energy efficiency.
Smart lighting systems can also be integrated with other smart home technologies to create a ‘If This Then That’ (IFTTT) recipe that automates certain actions. For example, you can connect them with home security systems so that your lights come on when a sensor detects motion and then switch off again once it’s empty. This can help save energy, increase security and address safety concerns in residential or commercial communities.