Tech Life: How You Can Set The Perfect Mood In Your Home With Smart Lighting – Forbes

February 25, 2022 by No Comments

Welcome to Tech Life, an original Forbes Vetted column that helps the everyday gadgeteer figure out fun, unique and simple ways to enhance their lifestyle through the magic of tech.

Back in 1977, every time Debby Boone sang You Light Up My Life, do you think she thought this was something her not-yet-invented smartphone would someday be able to do for her? You’ve heard about “Internet of Things” and “smart” home appliances, but if you’re not tech savvy, this can be a confusing and intimidating topic. However, if you have the bright idea to add smart lighting to your home, it’s much easier than you might think.

You can easily (and inexpensively) incorporate smart lighting into any home.

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These days, all sorts of gear for your home can become smart, but one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to get started is to upgrade your home’s lighting. When you use smart lighting in your home, you’re able to control it with your mobile device or computer. You can get started with your existing lamps through inexpensive smart plugs, or go a step further and add smart light bulbs with more capabilities.

For instance, you can use voice commands (through Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa) via an optional smart speaker or mobile device, or take advantage of special smart light switches and motion detectors. You are even able to set up timers for the lights to switch on or off automatically at specific times, or whenever you enter or exit a room, for example.

What you’re about to discover is that setting up smart lighting in your home is less expensive and much easier than you ever thought. In most cases, no fancy tools or an electrician is required, and you won’t need to go back to school to pursue a computer engineering degree. In fact, if you can screw in a traditional lightbulb, you’re good to go.


The Benefits of Smart Lighting

Setting up smart lights to turn on or off at specific times is easy, and makes your life much easier overall as a result. There’s the safety argument for starters. If you’re away from home, you can make it appear occupied to dissuade potential wrongdoers. Meanwhile, if you approach your home at night, the smart lights around your front door and foyer, for example, can be set to automatically turn on as you approach.

On the convenience side, if you’re relaxing on your coach and want to adjust the lighting—to make it brighter so you can read or dimmer so you can watch a movie—you can use your voice without having to move a muscle. Simply say something like “Hey Siri, dim the living room lights by 50 percent.” You can also set them up with motion detectors at night within your hallway, so if you get out of bed to use the restroom or roam into your kitchen for a midnight snack, you won’t need to peck around in the dark to flick any switches.

You’ve never quite watched TV like this before, have you?

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Another use for smart lights, some of which can display over 16 million colors, is to decorate a living space, make your TV watching experience more immersive …….

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbes-personal-shopper/2022/02/24/tech-life-smart-lights/

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