Want to have lights that can be any color or brightness? Want to be able to control your lights with your smartphone — from anywhere? You can do this through smart lighting, even if your home isn’t already setup for it. It can be roughly as simple as a smart home light switch but there is so much more. Here’s what you need to know about retrofitting your lighting.
What is Smart Lighting?
Smart lighting is a technologically advanced lighting system that can be automated and controlled. There are many types of smart lighting systems, with some being controlled through apps and others integrating into a complete home security solution. Features of smart lighting may include:
- Being set to a variety of different colors and brightness levels.
- Automatically dimming or changing color based on a schedule.
- Matching brightness or color levels on a television.
- Turning on and off based on motion.
As smart lights become more common, new features are also being developed. In general, there are two major ways to achieve smart lighting: either by integrating new, smart bulbs, or by fitting the switches and dimmers with new technology.
How Can You Integrate Smart Lighting?
Retrofitting your home with smart lighting begins by looking at the type of bulbs you have. Most smart lights are bulbs with a standard base, whereas there could be lights with candelabra bases or other non-standard bases in your home.
Apart from this, most smart lighting systems will work directly once plugged in. However, you may need a WiFi system and router in order to connect the smart lighting system with the Internet, through which it’ll communicate with your phone.
Connected Switches and Dimmers
If you simply want to purchase smart light bulbs, you may not need to hard wire your system. However, it’s important to keep in mind cost as well, as many smart bulbs are fairly expensive. Purchasing multiples of them can be costly. Instead, you may want to retrofit your switches and dimmers.
Smart lighting systems may include equipment that fits over or around switches, dimmers, and other lighting hardware. These can be used to turn lights off and on manually, without hard wiring it.
Joining the ever-growing Protect America product lineup in 2018 are connected light switch covers. These Z-Wave-enabled covers are easily installed over the top of an existing light switch, and mechanically turn your lights on or off. Control any existing light switch in your home remotely without re-wiring a thing!
These light-less retrofits are the easiest way to fit smart lighting functionality into an existing home. With no wiring needed, you can begin controlling your lights automatically immediately after the hardware is replaced. Being able to turn on and off your lights at will can save you money, in addition to introducing convenience.
For non-standard bulb sizes, like the before mentioned candelabra bulbs, it may become necessary for parts of the home to become re-wired. Automatic dimming of entire rooms and syncing between multiple light systems may also require that wire be run within the walls. All of this should be done by a professional to avoid potentially disrupting electrical wiring or causing electrical issues.
Smart lighting systems make it easier to control the amount of energy used in your home, as well as making your home more responsive and attractive overall. For those interested in smart home technology, smart lighting is an excellent and low risk way to get started. For more information about smart lighting systems, including manual retrofits, contact the experts at Protect America.