The lifespan of a standard incandescent light bulb is between 1,000-2,000 hours before it gives out. Smart bulbs typically contain LEDs with a 15,000-25,000 hour lifespan. Depending on your usage, a smart bulb could function for decades within efficient automated lighting systems.
Perhaps one of the most well-loved features of smart bulbs is the ability to activate them from anywhere. Whether you use an app on your smartphone or voice command with a home assistant like Alexa or Google Assistant, you can turn smart lights on, dim them, or change their color in a second. Some lights will automatically switch off when you leave the room by using your phone’s location. Furthermore, these controls extend to other rooms, so you can dim your kids’ bedrooms when it’s time for them to prepare for bed. If you’re out of the house, you can even check the status of your lighting via your app and switch off any forgotten lights. You’ll never have to worry about wasting electricity again with remote systems.
Although the initial investment in purchasing smart lighting is higher than energy-saving bulbs alone, you’ll save money in the long run on your monthly bills. Furthermore, you’ll save time and effort now that you won’t have to get out of bed to turn off the light in the next room: you can operate everything from your phone. Smart lights use CFL or LED bulbs rather than incandescent, which reduce the amount of electricity used to illuminate a room. Your energy usage will drop dramatically, especially when you use LED lights with dimmers and motion-sensor detection. This ensures your lights will only operate when someone is present.
Your smart light bulbs allow you to set up a schedule for your lights that matches your daily routine. Whether you want a group of dimmed lights to turn on in the morning for an easier wakeup, a single exterior light to switch on when the sun goes down, or your kitchen lights to turn off when it’s time for bed, your smart lights can streamline your life and protect your property.
Smart technology will allow you to monitor your property’s exterior 24/7. Certain security lights connect to an app on your smartphone to notify you when motion sensors detect movement outside your home. This is useful to expose nighttime trespassers and deter potential robbers. Smart lighting also works indoors, with lights that switch on or off depending on if a person is in the room. This may help guests navigate their way to the bathroom at night, or keep your children from sneaking out of the house.