The saying goes that a house can not be started on the roof. And that is an indisputable truth. But the creation of a smart home does not have to start with a complex and expensive home automation system. On the contrary, the humble light bulb has an enormous importance and that deserves to be explored. Its low cost and high possibilities make this element one of the indispensable objects that can not be missing in any connected home.
In addition to reducing energy consumption through the use of LED technology, smart bulbs make it possible to save electricity by switching off lights when no one is in the room. But these are just two of the possibilities offered by a technology much more profitable than it seems at first glance. Go ahead and discover the potential of a good intelligent lighting system.
Create differentiated environments for each stay
Until recently it was usual to use the same type of light for the whole house or to alternate technologies with variable results such as fluorescent lights in the kitchen, halogen spotlights in the corridor and traditional bulbs in the rest of the home. The result was a very asymmetrical consumption, somewhat aggressive tonalities and even headaches caused by the flickering of some old lamps. None of this is a problem thanks to intelligent lighting.
Adjustable bulbs such as the Philips Hue , Elgato Avea Bulb or TP-Link LB100 models allow you to create personalized stays. For example, a neutral light is much more pleasant to cook and better appreciate the color of food than an unpleasant fluorescent or a cold light. At the same time, the dining room can become a more welcoming space by changing its lighting to warmer tones or adapt it to be with visitors.
Also, moviegoers will enjoy more with dim lighting than with a particularly aggressive one as that provided by the old lounge lamps. The interesting thing about modern intelligent lighting systems is that we can obtain all these luminous characteristics without changing the lamp , using only one application in the mobile to alternate tonalities and brightness.
Moreover, innovative options such as Nanoleaf Aurora panels allow you to create attractive geometric shapes with individual colors and even animations. And is that design and habitability are not close concepts. Quite the opposite.
Relax your eyes and improve your rest
A very weak or too intense lighting may end up causing headaches or feeling tired. This is compounded by the fact that many people turn on or off the light of the office and continue working the rest of the day without getting up from the chair, spending hours and hours in front of the computer with bad lighting. Smart bulbs can help prevent this fatigue by automatically activating over time.
For example, working in a dark room can tire our eyes badly. A light bulb that begins to light dimly at seven in the evening and increase its intensity as the night progresses can be very helpful. Not only will we avoid that unpleasant feeling of tired eyesight, but we will be more productive and have a clearer mind.
Also, there is a series of studies that indicate that we rest much better at night if the hours before getting into bed we are exposed to a softer lighting. To program the lamp in the living room so that it reduces its intensity when it is done at night will make the next day we wake up fresher and more rested.
Use the lights as a reminder (and much more) using IFTTT recipes
IFTTT are the initials in English of ‘if this happens, do this other’. This is the name given to a web service through which it is possible to make the lights of our house activate in a certain way under specific circumstances. For example, it is possible to program Philips Hue bulbs using a ‘recipe’ that blinks the light when it is time to go to bed or gradually adjust its intensity at sunset .
More interesting still can be the possibility of changing the color of the lamps to warn us when it is raining . Never again will you leave home to get fully into a downpour. And what would you think if the lights of the house warned you when you just received an e-mail from a specific person or when it’s time to water the plants? You can find all these recipes (and many others) on the official IFTTT site.
Drive away the caco
Without a doubt, one of the great and most obvious advantages of intelligent lighting is its ability to program its activation by the hour. Using a mobile or tablet connected to the Internet, it is possible to establish schedules and use schedules so that the house lights are turned on or off in rooms at specific intervals. In this way we can save energy, but also give the impression that the house is inhabited.
While the automatic activation of the lights in the presence of ‘visitors’ or by simple time intervals is not the perfect solution to avoid the enemies of others, the truth is that most thieves avoid problems. If they see that a house is illuminated during the holidays, they will probably prefer to go and perpetrate their misdeeds elsewhere.
In any case, those interested in improving the security of their home should always consider all the possibilities offered by the connected home, including Wi-Fi alarms and motion sensors.
A small revolution for deaf people
September 28 is the International Day of Deafness. This is not a simple random data; Intelligent lighting can offer important improvements in the quality of life for people with hearing problems. More specifically, the firm Convo offers an application for Philips Hue bulbs that allows changes in lighting to be used to visually notify incoming calls that would otherwise be ignored.
Also, it is possible to control the bulbs to identify the person who wants to establish a voice or video call using different colors or to establish blinks denote the missed calls. Moreover, the application automatically controls the lighting of the room so that the signs made during a video conference are simple visible, thus improving communication on both sides of the call.