Smart Lights, Smart Outlets and Smart Switches

Whether you have “turned on” the idea of smart lights, outlets or switches or you currently use them, you may have questions. What do they do?  What are the differences? How will they increase your security? How can you save energy?  And really…what fun can I have? Using any one or all of these devices will show you the answers to all these questions.

What do they do?

Smart lights, outlets and switches are designed to make your lighting elements more accommodating and customized to your usage.  They obviously can turn on and off using traditional methods.  When they are smart lights you can turn on and off by:

1. Using your smart phone

2. Voice recognition systems

3. Automatic scheduling

4. Any where you can reach the internet

5. Motion

What are the differences between Smart Lights, Outlets and Switches

Smart bulbs is where it all began and if you only need 1-5 smart lights the light bulb route is the way to go. Switches are the “source” of the power to the bulbs and now that they’ve been made easier with more accommodating wire configuration they can soundly handle the same functionality as bulbs but cheaper and less hardware needed.  Outlets are very practical for lamp or outdoor patio/porch use.  These serve as a switch and provide the same benefits.

How will they increase security?

There are two ways you’re lights can assist with security.  One is to schedule the lights to come on at various times to illuminate a space you may be monitoring.  The other is to set smart lights to a motion sensor.  When motion is detected in that space the lights once again illuminate the space. Many of the best smart-lighting options include motion-detection features, so bulbs turn on or off depending on whether someone is in the room. This feature can be programmed to send alerts to mobile devices when unexpected motion is detected, both inside or outdoors.

How can you save energy?

Seems pretty simple doesn’t it?  You know when you’re lights are on even when you are away from home.  Those outdoor patio lights that forget to get shut off are now on a smart light timer…shutting off at a predetermined scheduled time. Smart lights use CFL or LED bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs, and can reduce the amount of electricity needed to light a room. An ENERGY STAR®️–certified smart bulb uses 70 to 90 percent less energy than a traditional bulb. To boot, the average incandescent bulb has a lifespan of 750 to 2,000 hours. In contrast, the LED smart lights can work continuously for 35,000 to 50,000 hours, causing your lights to last longer.

What fun can I have?

To determine if you are more of a fit for smart lights, a smart outlet or a smart switch contact us.  We’ll show you how to have fun!