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The Benefits of Upgrading to a Smart Lighting System

Written by Tom Clarke | Jul 28, 2021 8:57:21 AM

As smart technology begins to line the shelves, the demand for smart lighting has skyrocketed.

In fact, the global market for this tech was estimated at $11.23 billion in 2019, and will triple by 2026. According to a Fact and factors report. But what do we actually mean when talking about smart lighting? 

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Smart lighting will completely change the way you’ll think about lighting your home. There’s a wide range of benefits we’ll be discussing in this blog. Whether you’re looking to make the transition to smart lighting or upgrade your existing system.

Smart Lighting: What you Need to Know

If you are still using traditional lighting, then switching to smart lighting can offer a range of benefits. Some of which you may not have even considered.

Smart lighting can be designed to add value to your home and add a true wow-factor that will impress guests. You aren’t just limited to smart bulbs like those sold in DIY smart lighting kits. You have the freedom to use a variety of LED bulbs, panels, and strips to change the profile of a room.

Fittings can be tailored to your exact needs, adjusting the mood lighting in any room at the press of a button or by motion sensor. Smart lighting can go even further than your home too, beautifully lighting up driveways, front patios, and gardens.

What makes this tech truly innovative is how smart lighting is controlled. It can be programmed to instantly light up your home without you needing to touch a light switch.

Top 5 Features of Smart Lighting

  1. Avoid having lots of light and dimmer switches. Rather than having to adjust each of them manually, you can have one button that takes care of your lighting, whether in one room or around your home.

  2. Going to bed and unsure if someone has left a downstairs light on? Rushing out of the front door? Use the "all off" function to switch off all the lights in your home, at the touch of a button.

  3. When away from home, integrate smart lighting with "mockupancy". This will intelligently switch lights on and off at different times of day to simulate someone being at home.

  4. All lights can be controlled via a touchscreen panel, or even your smartphone and other connected devices. Use these to schedule smart lighting patterns. For example, have inside lights gradually brighten during your morning routine.

  5. Integrate with smart blinds and curtains to unify your home's lighting system.

Can Smart Lighting Save Me Money?

Smart lighting can also save you money on your energy bills. Unlike older systems, smart lighting uses long-lasting bulbs as opposed to halogen or incandescent bulbs. According to energy.gov, these alternatives use 25 to 80 percent less energy than generic bulbs, and last up to 25 times longer. Although more expensive at first, you could be saving up to £5 a year for each bulb you switch.

Smart lighting devices are both energy efficient and can boost the profile of any room. When paired with other tech like smart heating, those savings can be taken even further.

There are plenty of other practical benefits to installing smart lighting. You can read more about the benefits in our 101 blog.

 

Upgrading my Lighting

Even if you have been reaping the benefits of smart lighting for some time, this tech is always improving. It's never worth ruling out an upgrade. Instead of just maintaining your existing system, it's good to keep up with the latest trends.

You may have introduced DIY smart bulbs into a single room and are now looking to add smart lighting throughout the entire house. Or, you might have had smart lighting for several years now but want to understand the new options available to you. You could also be looking to expand your smart lighting beyond your home with outdoor lighting for the front of your house or garden.

One way to upgrade your system is to make it easier to control. With smartphone tech becoming more advanced, mobile apps are now the norm when it comes to controlling smart home systems. 

By upgrading your smart lighting you can replace a switch with a more modern alternative. One that offers seamless, smart control of your lighting systems throughout the entire home. No, we're not talking smart plugs. Brands like Lutron offer clean, stylish switches to suit every home. Not only that, you can add smart devices such as smartphones and tablets to your network or Apple HomeKit, giving you control on your terms, whichever room you are in.

Using management systems such as those offered by Control4 can help to unify your lighting with other smart devices. If smartphone controls aren’t your thing, don’t worry. You can keep simple button controls or even use voice control to manage your light strips or table lamps.

In recent years we have seen an increase in the number of other smart home devices. Upgrading your lighting system will allow you to unlock a range of useful features with these devices. For example, integration with smart blinds. Daylight sensors can be used to naturally adjust the amount of light, connecting with dimmers to give you the perfect lighting levels across the day.

You may also be considering changing the look of your home. There are plenty of ways smart lighting can add to the features and design of any room. Our design team at Chris Lewis will strive to make smart lighting perfectly suit your decor. We primarily work with strips and panels as well as other fittings.

The Future of Smart Lighting

Smart lighting is a worthwhile investment that lifts the vibe in your home. You should also consider the potential to be more energy efficient and save money on your bills.

What about the future of smart lighting? In the coming years we’re likely to see more smart home tech benefit from advances in machine learning. They may be able to fully automate your home, potentially removing the need for manual controls altogether. It may sound like something from a science fiction film, though we’ll start to see smart home systems learn how homeowners use their lighting, creating automated patterns to reflect this. For the best experience, you should never rely on cheap, off-the-shelf lighting tech like smart light bulbs or smart LED lights.

For now, there are still plenty of systems and upgrades available that could completely change the way you’ll think about lighting your home. Smart home tech is only continuing to progress and expand. Setting up the basics within your home will create endless uses, whilst also offering a foundation to add to in the future if you so wish.

Final Thoughts

Ready to brighten up your home with smart lighting? Make sure you do it right. A trusted installer can offer smart lighting, but before an installation make sure to ask yourself the key questions:

  • How many rooms am I looking to add smart lighting to?
  • Which benefits am I most eager to implement?
  • Am I looking to integrate with my other smart tech?
  • How will I manage light control solutions in my home?
  • Do I know where to find a trusted installer who can service, support and maintain my system for years to come?

At Chris Lewis Group we’re a Certified Lutron Installer, meaning our experts are highly experienced in the specification, design and installation of Lutron lighting.

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