Smart lighting's all about set-and-forget convenience and expression. Some of the more common smart light features that make life simpler include:
But if you delve deeper into their features, you'll discover more novel ways to use smart lights, including:
Most smart lights come with the same standard features out of the box, like remote dimming and light scheduling. So, your choice might come down to something as simple as how it looks, or as complex as how customisable it is.
There are two key things you need to do to get your smart lights up and running:
1. Physically install them in your space
Thankfully, new installation methods aren't required for most new smart lights. In fact, most smart globes can be bought in regular Edison screw, bayonet cap and GU10 connector variants.
Smart lights that don't go into light fittings – like the portable Philips Hue Go – are even easier, as they simply need to be plugged in and powered. And with downlight conversion kits available for globes like the Sengled Pulse, you have even more options at your disposal.
Of course, just like with non-smart lights, it's best to get a qualified electrician on the job if you think you'll have to navigate existing wiring.
2. Connect them to your home network
Smart lights need to be connected to a home network via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or a similar technology. They can then be controlled with your phone or tablet using the light's included app. All you need to do is power on the light, find it in the app, and you're ready to go.
It's important to consider the technology used by your smart light. For example, if it uses the more limited range of Bluetooth, you won't be able to control it when you're away from home. On the other hand, a Wi-Fi-enabled smart light can be controlled from anywhere as long as it and your phone are connected to the internet.
Take a look at our great range of smart lights.