Smart LED Lights: Buying Options for Your Home

Many homeowners are now using LED lights as they are cost-saving, long-lasting and eco-friendly. But there's a trend now to use smart LED light bulbs. These phone controlled LED lights allow users manage the lighting in the whole house with the touch of a button. The smart LED lights can be enabled via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or another wireless protocol, and can bring you loads of new and fun possibilities. Still, they are not only fun, but also practical. By using custom schedules, smart LEDs will be able to minimize energy consumption and therefore save much money in the long run.


Let's look at the very basics of smart LED lighting. Many home appliances from TV to refrigerator and coffee machine are turning smart nowadays according to the "smart home" philosophy, and so do LED lights. The smart LED light is a bulb controlled from any iPhone, iPad, tablet, smart phone or other Android device via special app available on the Apple App Store or Google Play, or sometimes on the manufacturer's web site. You can turn the lights on and off, change colors, dim the lights or make a schedule for your bulbs right on your phone.

smart LEDs by LIFX
smart LEDs by LIFX

There are specific platforms like Philips Hue and LIFX using smart LED lights to create an absolutely unique and unforgettable experience. With the help of red, blue, green and white LEDs they are able to emit light of any color including the most fantastic hues. They come in ready-to-use versions, and some are even IFTTT-compatible, allowing you build your own recipes. With this technology smart LED lights can adjust their color to fit in different scenarios, for example the time of day or the weather outside, which team is winning the game or what music you hear in iTunes, and much more.

If you are not a big fan of smart phone technologies but still want to use smart LED lights, we've got some good news for you. Most of the smart LED lights can be operated without being connected to a mobile phone or tablet PC. They usually come with a controller with dozens or even hundreds patterns and colors pre-installed in its internal memory.

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smart LED lamp by Xiaomi

Here are some basic functions of modern smart LEDs:

- The alarm clock function. LED light will switch on at a preset time and will slowly become brighter and brighter imitating the sunrise. This will make the wake-up process more easy and natural.

- Smart notification function. LED lights can flash when the user receives an incoming message. This feature might be extremely helpful for people who have hearing loss.

- Dim function lets the user dim the light bulbs, whether one at a time or all at once.

- Auto dim function can automatically dim the lights in the house when it's light outside. This will prevent waste of electric energy and accordingly the homeowner's money.

- Universal switch off function will let the homeowner turn the lights off throughout the house with only one button.

- Smart LEDs can remotely turn the lights on and off while away, making an illusion that somebody is home.

Remember that not every smart LED light bulb features all of these options. Try to learn more about the particular item via manufacturer's web site before buying.

Here are some examples of using smart LEDs in the interior:
using smart LEDs using smart LEDs
using smart LEDs using smart LEDs



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