The connected home provides an opportunity to modernise and revolutionise lighting.
It may seem strange that bulbs have been around since the 1800s. While cheap to purchase, the majority of bulbs are very inefficient, and now the market is seeing a progression towards more efficient LED lighting. The connected home provides an opportunity to modernise and revolutionise lighting.
Compared to incandescent bulbs, LEDs have improved efficiency and provide instant bright light; this contrasts with traditional energy saving bulbs which often take time to warm up. Connected LED bulbs using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi can be controlled as a network or individually. Control can be, from other devices such as connected light sources, your phone or your home’s central hub.
Connected lighting is especially popular with first-time buyers, with 43% either currently owning, or planning to buy within two years.
Connected lighting brings a host of potential opportunities, ranging from exciting to functional; lighting that reacts to a video game or music, to filling a room with red light when a fire alarm is activated. Similarly, if fire alarms are connected, doors further from the smoke source could be marked with a green light. Such innovations and technology could be useful for those hard of hearing. Connected lighting has widespread functional implications, taking it beyond an expensive gimmick.
Geo-fencing is a technology that creates a virtual perimeter, for example upon a specific device entering the geofenced area; a preselected result could occur. Having the lights of your house and garden switch on when your car/phone comes within 20ft has immediate security and safety benefits. Similarly, the reverse is true, upon exiting the perimeter, lighting can be switched off to conserve energy.
Through using connected and smart technology we may see a move away from seeing lighting as a separate and manual prerequisite task before entering or exiting a room and will begin to see it as something which integrates and adapts with our lives. Further, LED lighting, being solid state, can be much more than just lighting. It represents a platform that can interact with a larger, connected eco-system.