January 29, 2016

Smart Lighting – Anything But Dim

Making the everyday monotony of worrying about our home appliances and electricity consumption is slowly becoming a thing of the past, thanks in part to the development of smart devices that either connect to our existing electrical equipment or by replacing the equipment with newer devices that have the technology built in.

One such device that is currently doing extremely well is the smart light bulb. They are available from almost every manufacturer that already made your regular household bulbs, but there are also a few startups that have pushed boundaries in this sector.

A company called Nanoleaf started a crowd-funding campaign a few years ago to raise funds for the development of an entirely new type of bulb that in turn got the bigger companies to sit up and take note. The bulb that Nanoleaf designed wasn’t your typical run of the mill house light, it was a minimalist design that didn’t incorporate any glass and was made up of a folded circuit board in the shape of a conventional bulb.

The light emitted from the bulb comes from individual LED’s and could give off the equivalent amount that a 70watt conventional bulb does. The main selling point of that original Nanoleaf bulb was that it only used 7 to 10 watts of power and was dimmable even without a dimmer switch.

Since then a few years have passed, and they have upped their game to compete with the bigger companies that all jumped into the low voltage LED smart bulb sector. Nanoleaf’s current lamp has taken it a step further and is now controllable via Apple’s HomeKit technology. This enables users to use an app on their iPhone/iPad to manual setup different scenes for their lighting and also control the lights using Siri and their voice.

You can tell Siri “it’s time for bed” and have all the lights in your house automatically switched off while your bedroom lights dim to a minimal brightness, or you could tell Siri “it’s movie time” and your sitting room lights would dim to a level similar to a visual environment.

The technology used to make all this happen is carried out via a small hub that is plugged into your router, and it can accept commands while the user isn’t even at home.

Home autonomy will most likely be built into new build properties in the coming years as the rest of the technology progresses, and more devices are becoming widespread. You can already find many replacement smart devices such as the smart thermostat, smart kettles, smart cookers and even smart baths that can all tie into existing home autonomy equipment. And relieve some of the burdens that running a home can sometimes place on our increasingly busy lives, not to mention save us a little money in the process as energy costs to operate their old school counterparts usually dwarf these devices.

The future’s bright, but it’s even brighter with a smart bulb!

Category : Gadgets

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