Complete Guide to Smart Lighting in 2021

Covering everything from what Smart Lighting is, it's uses, benefits and our recommendations.
Rob Green

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20 February, 2021
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Smart lights are a great way to add new features and functionalities into your home. Set up motion sensors to have lights turn on when you enter the room; or have them automatically dim and change colour to set a mood or scene.

With smart lighting becoming increasingly more popular, year on year, and an estimated worth of $28.8 billion by 2027, we wanted to explain what they’re all about and why people are getting into smart lighting.

Smart Lighting Grows to 28 billion in 2027

Research and Markets Smart Lighting 2020 Report

What is Smart Lighting?

We’ve outline what smart lighting is in a few other articles, like our what are smart lights and what are smart light switches, but put simply, smart lights are network (e.g WiFi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, etc) connect devices that can be controlled wirelessly and made to turn on/off, change colour, change brightness and more through an app on your phone, accessories or through automations.

Think of it this way, smart lights allow you to turn the lights on with a voice command or switch them off with an app on your phone. You can even attach accessories like wireless remotes for easier control, or setup a motion sensor that turns them on when you walk into a room.

When we talk about smart lights or smart lighting, we’re referring to two different products. 1) Independent (individual) Smart Lights (smart light bulbs, downlights, lamps, lightstrips) and then you have 2) Smart Light Switches.

types smart lights and switches

While Independent lights (bulbs, lamps etc) provide more features, like the ability to change the light colour, they cost more to implement than smart light switches.

Whereas switches are the cheaper option for anyone wanting to introduce smart lights into every room of their house. Switches however don’t provide you with more as many granular control options as independent smart lights. There’s always a trade-off between the two.

Smart switches are great at delivering smart features to a whole room, simply by replacing a single switch instead of every bulb. With most smart switches also having in-built dimmer features, allowing you to change the brightness of the lights in a room.

Smart Switches are the more affordable option when you’re looking to introduce smart lighting throughout your home, but lack granular control offered by independent smart lights.

Now you could mix and match smart bulbs with smart switches, which introduces add extra complexity, and unless you like googling “why doesn’t X work with Y”, it’s easier to just pick and stick with one option. Though some independent smart lights can work well with switches (for example smart lamps with smart switches).

Why get Smart Lights?

One of the biggest reasons people invest in smart lighting is the added features traditional lights can’t offer. These new features come in the form of new ways to control and automate your lights.

With more people working from home, having extra control over your lights can make a real impact, for example.

  1. Keep alert and stay productive by adjusting the lights in your study to a bluer tone 
  2. Promote relaxation and get to sleep faster by dimming the lights and switching to an orange tone in the bedroom

When setup correctly, smart lights will integrate seamlessly into your home, that’s one of their biggest draws. Have more control when you need it, but also have your lights just work like they always have, without too much thought.

If you’re someone who has a routine, setup automations so your lights turn on when the sun sets and off when you head to bed.

These type of automations are best filed under quality of life improvement, but can really make an impact to your day-to-day life at home – but they’re by no means essential.

Independent Smart Light Colour vs Temperature vs Tone

When you start looking at smart lights there’s three main light types available. While the quality and brightness of the light will vary, these are the key ones you’ll come across.

  • White lights | Typical white light, can dim but will allows provide the same white light.
  • Day/Night and Ambient lights (Tone / Temperature changing lights) | These lights can change from a very blue to very orange tone, which can help keep you stay awake or fall asleep. Most popular and recommended type.
  • Colour | While not all coloured lights will offer millions of colour choices, good quality brands will let you set any colour you can imagine.

For most people the Day/Night (Philips Hue calls them Ambient) lights are your best option. Unless you have a need to bring colour into a room (maybe a games room) you’ll find the added cost for lights that change colour isn’t worth it.

Smart Lighting With Voice Assistants

The ability to control your lights with a simple voice commands is not only fun but can be quite practical as well. Sometimes you have your hands full, or you’d like to turn on multiple lights without having to physically walk around and flick a switch.

Thankfully most smart lights have tight integration with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri. While Alexa and Google Assistant have more lights that work with them, the big and popular brands like Philips Hue support Siri just as well.

Certain brands like Levitron also have smart light switches with in-built Alexa, so you don’t need a smart speaker in every room to operate them by voice.

If voice control is something you’re after just make sure the brand you choose has support for your chosen voice assistant.

Smart Light Benefits

Smart lighting can bring numerous benefits into your home, but what you’ll find is a lot of the benefits are quite situational. So, what we’ve done is listed the top 4 benefits (i.e. reasons) you should install smart lights into your home.

smart light benefits

1. Greater Control and Automation

Our number one smart lighting benefit is the added control they bring into your home. Allowing you to control them in numerous ways traditional lights just can’t offer.

For instance, you can control them via;

  • An app on your phone or tablet
  • Wall panel (custom installed)
  • Voice Commands (with a smart assistant)
  • With Accessories (like motion sensors, wireless dimmers, and remote switches)
  • Through Automation (like when the sun goes down, or you leave the house / come home)

2. Increased Security and Safety

An overlooked area is the added security and safety smart lights can bring.

A wide range of smart lights offer an “away” or “holiday” mode, which turns your lights on and off at set (or random) times, making it appear like someone is home when you’re away.

Motion sensing outdoor lights have been around for a while, but with smart lighting you could have multiple lights outdoors as well as indoors turn on when someone gets too close. Or simple have your indoor lights turn on when you open the front door at night.

Maybe take it a step further and have your lights flash when a smoke or fire alarm goes off, for anyone that might be deaf or hard of hearing.

3. Set the mood or scene, and make waking up and going to sleep easier

Dim the lights for a more intermate date night, or switch the colours to show your support for your favourite team while you watch the game. Having more control over the brightness and colour of your lights can make a massive impact to your entertainment experiences.

You can brighten up your day when you’re feeling a bit low, or perhaps dim them when you want to relax and a bright light just isn’t helping.

One particular area of the home that smart lights are great for is in the bedroom.

Smart lights that can change tone/temperature or colour offer two amazing benefits to your daily routine; going to sleep and waking up.

  1. Going to sleep, set them to emit an orange tone light, which will help you get to sleep.
  2. In the morning have your lights emitting a bluer tone light, that slowly gets brighter, helping you wake you up naturally.

4. Save Money on Electricity

Now this one is a benefit for some and not for others. Most people promote smart lighting as a way to save money on electricity as they’re more efficient, while true it’s also misleading.

Smart lights are energy efficient because they use a technology called LED, which means they can shine as bright as an incandescent bulb (a lot of homes still use these type of lights) while consuming much less energy to do so.

led power consumption vs

As you can see from the above table, a LED light will be as bright as a traditional bulb while consuming roughly 87% LESS power typically (this varies from brand and model).

So yes, if you’re using incandescent bulbs in your home you’ll notice an energy saving by switching to smart bulbs, alternatively you could just get some “dumb” LED bulbs to get access to the same cost-saving benefit.

If you’d like to learn more about each of the above benefits, head over to our main benefits of smart lighting article.

Smart Light Uses

While there are numerous ways to setup and use smart lights in your home, we’ve condensed our listed to only look at the most common and practical uses for you. Which we hope gives you a better understanding on the practicality of smart lighting in a home.

smart light uses

This section focuses more on specific uses, as opposed to general benefits of introducing smart lights.

1. More ways to control your lights

While it might come off as being “lazy” to turn the lights on/off with an app or voice command the simple fact is, you might not be able to get to the light switch in a convenient way. Maybe you’re out for the night and you forgot to turn the lights off, or maybe you’re holding something and a simple voice command is much easier to do.

Here’s some common ways, people interact and control their lights.

  • Through an app on your phone
  • Voice command(s) (Alexa / Google Assistant / Siri)
  • Wireless accessories (switches, dials, light / motion sensor)
  • Automation light schedules and timers (when the sun sets, every morning, etc)

You’ll be happy to know the above controls will work for your independent smart lights as well as smart light switches. With smart light switches having the added benefit of allowing you to control your lights like you always have, with a switch on the wall.

Whereas if you only installed independent smart lights you’ll want to purchase a few wireless remote accessories so you, and your guests, can physically control the lights in a more traditional and intuitive way.

2. Scheduling and automating when your lights turn on and off

Automation is an amazing use for smart lights, while direct control is useful there’s something to be said about having your lights being controlled based on triggers or certain conditions.

One great use we found was setting up lights in a room to turn on when the sun goes down each day. Which is great if you live in a country where the sun goes down at radically different times in winter and summer. Set it to “when the sun goes down” and watch as your lights turn on only when it gets dark.

Here’s also a few other great automations you’ll want to look into.

  • Lights that slowly wake you up in the morning instead of an alarm (you could also set an alarm if you really need it)
  • Have your lights turn on when the sun sets, and completely off when you head to bed
  • Lights that shift to an orange tone to help promote better sleep
  • Lights that trigger with an alarm so when it goes off the light strobes for a quieter reminder (great when your kids might be sleeping)

Building on from the above list, if you’re someone who has a morning and night routine, you can set the lights in your home to turn off when you get into bed. Or set them to slowly turn on in the morning, helping you wake up naturally.

3. Group lights together for better control

This use is more focused towards independent smart lights (bulbs, lamps, etc), as smart switches typically control whole rooms and not individual lights. Grouping individual lights provides you more granular control which just isn’t possible with traditional lights.

Deciding how you group your lights is incredibly open and customisable, so to give you a better sense of what you achieve by grouping lights we created this list.

  • Group all lights in your home | With a single press of a button, voice command or at a certain time each night you can have them all turn off
  • For large rooms | Group the lights, so only half the room you’re using is turned on
  • Group multiple rooms | Maybe you mainly use the kitchen and lounge, group them together to set the same mood across both
  • Multi-story house | Group all ground floor lights, and have them turn off when you head upstairs to bed

We’re sure you can think of a few more ways to group the lights in your home that’ll suit your home better. Grouping your lights can be great when setup correctly, giving you much more control than traditional lights.

4. Set a scene or mood

Smart lights can make a real impact to a home, and not just with added conveniences. Changing the colour and brightness of your lights can have a real impact to the feel of a room, which is useful for certain activities like watching a movie or;

  • Getting ready for bed | Have your lights dim, and change to an orange tone, to help you sleep
  • Entertainment or date night | Change the brightness of the lights to match the mood
  • Hosting a party or get together | Have your lights slowly change colour, or strobe
  • Helping you study or work | Adjust the brightness and change the tone to a bluer light, helping you stay more alert, focused, and awake.

People are also purchasing lightstrips to introduce a more immersive experience to their entertainment areas. TV companies have even gone as far as to introduce backlighting into the TV’s itself, projecting colours to the wall behind it.

Lastly, while independent smart lights (bulbs, lamps, etc) can change brightness and colours, one thing people might not know is some smart switches also have the ability to dim your lights.

5. Expanded uses with wireless accessories

As we briefly called out earlier, wireless accessories are a great option when you want to add even more control to your smart lights. For example here’s some accessories that we’d recommend taking a look at investing in.

  • Motion & Light Sensors | Trigger your lights when the sensor detects movement or lack of light
  • Door & Window Sensor | Have your lights turn on when you open the front door
  • Wireless Remote & Dimmer Switch | Simple remote that can control your lights, great when you want your kids or guests to be able to operate the lights

Accessories can really bring a lot to the table when combined with smart lights, as I’m sure many people adopted smart light bulbs or lamps want an easier way to control their lights outside the app on their phone.

If you’re after more uses, head over to our smart light uses article here.

Differences between Independent Smart Lights and Smart Light Switches

If you’re still unsure about the differences between independent smart lights (bulbs, lamps, lightstrips, downlights, etc) and smart light switches, we’ve created the below table to showcase the key ones. 

BothIndependent Smart Lights (Bulbs, Lamps, etc.)Smart Light Switches
+ Introduce smart features into your home+ Ability to change the lights colour*+ Most affordable option, replace only your switches
+ Adjust brightness with dimmer function+ Setup light groups, for more granular control+ Keep the intuitive light switch so guests and children can still control the lights easily
 – Guests can’t easily work your lights– Can’t control individual lights
 – Expensive if you plan on replacing every light– Unable to change the light colour

* = depending on brand and model

We need to also point out, the above differences will also be dependent on the brand and model you purchase, meaning, not all smart bulbs can change the light colour. 

Smart bulbs also require you to keep the light switch they’re plugged into on, permanently, in order for them to be controlled. Say you’ve replace all the bulbs in your kitchen, the kitchen switch now has to be left in the “on” position, else you can’t control your new smart bulbs.

While this does mean your lights even when off will drain some power, it’s a relatively small amount.

Which Smart Lights should you buy?

Independent Smart Light Bulbs, Downlights, Lamps, Lightstrips and more..

Smart lighting has to be the most competitive areas in the smart home space, with seemingly every tech brand having a product or two on offer. That said only a few really stand out, either for their quality or price and we’ve outlined some of our recommendations further on.

After looking into smart lighting for what seems like years, we are cautious around promoting any product we see as a potentially bad investment. Which means Kickstarter products probably won’t make their way onto any of our lists.

Most smart lights will either connect directly to your WiFi router or to a hub. While there’s pro’s and con’s for both we’d recommend if you’re going to stick with a brand, to purchase their hub or a major brand one like Samsung SmartThings. It really does make introducing more smart products (like lights) in the future a lot easier.

So do you need a hub or should you just stick with WiFi? Carrying on from above, where possible we recommend getting a starter kit (which includes a hub and some lights) in the brand you’re looking to purchase (or major third-party one). There’s a few reasons for this, which we go over in our smart hub or WiFi router article. But a simple breakdown is that a hubs give you more benefits over WiFi like easier setup, ability to handle ten’s and even hundred’s of devices at a time without interference, and finally they consume less power.

Smart Hub Recommendations

You’ll find several smart lighting brands sell their own hubs. We recommend anyone looking to purchase ten or more lights for their home, to look into getting a hub.

Apart from the hub benefits listed in the comparison diagram above, a hub allows for more control over your home setup. If you’re after a more “generic” hub, we’d recommend the Samsung SmartThings. You can find a list of products that work with SmartThings alongside lights, such as locks, thermostats and more.

Multipurpose Hub

Samsung SmartThings Hub

Acts like the “brain” of your smart home, connecting compatible devices together, allowing greater control.

Purchase on Amazon.

Brand Specific Hub

Philips Hue Hub

If you’re after a particular brand of smart lights, we recommend you look into their hub for greater control. While they can be purchased separately, you should look for “starter packs” as a way to get the hub and some lights in a bundle.

Purchase on Amazon.

Smart Light Bulbs & Downlights

These are your directly replacement lighting choices, offering a wide range of features.

  1. Choose from standard white light or one that can change colour
  2. Adjust the brightness with in-built dimmer functions
  3. Able to be grouped together for more control

IMPORTANT! Also make sure that you purchase the correct bulb for your socket, in other words check if you need a screw or bayonet bulb.

Our recommendations for bulbs

Bulbs that emit a white or coloured light are certainly good for some homes, we’d honestly recommend checking out the “Day/Night” bulbs (labelled as “Ambient” in Philips Hue range) that allow you to change the temperature of light that it emits.

This means it can go from a cool blue to a warm orange, great for keeping you alert & awake or helping you relax before bed. If you don’t need a bulb that can change into millions of colours, these ambient & day/night bulbs are great.

1. Philips Hue

Benefits:Downsides:
Great integration with other productsExpensive
Easy to use appAccessories aren’t needed but help a lot
Setup is straight forward 
Quality built lights 

When you talk smart lights, Philips Hue will always be talked about and for good reason. They offer quality products that integrate and work with most other smart home products.

Bolstering the largest range and being an early player in the smart lighting section, a lot of other companies that make smart home products will attempt to get them working with Philips Hue.

While their price is quite high, that’s really their biggest drawback. If too pricey now, we suggest waiting for a sale.

(Starter Kit) Philips Hue Colour Buy on Amazon

(Starter Kit) Philips Hue White Buy on Amazon

Philips Hue Colour Buy on Amazon

Philips Hue Ambient Buy on Amazon

2. LIFX

Benefits:Downsides:
Easy to setupOnly some bulbs have multiple light fitting options
Can be found cheaper than competitorsIsn’t as well integrated as other bulbs
Straight forward installation 
Quality build 

LIFX is one of those companies that has a small but solid range of products. While not on the level of integration as Philips Hue, they work with a lot of major brands and can be a good option for many.

If you’re not into the Hue range we’d suggest taking a look at LIFX.

LIFX Colour Buy on Amazon

LIFX Day and Dusk Buy on Amazon

LIFX White Buy on Amazon

3. Ikea TRADFRI

Benefits:Downsides:
Cheap smart lightsIntegration is limited
Easy enough to setupColoured bulbs don’t offer same range of colours as competitors
 Setup can be complicated

Ikea has entered the market, attempting to replicate their relatively good quality home products into the smart home area.

We must admit, for the price, these no-fuss smart lights can be a real option for anyone that doesn’t care too much about a more difficult setup, if you’re just after automating the lights in your home.

Ikea TRADFRI White Buy on Amazon

Buy from Ikea US US Site

Buy from Ikea UK UK Site

4. Sengled

Benefits:Downsides:
Reasonably priceLimited integration with some smart products
Easy setup 
Quality lights 

Similar priced to Philips, Sengled has some unique products on offer from lights that have in-built speakers to others that have motions sensors.

Sengled Colour Buy on Amazon

Sengled Speaker Light Colour Buy on Amazon


Philips Hue has the largest range of smart lights, being arguably the most also means a lot of other smart home brands and companies support Philips Hue in some form. Even competing brands like Samsung supports connecting Philip Hue lights to their SmartThings hub.

LIFX is another great brand, that offers a range of bulbs from simple white to coloured. They work well and are easy enough to install, with support for all major smart assistants. Their selection might not be as huge as say Philips, but they certainly give you enough choice.

Ikea is a newish player in the smart lighting area, with their low price point makes them a great option for anyone wanting to introduce smart lights into their home without also breaking the bank.

Our recommendations for downlights

1. Philips Hue Downlight

Benefits:Downsides:
Quality built lightsIsn’t the cheapest
Just as easy to install as a bulb
Integrates with a lot of other products

When you’re after downlights you can’t go past the Philips Hue range. Offering quality downlights that have the same million of colour options, alongside typical smart light features.

Philips Hue Downlight Ambiance Buy on Amazon

Philips Hue Downlight Colour Buy on Amazon

There isn’t much competition in the smart downlight space, which is a shame, they’re also one of the more expensive options you could choose from. This high price is due to their excellent build quality, alongside their eco-system that many other companies support, so invest in Hue downlights is a good option.

Also, be careful buying downlights from unknown brands, as the last thing you want is one of your lights causing a fire.

Smart Lamps, Lightstrips and other

If you’re after adding more light sources into your home, then lamps and lightstrips are a great place to start. Not only can they make a huge impact to a room, they come with the same great smart features you’ll find in bulbs, like the ability to change colour and controllable in various ways like voice.

This list is loosely ranked as all products below are a bit different and can’t be compared like for like. 

Lamps bring light into a room in a way that can’t be done with immovable light bulbs. Introduce new light sources into a room to get that scene or mood just right.

1. Philips Hue Go

Benefits:Downsides:
Market leading brandExpensive
Works with the rest of the Hue familyIsn’t the most attractive looking
Easy to setup and use 

Smart lamps aren’t that common and we’re not sure why, thankfully there are a few good options on the market right now like the Hue Go. 

Philips has brought their experience from bulbs into other products like this lamp. Having millions of colours to choose from, this is a great choice for anyone that wants a lamp that’s smart.

Philips Hue Go Colour Buy on Amazon

2. Philips Hue Play

Benefits:Downsides:
Great when paired with Hue Sync and your TVQuite expensive
Integrates with Hue familyNot as straight forward to setup

Unique is probably the best word to describe the Philips Hue Play, it’s a lamp of sorts but not really. 

The Philips Hue Play can be setup to sync with your TV and provides a relatively bright 520 Lumens to add colour in a unique way.

They can be placed facing a wall to set the right mood or scene similar to the Hue Go.

Philips Hue Play Colour Buy on Amazon

3. Echo Glow

Benefits:Downsides:
More affordable option than many othersDoesn’t integrate with as many devices
Kid friendly 
Works well if you have an Alexa 

While the Echo Glow is marketed towards kids, it’s actually a capable light that provides a nice colourful light for your home.

It’s features are aimed at kids, for example set the colour to change in the morning to let your kids know when they’re allowed out of bed.

Echo Glow Colour Buy on Amazon

4. LIFX Z LED Strip

Benefits:Downsides:
Quite easy to setupQuite expensive light
Has 8 zones per 1 metre for added customisationNo hub support
Sticky adhesive allows you to place them almost anywhere 

Interested in have colour around your home but don’t want a lamp? Well then we recommend Lightstips, these smart lights are great for entertainment areas and provide a lot of customisation.

Having 8 zones per 1 meter strip means you can tweak how they look based on personal preference, or sync them up to your TV to added to the watching experience.

LIFX Z LED Strip Colour Buy on Amazon

Which Smart Light Switches should you buy?

Not interested in replacing every light in your home? It’s certainly much cheaper to replace only the light switches, and to be honest if adding colour to a room isn’t something you’re after, you won’t really be missing out on much.

Smart switches strike a good balance between features and costs, giving you the ability to control them in various ways like apps on your phone, voice and of course physically.

This section is only looking at physically installed smart light switches, if you’ve already installed independent smart lights/lamps in your home head down to our smart accessories section below, which lists a few wireless remotes that can work with your lights.

Smart switches are possibly the best option for a majority of people, whether you’re building a new home or updating your existing one. 

1. Lutron Caseta

Benefits:Downsides:
Supports all smart assistants and integrates with IFTTTWill require a hub
Wide range of switches on offerNot as cheap as some other brands
Provides instructions to self install 

Lutron is a leader in the smart lighting field for a reason, you don’t want to have your house damaged by a faulty switch.

Lutron Caseta enables all the smart features we talked about earlier and does so in a reliable and quality built product.

Lutron Caseta (Starter Kit) Buy on Amazon

Lutron Caseta (Single Switch) Buy on Amazon

2. Leviton Decora

Benefits:Downsides:
Works well with a lot of other smart products and assistantsCan be pricy
App works well 
Multiple switch types 

Leviton is also another solid smart switch company, offering the same quality and reliable products like Lutron.

It comes down more to personal preference, around which smart switch model you want to install in your home.

Leviton Decora (Switch and Dimmer) Buy on Amazon

Leviton Decora (In-built Alexa) Buy on Amazon

IMPORTANT! Before purchasing a smart light switch you check to make sure your existing lights will support it, companies like Lutron have a tool to help you out. Also if you’re not confident with installing them yourself, you’ll want to hire a qualified electrician.

When talking smart light switches there’s two main players, Lutron and Leviton. Both have a reputation for quality products that work with numerous other smart products from various companies, including every voice assistant.

We’d need a whole page to list every smart switch offered by both companies, if you’re interested you can find Lutron’s products here, and Leviton’s products here.

While there’s certainly other brands offering physical smart light switches, we’d recommend sticking with these two companies for now, with their strong history in lighting you can’t go wrong.

You’ll also notice some have a Watt value, this just refers to the total load a switch can handle. If you’re using LED bulbs and don’t have 30 or more lights in a single room, you’ll be perfectly fine with most switches.

Which Smart Accessories should you buy?

While some accessories are tailored to people who’ve purchased and installed bulbs, lamps and other independent light sources there’s a few here that will work well with smart light switches.

These accessories will either give a more convenient way to control your lights, or they’ll add extra functionality. As such, we’ve broken the accessories section into two parts.

Now it might see at this point we’re really into our Philips Hue, which is true, but it’s also due to the fact a lot of other smart lighting brands just don’t have many accessories on offer.

Accessories for more conveniences

Here we’re talking about accessories like wireless remotes, which allow people (guests/children) who might not have an app on their phone to control your lights, or you might just prefer to use a traditional physical button to control them instead.

If you’ve installed smart bulbs, lamps or even lightstrips into your home, having to control them via an app or phone sometimes isn’t ideal, which is where these wireless accessories come in. They give you back that physical button that allows you and guests to operate your smarts lights in a more intuitive way.

1. Philips Hue Smart Dimmer Switch

Benefits:Downsides:
Installation free, mount anywhereCan work with other products but mainly for Philips Hue range
Connect up to 50 lights to a single switch 
Switch between 4 different light settings 

This wall mounted switch is a great for controlling your smart bulbs, lamps and more in a familiar way.

Use the included adhesive or screws, you can place it anywhere in your home.  

 Philips Hue Smart Dimmer Switch (Standalone) Buy on Amazon

 

2. Philips Hue Tap Switch

Benefits:Downsides:
Doesn’t require batteriesExpensive switch
Easily place it anywhere in your homeRequires hub to work
Create 4 different scenes 

Anyone looking for a physical switch to control their smart lights that doesn’t require batteries and doesn’t require installation, should look into the Tap.

Powered by clicking a button, this simple but useful wireless remote can be placed and moved anywhere in your home at any time.

Philips Hue Tap Switch Buy on Amazon

We can’t stress enough how much more useful smart bulbs are when paired with a wireless remote, because sometimes it just isn’t convenient turning your lights on with your phone .

Accessories for extra functionality

Looking to never touch a light switch again? You’re in the right section, here we look at products such as motion sensors to enhance your home and lighting experience. Walk into a room and have the lights turn on like magic, it can be that simple.

1. Samsung SmartThings Door & Window Multipurpose Sensor

Benefits:Downsides:
Can be used for other smart productsRequires a hub
Compatible with popular smart light brands 

These multipurpose sensors are great for smart lights, and several other smart products, making them a good investment.

What can they do? Well their function is simple.

  • Trigger something when a door, window or even a  cupboard is opened or closed.
  • Or vibration, orientation, angle or temperature change happens.

How about setting one up on your front door, and have your lights turn on automatically when you come home at night.

Samsung Multipurpose Sensor Buy on Amazon

2. Philips Hue Motion Sensor

Benefits:Downsides:
Works well when setupHub required
Great for hands free lighting

Again it’s Philips, we know. They just have the products that work and do what they say on the box.

It’s hard to find similar products that integrate and can be used for other smart products.

Set these up in rooms when you want a hands-off lighting experience. 

Philips Hue Motion Sensor Buy on Amazon

That’s it!

Introducing smart lighting into your home can have a huge impact in your day-to-day life. Though we need to stress – smart lights are by no means a necessity, that said they do have a lot to offer anyone that decides to jump in.

Having more ways to control your lights enables you to interact with them in various ways – not possible with traditional lights. 

If after reading about smart lights you’re still not convinced, you might not be ready for them. We wanted to be up-front as much as possible around what smart lighting has to offer, and for some people it’s simply not enough to warranty the time and money you need to invest into them.

As the years pass smart lights are only going to get more popular, with increased demand from home buyers wanting smart home products built in.

If you’re still keen to jump in we suggest looking to installing only a few smart light at first, and see how much of an impact they have in your home. Think we missed anything or want to provide feedback? Head over to our Contact Us page in the footer below.

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