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A Guide to Smart Lighting

Lighting systems can do much more than they used to. The days of using regular and unsustainable light bulbs that have to be turned off with the flick of a switch are over. Today, advancements in home automation design have brought about an era of smart lighting. 

A smart home lighting system can add convenience to your home life through automation. There are so many options that it may be hard to know where to start. Here we offer a guide to help you understand what smart home automation options related to lighting to consider. 

What is Smart Lighting?

Smart is an acronym for “Self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology.” Smart technology allows you to control your lighting systems remotely, typically using an app on your smartphone or another type of technology. This system operates through wireless transmission like WI-FI radios that can facilitate the connection between your lights and router or through a Bluetooth connection. 

Smart Lights and Hub Controlled Lights 

You can control individual lights, adjust their brightness, and schedule when they turn on or off through apps. Hub-controlled lights allow you to control various aspects of a group of lighting. This control can happen through a comprehensive home automation lighting control system. This type of lighting will enable you to implement specific automation triggers. 

For example, you can program your lights to come on at a specific time or adjust their intensity based on temperatures in your home. This option may be more expensive, but if you’re looking for more convenience in your lighting, that may be the way to go. 

Controlling Your Lights 

Knowing the right smart home lighting system to invest in can depend on how much control you want to have. For example, if you only need to control your smart lights while home, a Bluetooth setup makes sense. However, Wi-Fi is likely the best option if you want to control your lighting system outside of your home — like turning on your lights while on vacation. 

How Intricate Do You Want the Setup 

You need to make some other decisions as you consider the type of home automation lighting control system to buy. For example, installing a motion sensor with your smart lighting option could be appropriate for you if you want to save money on energy costs and want lights to come on automatically. 

Additionally, installing smart lighting plugs and outlets could make it easier for you to control your lights outside of the home, or you can connect your lighting with sounds with a home audio system. Decide what you want your lights to accomplish, and you can create a plan for the installation. 
There are many aspects to smart lighting, and it can be hard to know which way to go. Our team at ShadeTree can guide you through the options you have and help you accomplish your lighting goals. Reach out to us to discuss a custom home automation service like smart lighting. 

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