Best Smart Lights (Smart Bulbs/Lighting)

Last Updated Jun 22, 2020 @ 6:23 pm

Technology rapidly shifts every single day. Owning a smart home in the Philippines, once viewed as a luxury, is becoming a necessity. Smart homes can help you reduce electricity and water bills by allowing you to monitor consumption and use very closely.

Now, you don’t have to make your home into a smart home in one fell swoop. If you still feel hesitant by the move, consider getting a smart light bulb. Slowly ease into this technology by learning more about it.

What is Smart Light?

A smart light or bulb can be controlled from an app. This lighting technology, usually controlled through an Android or Apple phone, is specifically designed for energy efficiency.

Some features include high-efficiency fixtures or automated controls that can make adjustments based on environmental conditions, such as natural light availability or room occupancy. In order words, you can make your lighting intentional instead of mere convenience.

Things to know before buying a smart light/bulb

Installing a smart light bulb

A smart light bulb can be installed as easy as traditional bulbs. It just requires removing the current bulbs and replacing them with the new smart light bulbs.

Smart light bulbs require a wireless connection to be configured with the bulbs’ smart home capabilities.

There are those that need to be directly connected to the home’s Wi-Fi, while there are those that do not require a hub or bridge to reach the Wi-Fi network. 

Familiarizing with lumens

Wattage is for traditional light bulbs, while lumens is for LED bulbs. A 60-watt incandescent bulb is equal to an 800-lumen LED, 75 watts to 1,100 lumens, and 100 watts to 1,600 lumens. 

The brightness of smart LED bulbs can be controlled. A brighter light will be produced with a bulb with a higher lumen rating. 

Saving costs in the long run

A single LED bulb might comparably cost higher than a regular light bulb. However, the energy bill for an average LED will be cheaper compared to an incandescent bulb.

It takes P350 of traditional bulbs compared to the P50 of LED bulbs annually for an energy bill. This is great savings. LED bulbs also have longer lifespan. 

Improving sleep cycles

Light controls how a person sleeps. The brain thinks it is tired when it is dark and it thinks it needs to get up when the sun shines bright. 

Smart lights can help one have a better REM cycle by simulating a sunrise to help one get out of bed on an early morning. They can also help one sleep better by dimming out slowly at night. 

Extra features

There are smart lights that have beneficial extra features. For instance, a Lifx bulb emits infrared light when not in use.

This is perfect for security cameras that use infrared night vision as it provides the camera a good view minus visible light.

Tips in choosing the right smart light/bulb

Check if the light requires a hub.

There are smart lights that need a hub. A hub is an instrument that allows the user to interact with the bulbs from a mobile device and/or smart speaker. 

When purchasing lights, check for these protocols “Zigbee” and “Z-Wave” as these are used to communicate with the smart devices. 

On the contrary, hubless lights do not need extra devices. They are also more affordable compared to bulbs with a hub.

WiFi or Bluetooth is used to connect these bulbs. Bulbs that use WiFi are more reliable and do not need to be within the Bluetooth range (30 feet) to control the light. 

Decide to go white or color-changing.

There are people who are content with turning on and dimming the lights from their phone. There are also those who want to have better specifications like controlling the color of lights.

These lights can be used as a notification system or just reminiscing the honeymoon stage like staging a romantic dinner.

Best Smart Lights/Bulbs

1. Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED Multicolor

This 4.2 by 2.3-inch smart bulb utilizes Wi-Fi for connectivity. It uses Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for integration.

It has both white and colored LED bulbs. Its output is 800 lumens and is estimated to have a 23-year lifespan. It is dimmable and can be scheduled.

Where to buy Sengled Smart Bulbs:


2. Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb White and Color

This smart light is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-enabled. This 2.6-by-4.3-inch smart bulb also has white and colored options.

It is limited to Amazon Alexa for integration. Its output is 800 lumens and is expected to be working for 18 years. It is also dimmable and can be scheduled.

Where to buy Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb:


3. Philips Hue White

This 4.2 by 2.4-inch smart bulb can connect through Wi-Fi and Zigbee. It can integrate into smart homes through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, IFTTT, and Nest.

This has a white-colored light bulb and has 800 lumens as output. It can extend up to 23 years in service. It requires a hub, is dimmable, has location services, and can be scheduled. 

Where to buy Philips Hue White:


Smart Lighting FAQs

Do smart lights use more power?

Smart lights still use a small amount of electricity even when the power is off. Generally, it costs around .05 – .10 centavo per smart bulb. 

Do smart lights use Wi-Fi?

There are smart lights that can still function without Wi-Fi. However, the user cannot control them when away from home. These smart lights use a hub as an intermediary. 

Do smart bulbs work with normal switches?

Smart lights work with regular light switches. To control it remotely, however, requires the switch to be put on always. 

Are smart bulbs always ON?

Smart bulbs are always on even when they are off because they have to communicate with the home’s Wi-Fi or with a hub over Zigbee or Z-wave. 

Do all smart lights need a hub?

Generally, smart lights do not need a hub except for some.

Are smart bulbs fire hazards?

No one is exempted when it comes to being a fire hazard. The good news is that LED bulbs convert more energy into light compared to other traditional bulbs which convert most of their energy into heat instead of light. This shows that LEDs pose a smaller risk as a fire hazard. 

 

About Lornajane Altura

Lornajane Altura is a public high school Chemistry teacher. She spends her time as a freelance writer. She usually blogs about music, science, education, and anything under the sun. She plays the piano if ever her brother needs to have someone accompany him in his violin or her sister needs to sing solo.

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