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Ever find the warmest, comfiest position in bed then have a little dread settle in when you realise someone’s got to get up turn off the lights? Stay toasty in bed with the help of Smart lighting, your new handy assistant that allows you to remotely control your lights.
What is Smart Lighting?
Clap, remote and voice control lights were once a convenience only seen in movies but thanks to invention of smart lighting you can now feel like a movie star and control your own lights in fun new ways. Choose a classic globe and command brightness settings or play around with LED globes, beams and or strips to experience a world of technicolor. With this seemingly simple upgrade you open your eyes to a myriad of luxuries you didn’t even know you needed. Set the mood for a romantic date or disco, make your lights mirror the colours on your television for a cinematic experience and so much more.
How does Smart Lighting work?
Smart lighting is essentially automation; the process of using machines, computer software or other technology to perform tasks ordinarily done by humans. Smart lighting swaps out your manually controlled traditional light bulbs with automated bulbs that are controlled via an internet, Bluetooth or a central hub/bridge connection. Embrace a life of convenience and never lift a finger to switch on a light again.
What should I consider when purchasing Smart Lighting Products?
What kind of lights do I want for my space?
Know what you want out of your smart lighting experience. You can of course just purchase a smart globe that works independently and call it a day, however, there are a lot of affordable starter packs out there that give you the option to expand. The Phillips Hue range is plentiful, with smart round bathroom mirror lights, outdoor patio lights, television lights and so much more. Explore our range and find a brand that suits your space today.
Will my pre-installed dimming switch interfere with my smart bulb?
Often older technology can interfere with new technology as they compete to perform the same task. This can be the case with you new smart dimming bulb and your old, pre-installed dimming; the two mechanisms get confused and sometimes clash, causing flickering lights. In this case you could consider swapping your older original dimmer switch out for a smart dimming switch to avoid any interference. Alternatively, you could choose LIFX Smart Beams or Nanoleaf Shape Lights that work without connection to a light socket and easily mount to walls.
Does this globe need a hub?
It can be as easy as purchasing a smart bulb and syncing it up with your device via the app, but some smart bulbs only work with certain hubs, bridges or modules and may not be compatible with your already existing Smart Home system. A compatible bridge, hub, module or Smart Home system act as the motherboard for your smart lighting ecosystem and sometimes your globe won’t work without its main communicator. When searching our Smart Lighting range you’re able to filter by compatibility so you can easily view products compatible with your pre-existing Smart Home system or one that you intend on buying.
How do Smart Homes work?
You’ve probably seen these three hub names floating around the internet when googling “Smart Home” but how do they differ? And which one should you consider?
Apple are known for maintaining their exclusivity, consequently, HomeKit only works with Apple products— a feature that benefits Apple fans and shuns Android users. HomeKit, like all Apple products, is extremely user friendly and works on all iOS devices. Due to Apple’s previously required hardware encryption, the list of compatible smart devices is more limited in comparison to their competitors, Google Home and Amazon Alexa, but future collaborations and range expansions are taking place as we speak. If you’re going to purchase a smart light for your HomeKit make sure to look out for the ‘Works with HomeKit’ badge.
Google is only just trailing behind Alexa as the most popular Smart Home platform and offer a wide range of compatible products. What’s great about Google is that their assistant is the same throughout all your devices, Nest, Hub, Pixel Phone or Android device. This gives them the slight upper hand as Amazon’s Alexa can only be hailed within range of the Hub or App.
Amazon’s Alexa is one of the most popular smart home platforms. Many reports have stated that Amazon dominates 53% of the smart home market. Since then, they’ve been fierce in maintaining that spot, consistently and aggressively expanded their grip over the market since the introduction of the Amazon Echo Dot. Much like Google Home’s ‘Actions’ option, Alexa’s ‘Skills’ allows you provide weather reports, recipes etc., it’s compatible with iOS and Android devices through the Alexa app and is continually upgrading.
When it comes down to it all these platforms have the same base features, and all allow you to voice or remotely control your Smart Home. Luckily, you’ll find that leading manufacturers of smart home lighting apparatuses such as Phillips and LIFX are compatible with all three platforms, so decision making really boils down to your current mobile device, your budget as well as your preferred voice assistant.
Discover our wide range of the best smart lighting for your home or office setup at Officeworks.
Smart Lighting Range
With the controls on your smartphone or tablet, you can adjust the lighting in your home or office depending on the time of day, weather, or personal preferences. Sensors and timers can be used to automatically detect your presence and turn the lights on or off, or gradually increase or decrease lighting intensity, in any room.
You can also use your controlling device to remotely turn lights on and off or use a timer to do it for you – perfect for when you’re travelling or running late.Shop Now
Smart Lighting Indoor Lights
This Philips Hue White Ambiance A19 Starter Kit is perfect for getting started with the Philips Hue system. The kit comes with everything you need to set up; the Philips Hue Bridge, a dimmer switch and 2 lightbulbs so you can get started. You can use the Phillips Hue app and set your system to wake you up with a soft light which slowly gets brighter or provide a soft glow of white light as you relax and unwind at the end of the day. It’s also able to change from cool to warm tones to better suit the mood for entertainment and more. Talk to your lights using the Google Home Kit compatibility and create a new warm home today.
Smart Lighting Outdoor Lights
This Philips Hue Outdoor Spot Light Kit allows you to enjoy a customisable smart light in your outdoor areas. It's compatible with Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit, so you'll be able to set your light up with your virtual assistant then control your lighting using only your voice. Plus, you can adjust the light to one of 16 million colours to achieve the perfect shade for your needs.
Smart Lighting Starter Kit
This Nanoleaf Shapes Starter Kit is a smart lighting set up with a modular hexagonal design and customisable LED panels. The panels produce bright, varied colour, with up to 16 million possible colours. You can set them up to interact with music, your computer screen content, or to react to touch. You can control the lights via Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or IFTTT, and more.Shop Now
Smart Lighting Motion Sensor
This Philips Hue Motion Sensor is a great addition to your existing Philips Hue System. You can use the sensor to automatically turn on your lights whenever you enter the room. It has an integrated daylight sensor, so it won't activate unnecessarily on bright days. The sensor works with your existing Philips Hue system by connecting to the Bridge.Shop Now
Phillips Hue Motion Sensor
Smart Lighting LED Strip
Light up your outdoor patio with the Lenovo Lightstrip. The strip is self-adhesive for easy installation and features 360 LED lights for illuminating your space. The RGB colour range can be customised to suit your aesthetic and mood. It has an IP65-rated waterproof construction for use outdoors and works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.Shop Now
Smart Lighting Coloured Beams
The LIFX Beam Kit comes with 6 beams, each of which contain 10 colour zones so you can mount them to your wall in a way that makes sense for your space and create fun lighting effects. The LIFX system works with Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit so you can enjoy easy, handsfree control of your ambience. You can also simply jump on the app to create your own lighting schedules. The wide colour range means you can choose between 16 million colours in a cool or warm light at different brightness levels to suit your needs.
LIFX Smart Light Bulb
Smart Lighting White Bulb
This TP-Link Kasa Smart Bulb is ideal for use in the household or workspace, allowing you to streamline your lighting control. The Kasa Smart App can be used on your smartphone or tablet to dim the lights, set on and off schedules and track real-time energy consumption, with the option being available to control your lights using Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice commands. It connects directly to your WiFi connection, so you don’t need a hub to setup this one. It comes in a beautiful filament soft white design for a warm, vintage feel.
10 Features and Benefits of having Smart Lighting
- Control and convenience:Sit back, tell Alexa you’re walking up the stairs with a handful of groceries and she’ll switch the lights on for you.
- Lower energy use: Reduce the amount of electricity ordinarily needed to keep your room lit and ENERGY STAR certified smart bulbs use 70 to 90 percent less energy than a traditional bulb.
- Longer lasting: These bulbs can last up to 35,000 to 50,000 hours, on average these last from 15 to 25 years. That means less light bulb changes.
- Feel more secure: Some come fit with motion-sensors that turn on or off when someone is in the room, this can also connect to phone alerts and increase your indoor and outdoor home security.
- Sleep better: Let these lights follow your natural circadian rhythm, you can wake up to a soft glow that gradually turns into a brighter light, stimulating productivity, much like sunlight. This is especially helpful on those gloomy winter days.
- Your new visual weather forecast: Know what the weather’s like outside just by looking at the colour of your smart light. Jump out of bed in excitement on a sunny day and stay snuggly during an overcast day.
- They’ll set the mood: Smart lights are as fun as they are functional. Many can be set to change color or alter a room’s mood with settings ranging from bright and efficient to relaxing and romantic.
- Décor: Smart lights come in all shapes and sizes now, there are octagonal, triangular, beams, and more. These double as a functional aesthetic for your space.
- Experience better media: Set up smart lights behind your TV or gaming console and watch the hues flash to the music or media.
- Customisable: Light your space the way you want to. There’s the perfect warm, cool, colourful light for everyone and any time of day, smart lights can reflect your feelings, make you feel more productive and or excited. Create your moods and pick your favourite brightness setting today.