A short guide to home lighting automation

A Short Guide to Home Lighting Automation

Setting up a lighting automation system in your home can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right tools and the know-how, rigging up your home to include home lighting automation can be easy. 

Let’s explore the benefits of home lighting automation, what it is and how you can use this technology to bring your home into the future.

Defining smart home automation

Have you ever walked into a room in the dark and fumbled around looking for the light switch? Maybe you’ve left your house for a trip and don’t remember if you’ve locked your front door or not. With smart home automation, know that you’ll never have these issues again.

Many modern day technologies — like smart lights, smart switches and other smart devices — have made homes more accessible, and quite simply, better. Through the use of sensors or communicative networks like a mesh network, all of the appliances in a smart home user’s home work together to serve you. With a simple voice command or the press of a button, your home can perform a wide variety of different tasks, from setting mood lighting to closing the blinds, all from your current position.

However, the great thing about smart home automation is that you don’t have to install a large, expensive rewiring project in order for your home to make use of this technology. You can pick and choose how you want your home to be automated, and decide which functions you would like to bring into your home.

For instance, in the UK alone there are about 2.22 million homes that own at least two smart devices, according to an estimation done by The Eco Experts. Join their ranks by automating parts of your living space today! 

Essential devices needed for smart home automation

If you’re interested in adding automation to your home, there are a few pieces of technology that you need to consider. 

Start your smart home automation journey with these essential items:

Central hub

One of the integral pieces of technology that you need for your new smart home is a central hub. Think of a central hub as a brain for your home’s operations. It can receive signals and input, read information and tell the devices that it’s connected to what actions to take. 

Central hubs can take many forms, and sometimes a central hub can even be an item that you already own — like your smartphone! A phone can be the glue that holds together your smart home system by sending your other smart devices commands. Other central hubs that you could use for your smart home are Amazon Alexas or other smart hubs as well. 

As long as the smart devices that you opt for are compatible with whatever central hub you decide to purchase, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of your automated devices in no time.

Sensors

Many devices that use smart technology usually require the use of sensors to feed back information to your central hub. Without a sensor, objects won’t be able to read data and provide accurate information.

While many devices already come pre-built with sensors to help them accomplish their tasks, you can add additional sensors to provide more functionality to your other devices. 

Smart switch

Unlike their more primitive brethren, the switch, a smart switch helps provide greater control over the lighting in one’s home. Paired with a couple of smart bulbs, a smart switch can multiply the lighting options that you have, making for a more robust in-home lighting system. 

Using mesh networks like Zigbee or Z-Wave, smart switches are constantly on stand-by, waiting to receive your every lighting command. Automate your home with a smart switch today.

Types of lights that can be automated

For an interesting use of smart home technology, look no further than smart light automation. One of the most noticeable fixtures in a smart home can be a well-configured automation system — especially one that makes use of all of the above technology.

Some ideas for lights that could make great use of automation technology are:

Ambient lighting

Also known as general lighting, ambient lighting provides the primary source of light for your room. If you have a giant floor lamp that you turn on every time you enter a room, for example, that is one instance of ambient lighting

In many cases, ambient lighting gives the room a general warmth depending on the temperature of the light. Whether it’s in the form of wall lamps, floor lamps or even chandeliers, ambient lighting dictates the general mood and feel of the room. 

For many, automating ambient lighting is one of the first features that people add to their smart homes. Turn on and off lights with ease!

Task lighting

If you have a desk where you like to do your work or a comfortable couch where you read all of your favourite novels, chances are you have task lighting already set up in your home. Task lighting is used to provide a focused beam of light for any specific tasks you decide to pursue, which can easily be automated as well.

Perhaps you can set up your lighting system to turn off your task light when you have left the area, saving electricity. With a smart home setup, this can be easily accomplished by just fiddling around with your settings.

Mood lighting

Lighting your space with a simple fluorescent bulb or yellow light has become more and more outdated. With special smart bulbs that you can purchase, in addition to a smart switch, mood lighting has never been easier to implement in your own home.

Change the intensity of your accent lights by adjusting it with your central hub. Bring differently colored lights into your workspace, mixing light colors until you find the perfect combination for whatever task you have at hand. Mood lighting can bring an exciting twist to your living space, and using a smart switch to pair it with can ensure that you’ll never have another boring lighting situation again.

Advantages of smart home automation

Before you dive into the world of smart home automation, you might first ask yourself: Why choose to automate your home lighting system?

If the convenience of smart home lighting hasn’t won you over yet, there are still a number of other boons to creating a completely integrated smart home system. 

Save power and cut down on your electricity costs

Never worry about your lights wasting power in your home again. With smart home automation, the lights in your home can easily be scheduled to turn off after a given amount of time, or you can turn them off yourself using a simple voice command or an app. 

Ensure that your electricity bill won’t be higher than it has to be with smart home automation.

Keep your home safe

Using their sensors, you can keep your home safe by turning the lights on whenever there is an unwanted presence in the area. 

Additionally, installing an automation system can also help you lock the doors when you’re not home, record suspicious activity in the area and alert you about any unwanted guests. 

Customise your home to your heart’s content

Did you know that the way that you light up a room can change how it is perceived? Placing key lights in certain corners of your room can even shape how the room looks, making it seem bigger or smaller than it actually is. 

Adding additional colours to your room can also change the way that you see certain objects, which can help if you’re photographing products in your room or designing a space to achieve a specific aesthetic.

Learn about your habits

When you automate your home’s functions, you’ll also be able to gather data about your living habits. For instance, when you peek into your smart home app, you’ll be able to see how much energy you’ve been using as well as other factual tidbits. 

From these data points, you’ll be able to better understand how you can improve your lifestyle and save some money at the same time.

Start your smart home journey with EVVR

Interested in setting up a smart home? One of the best things that you can do when you start is to use EVVR’s In-Wall Relay smart switch, which can turn your regular light switch into a wireless one using Zigbee technology. There’s no need to check if your home needs to install a neutral wire, and there are no minimum load requirements. 

Together with your favorite smart light, you’ll be able to have a robust lighting system in your home in no time! To find out more about EVVR’s In-Wall Relay smart switch and how it can improve your home, visit our product page and contact EVVR today.

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