Smart BulbOver the last few years, there has been a sea change in the US as more and more homes, government buildings, offices, hotels, industrial facilities and retail centers install efficient LED bulbs. The most important benefit of an LED bulb is that it can last much longer than an incandescent bulb. LEDs can last between 25,000 and 50,000 hours while incandescent may only last 1,000 - 2,000 hours. Even if the prices of an LED bulb is 5x as much, the investment is quickly made up. In addition, the LED bulbs emit much less CO2 and are therefore much better for the environment. Generally, LEDs emit only 10% of the CO2 that incandescent do. LEDs also do not emit mercury which can be hazardous to health. As of 2011, the government began requiring new properties to install LED bulbs rather than incandescent ones.
However, smart bulb does not only refer to the efficiency and environmental friendliness of the item. It also refers to it's integration into a smart network. That means that it can automatically be turned on and off wirelessly, has movement sensors, can change colors and is integrated with the rest of the home or office.
Smart Wifi BulbA smart wifi bulb is an LED bulb that can be controlled by your phone, tablet or computer through wifi capability. The bulb can be turned on or off, it can change colors, increase or decrease in intensity or respond to other bulbs in the home. No matter where you are in the world. You will be able to check if your lights are on and turn them off remotely.
A smart bluetooth bulb is also possible. The Smart Bluetooth Bulb will only use shortwave technology so you will have to be in vicinity of the bulb to operate it. However, there are a much wider array of handheld devices that can utilize bluetooth. That means you will be able to sit on your couch or while standing on the other side of the room from the switch and still operate the bulb. You can change colors, dim the lights or turn them on off completely.
Smart LightingThe concept of smart lighting highlights the ability to integrate the entire lighting system of the home or office. The lighting system works in concert so that if the doors are all locked and nobody is there, all of the lights will shut off. When occupants enter the property, motion centers will immediately detect it and turn on. Similarly, the lighting is integrated with the internet and has wifi capability so it can be operated anywhere in the world as long as there is internet access.
Lighting can automatically become more intense or dim depending on the type of day and the needs of the room. For example, a room surrounded by windows facing west will be have brighter lighting in the morning and dimmer lighting in the early evening. Similarly, the basement will always have brighter lighting. This rightsizing of lighting demands helps to reduce energy consumption.
Energy EfficiencyUsing advanced bulbs and lighting, homes and businesses can increase efficiency substantially and dramatically reduce electric bills. In the homes of the future, all lighting and electronics will utilize smart technology. However, many offices and industrial facilities are already integrating these devices. Smart technology integrates everything including air conditioning, electronic locks, and a range of electrical appliances. Imagine that as soon as you leave the home, all of the lights are instantly turned off, the air conditioning or heating moderates and any non-critical appliances (such as the refrigerator or in-use washer/dryer) are turned off. The energy reduction is huge. In addition, lights in every room in the house will be equipped with motion sensors so that they turn off when nobody is in the room. Together, this vision of the smart home or smart office creates tremendous reductions in energy use with the same quality of life.
Overall, smart technology including bulbs and integrated lighting is changing rapidly. It is effecting our energy needs and reducing the overall demand while extending the life of our lights and appliances. The people, organizations, companies and governments that jump on this trend quickest will take the greatest advantage. The inevitable rise of smart technology in lighting will continue to grow more and more prevalent in society.