Forgetting to turn off the lights is a bad habit that can be hard to break. It wastes precious energy resources and bumps up your electric bills. However, technology has done well to minimize or eliminate the impact of bad habits, making it possible for people to live a more convenient and worry-free life. With the new smart lighting technology, you no longer have to remember to switch off the lights or go on a guilt-trip for not doing so. On top of that, you can save money and enjoy a host of other benefits.
Smart lights are equipped with motion sensors, which allow them to switch on only when someone is in a room and switch off automatically when nobody is around. This means that they will not waste energy when they are not in use. These lights can also adjust their brightness according to the amount of natural light available in a room. With this daylight harvesting ability, they can significantly reduce energy use. Additionally, smart lights use LEDs, which are at least 75 percent more energy-efficient than incandescent light bulbs, according to Energy.gov.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that lighting made up about 10 percent of the electricity consumption in the residential sector in 2016. It is the second-biggest utility expense in most American homes after heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC). By reducing energy consuming substantially, smart lighting can help you save money on your electric bills. Moreover, its use of LEDs enables it to last much longer than incandescent and fluorescent lighting. Smart lights may be more expensive, but they offer better value for money in the long run.
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Besides using lighting with smart technology for saving money, you can also use it to create lighting schedules and settings to suit your lifestyle and preferences. Smart lighting allows you to schedule lights to turn on just before members of your household come home and plan different levels of lighting for different rooms and purposes. You can also switch on the lights in certain rooms when you are away, so that passersby or potential intruders will think that someone is home. Some smart lights come with built-in ambient lighting for creating different moods.
Make Life More Convenient
Another benefit of using smart lights is that you can control them remotely. With just a few taps on your mobile device, you can change what’s off and what’s on in your home no matter where you are. Since they are connected to the Internet, smart lights can be configured to interface with other smart systems in your home, such as HVAC, music, and alarm systems. If all your smart systems are properly programmed to work well together, you will have a home that is able to respond dynamically to your behavior and make your life a lot more convenient.
Smart lighting can make a big difference in your life. Although it is significantly costlier than ordinary lighting, its cost-saving potential and other benefits far outweigh the extra investment.