Smart lighting – anything is possible!  

Smart lighting – anything is possible!

.Smart home LED lamps not only bring brilliant colours into your home, but also a lot of added comfort. Control your lighting from the sofa via an app on your smartphone or tablet. Personalised settings are simple to activate via voice control, so that individual spherical lighting can be created with ease.

Smart lighting possibilities at home

Intelligent lighting control is now even easier than before. Smart LEDs can easily adjust the lighting in your home with minimal effort. While classic lamps are operated by light switch, networked models are controlled remotely. You can control them via mobile devices, buttons or dimmer switches, an app or, in some cases, via voice control such as Amazon Echo.

Brightness, colour and colour temperature changes can be manually or temporarily adjusted. Personalised presets for colour, brightness and colour temperatures are easy to store, favourited and retrieved as needed too.

Improve wellbeing

Good lighting can help to control your wellbeing. Lights of 6,000 to 8,000 Kelvin recreate natural light which can promote activity and concentration. Warm white light sources below 3,300 Kelvin are recommended at night and in the evening.

Smart lights make it possible to combine different lighting moods or to switch flexibly at the touch of a button. As far as the lighting elements are concerned, there are no limits to the imagination. From classic ceiling lights for living room to flexible LED strips for an atmospheric light in the hallway, anything is possible. The SMART + LED strips from OSRAM, for example, can be conveniently controlled with Alexa by voice command. You can switching the lights on and off, dim them, set various colours or adjust the brightness in a few simple steps.

Lower energy bills

But intelligent lighting control does not only have the benefit of creating a nice ambience – it can also have a positive impact on your purse strings. Dimming and timers save electricity and therefore money. The lights reduce waste buy only using as much energy as is actually needed.

Automatic dimming or switching off at certain times of day prevents energy from being wasted and the installation of these smart systems is easy. However, the selected LED lamps should function as system-independent as possible, so that they can easily be integrated into new smart home systems.

This is how smart lighting systems work

Depending on the manufacturer, smart light systems work either via Bluetooth, WiFi or ZigBee. Since there can be problems with connections via WiFi and Bluetooth – either due to instabilities in the network or insufficient coverage – ZigBee is a good choice.

This transmission technology is energy efficient as the system can automatically go into standby mode. In terms of range, ZigBee is ahead of other transmission paths: it is stable and allows it to control light from up to 100 metres away. However, ZigBee needs a lighting control centre for connecting the smart light bulbs with the mobile devices, also known as a gateway. This allows the gateway to use timer functions, to select pre-programmed lighting moods and to store various light settings.

Light control via radio switches

Lighting control without a smartphone or tablet is also possible by using a battery-powered wireless switch. Its simple to use them as a remote control or as a wall switch by simply mounting a magnetic disk. So even without an internet connection, functions are straightforward to control. Select lamp groups, switches and lighting settings that are easy to program. One model that is easy control, such as a wireless switch, is the Smart Light E27 from OSRAM.

If you do not want to integrate intelligent lamps or other electrical appliances into your smart home, you can use a switchable WiFi socket.

Furthermore, there is the possibility to automate the light control via a suitable motion detector. The OSRAM SMART + Motion Sensor detects movements within a radius of 100 degrees at a maximum distance of 4.5 metres.  It also has an internal temperature sensor for controlling the room temperature.

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