World of IoT- Smart Lighting
The world of the Internet of Things (IoT) and home automation has taken great strides in recent years, making us all re-evaluate what is possible and how soon a science fiction future might be realised.
Smart lighting, like many other types of IoT tech, has also evolved considerably recently and in this blog, we take a look at what is possible these days with automated smart lighting.
Voice Controlled Lighting
Whilst lighting controlled by voice has been around for years, the tech has evolved to such a degree, that lights have become interactive. Previous evolutions of the technology allowed for a simple on/off operation, whereas now, a simple voice command can now be used to set the mood, set different coloured hues and even set the lighting to automatic mode for when you go to bed or leave the house.
Scheduled Smart Lighting
In a similar way to how timed heating operates, lighting can now be set up to gently wake you in the morning, becoming brighter with each passing second. Tie this in with some nice soothing music and you have a much more gentle introduction to the day than that annoying alarm clock.
Another great feature of scheduled smart lighting is one of home security. Activity inside a property can be all that’s needed to deter any would-be burglar from trying to break in. Controllable from inside the property or remotely via your smartphone, you can make it seem like you’re in when you’re not.
Presence Activated Lighting
As you move through the house, smart lighting can be employed to only light the areas of the home that you’re in, saving much of the energy that you’d otherwise waste lighting vacant rooms. Sensors dotted around the home are activated as you walk pass them, triggering lights on and off, wherever you move around the house. We all forget to turn lights off when we a leave a room from time to time and this takes the human element out of the equation.
This principle can be extended beyond the walls of your home too, as external sensors or the gps on your smartphone can be used to alert your smart hub that you’ve arrived home, turning your lights on for you as you enter your home.
Hand Gesture Smart Lighting
If you cast your mind back to the 90s, clap on clap off lights were a popular home luxury that eliminated the need to keep getting up and down to do it. One problem that plagued this technology however, was that other similar noises would trigger it and operate the lights when it wasn’t required.
This problem has been cleverly side-stepped with modern smart technology, with technologies like Roome, which completes the same action, but with a hand gesture.The tech isn’t perfect yet, but in the near future, it is expected that a simple, but specific hand movement from anywhere in the room will suffice.
There are big developments expected in the coming years in the world of home automation and the mind boggles as to what will be possible in the future. Lighting is just one facet of the home automation picture and it’s clear to see that if the sci-fi future we all want isn’t here yet, it’s on its way and will be here soon.
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