Thanks to the democratisation of smartphones and tablets, the Automation has become more accessible. The light is, also, today connected, with specific and versatile bulbs. Decryption.
The Connected Light Bulbs: A Whole New Market
Light is essential in our daily lives. It is part of the well-being in habitat, at home or in the office. Surfing on the exponential growth of home automation, we saw coming this year the first bulbs connected. The Philips Hue brand was the first to offer these products, quickly followed by other brands like Awox, Osram, LG, Samsung, Bell & Wyson, Lifx, Sengled, Misfit etc.
Based on Led Technology Light Bulbs
The Led, key factor of this digitalisation, is being take light to totally new ways. Indeed, Led technology is best suited to the connected electronics. The Leds consume 80% less than an incandescent bulb while providing the same amount of light. They last very long (up to decades), warm almost, most can vary in intensity. In addition, they support EDF variations, important for housing located in the end. Today, the Leds illuminate as well as a conventional light bulb.
Connected Bulbs, How Does It Work?
The principle is simple. We simply install its bulbs (there are specific bulbs, of course) and it connects to a Wifi network or Bluetooth. So one can then fly lighting housing from his mobile phone, his computer or his tablet with which they are said to be “matched”.
What Are the Connected Bulbs?
With bulbs connected, we can’t turn on and turn off the light (useful when you’re away from home and you want to simulate a presence) remotely but only. They also create specific light environments (family, dinner evening TV, reading, festive atmosphere… atmosphere) and save them to reproduce with a click. Connected bulbs can also be used to simulate the light of day to wake up smoothly or report a call missed by a color code.
Connectivity also allows to change the brightness of the colors to pull it to a more or less warm colours according to his wishes or the needs of the moment. Here also, you can save this custom setting. Connected bulbs can also be coloured, offering a range of millions of colors. Here again, one can create his or her light environments and then adjust it since his smartphone or tablet. Some bulbs detect the smartphone when you get home and light up instantly with an option of auto-ignition. Others offer a disco mode where the lighting is punctuated on music.
Bluetooth or Wifi?
Many connected bulbs work in Bluetooth. Their main advantages: they consume little energy and its ready to use. The user downloads the dedicated application, screw the light bulb and the paired with his phone or tablet. But the scope does not exceed 50 m in free field.
The bulbs connected in Wifi are more expensive and more complicated to install, but they are also more flexible and allow to create sophisticated scenarios. The pairing in Wifi removes the problems of scope. You can connect dozens of bulbs and thus drive parts and different groups of parts. Some Wifi bulbs are musical, and can serve as an amp.
The Philips Hue brand offers a different system that works in Zigbee. The pack of connected luminaires sold with a ‘bridge’ or ‘gateway ‘. This unit connects to the box of the House, making the connection between the luminaires and the smartphone, tablet or computer.
The Trend of Hybrid Bulbs
There are also hybrid connected bulbs, able to do anything else that illuminate. Added software and intelligence to make it two-in-one products. Thus, some bulbs are able to broadcast a fragrance, to serve as a detector of smoke, camera surveillance, speaker or amp.
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