Adds an Element of Automation Imagine having the kitchen lights set at the perfect level when you arrive home from work. It’s possible with a smart lighting system. Driven by sophisticated microprocessors, it can adjust the lights automatically based on conditions like the time of day, occupancy, and even the location of your smartphone (a feature called geofencing).
Personalizes the Space Some people like a room brightly lit; others prefer at atmosphere that’s soft and subdued. A smart lighting system has the intelligence to set the lights based on who’s at home.
Sets the Mood The biggest trends in home lighting are color and tunable white light. Smart LED bulbs are available that can glow in a rainbow of hues. This is all controllable through a mobile app, keypad, or even voice commands. The bathroom can bask in a sea of blue to promote relaxation; a red hue can evoke a festive atmosphere when entertaining guests in the kitchen. If infusing the kitchen and bath with colored lighting seems too drastic of an approach, a subtler mood-setting alternative is “tunable white lighting.” These LED bulbs adjust their color temperature—as well as their brightness levels—to mimic daylight patterns. This can have a huge impact on the look and feel of the kitchen and bath.
Boosts Energy Efficiency Dimming a light by 25 percent can cut electricity costs by 20 percent, according to Lutron Electronics. You can save even more if that light source is an LED, which uses significantly less electricity than an incandescent bulb. LED bulbs also last years longer—a huge perk if the kitchen or bath has hard-to-reach light fixtures.