What is a Smart Home?

Bringing smart lighting into your home can create a fantastic showpiece, transform a space and bring some fantastic functionality, but it can also be a very confusing and costly exercise if you get it wrong. JD Lighting is here to make sure you get it right and get a high-quality smart home system for a great price.

The beauty of smart systems is that you can start small with just a single globe and slowly grow your system over time.

There are two main system types that you will need to decide on for your first purchase, systems linked to a hub like Phillips Hue or a system that runs off your home WiFi. We always recommend a system which runs off your WiFi, as the initial setup costs and difficulty is much lower. Smart light bulbs can be a fantastic starting point as they fit in pre-existing fittings and do not require an electrician to fit. Other options that are common are smart switches and power boards which can be used to remotely control and schedule existing appliances and lights at a very low cost.

The most common smart lighting options currently on the market are bulbs, strip lighting and smart switches. With these three options, most houses can be converted to use a smart lighting system. Other options which are less common but can also be used are smart downlights and feature lights, such as spotlights.

CCT vs. RGB

Each of these options come in two variants which you may have already seen, CCT and RGB. These stand for Correlated Color Temperature and Red Green Blue. In short, CCT will allow you to change between several shades of white, from a traditional warm light to a more modern daylight. This is perfect for a space which is used throughout the day and may experience partial natural lighting. For example, a kitchen fitted with smart CCT Lighting can be made extremely cool to accentuate a sunrise or made very warm and inviting at night to create a relaxed space.

Alternatively, RGB can be used for both CCT operations as well as being able to project any colour you can think of into the space. This is perfect for rooms and areas in your house where you can benefit from mood lighting such as a theatre room, bedroom or a mancave.

Benefits of Smart Systems Over Traditional Systems

There are many benefits to smart electronics in your home, including but not limited to power saving, remote control of lights and task scheduling. Smart controllers can be used in association with your phone to automatically turn off or cut power to appliances when you leave the home, and turn back on upon your arrival which saves a significant amount of power over the life of the fittings. The fittings can also be used with any virtual assistants such as Google Home and Alexa to allow you to control your lights from anywhere you have cell coverage, whether that be turning your reading light off without leaving your bed, or checking whether you left the tv on from the office.

Smart systems perform the same operations as their traditional alternatives, however, always add significant functionality. For example, the Brilliant range of Smart Glass Switches are able to act as a 2-way switch with any other smart switch, track power usage, be controlled remotely and also be used to control specific functions of other fittings such as setting a colour theme to a room.