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A Beginner’s Guide to Smart Lighting

Smart Home · Nov 19, 2020

For first time smart home users, smart lighting is one of the easiest ways to get into the world of smart home automation and technology. Smart lighting isn’t something that needs to be intimidating. Think of it like cooking a simple recipe, but for lighting. 

New smart home users can quickly learn how easy it is to create different recipes or lighting Scenes. These Scenes can be perfect for setting the mood for different rooms or even states of mind. You can create Scenes within the SmartHome app for relaxing, working, afternoons, or evenings – all using smart lights. So, with one click of a button on your smartphone, you can transform the lighting to perfectly fit your needs in that moment.

It’s easy to install and brighten up any home with smart lights and bulbs, allowing you to control your lighting system all from one central app all from your phone.

1.  One app to rule all your smart lights

Most off-the-shelf connected devices and smart lights need their own app to control them. But with TELUS SmartHome Security, you get a single app for every smart security or smart automation device in your home. Having one central app means a simpler way to control your lights. Forget to turn off the downstairs lights when you get to bed? No problem. Forget to turn on the front porch light when you’re out for the evening? Problem solved.

2.  Go beyond smarter lights.

To go beyond just smart lights, and towards a total smart home, you can combine devices and turn them into truly helpful parts of your daily routine. For example, you can have your porch lights turn on automatically when you remotely unlock your front door's smart lock – a great feature on dark evenings when you're loaded down with groceries or packages.

3.  Smart lighting to give your wallet a break

Off-the-shelf smart light bulbs are expensive because the ‘smart' technology lives in the bulb. These smart lights are easy to install, but expensive to put everywhere in your home. However, smart plugs for lamps allow you to use any bulb you might already have in your home, from special LEDs to inexpensive fluorescents, and save money while getting the benefits of smart lighting.

4.  Smart lights to keep your home safe

A smart home equipped with smart lights can help deter burglars by making your home look occupied when you're not there. By controlling them remotely, you can set realistic schedules that match your real life routings. That lets you program your lights to come on at sunset, or at slightly randomized times. Taking your smart lighting to the next level, you can use motion sensors to turn front porch lights on and give you and your family easy to set up motion-triggered security lighting.

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