LED lighting was once a thing of science fiction. Cool lights which don’t waste energy, keep environmental damage to an absolute minimum, and which look impressive to boot. Thanks to massive leaps and bounds in LED technology over the last few decades, home LED lighting isn’t just a possibility, but it’s actually the most cost effective way of lighting your home, using 90 per cent less energy to do the same job as an incandescent bulb. Thanks to the innovation of the smart LED, this technology is getting more and more futuristic by the day.
There are many ways that LEDs can be classified as smart, but by and large a smart LED is one that reacts to a given stimulus. The most basic of these are used for autonomous lighting, using natural light levels as the stimulus to determine whether or not to light your home. During the day when natural light floods into your room these LEDs remain off. As the sun begins to set, these LEDs begin to brighten, helping keep a constant lighting level in your home as the evening progresses and night falls. They do this by constantly monitoring light levels above your house to help ensure that your home is always lit to the optimum level. This of course, doesn’t mean that they’re fully automatic – they still have manual controls for when you go to bed – they’re just designed to make your life easier while you’re up and about.
The more complicated smart LEDs really are a thing of beauty however. Being able to turn the lights on, off, up or down is something that we are all used to – but being able to do it from a smartphone app is something which we can see being an exciting novelty for years to come. Not only is this possible with today’s technology, but they’re already on the market, check out Light Rabbit’s range. The very best of these even come with colour wheels so you can adjust the colour of light in a given room. You can use this for anything from simple mood lighting to something more dynamic, ebbing and flowing in time with your music. Considering how far this technology has come in such a short period of time, we’re incredibly excited to see where this technology will go next.
Unfortunately with impressive technology comes impressive price tags. We see this all the time with the latest smart LED TVs, the latest game consoles and everything in-between. While these smart LEDs aren’t drastically expensive, the initial investment is a reality which needs to be considered. As long as you have the initial funds to get going, these smart LEDs will pay for themselves pretty quickly. LED lighting uses up to 90 per cent less energy than their incandescent cousins, and given that lighting takes up around 40 per cent of your electricity bill, you can realistically save hundreds of pounds every year by switching to LED lighting. If you’re looking to futureproof the lighting in your home, LED lighting is the way to go.