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How much do you know about smart lamps?
There is no doubt that we live in the age where many things are called intelligent. Smartphones, smartwatches, smart bikes, smart TVs, and of course, smart lamps could not be missing.
It is becoming very common to turn on the switches without having to do it manually. With smart lamps you can have the remote control from your mobile device, since you can turn them off and on. You can also adjust the intensity and create personalized environments for you and your visits.
What we tell you is not home automation or science fiction, or something that only people with more money can get. Smart lamps are something that is already within the reach of anyone for 10 or 15 euros, and you can use them in the room to activate a timer before going to bed or in the living room without creating a cinema atmosphere.
What are smart lamps?
They are those where the user can do more than switch it on and off. You can have control of intensity, color, timer, decide when to turn on in the morning.
You can use it through your mobile device or your smart assistant such as Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri. You could even have remote lighting control, where you can automate actions by modifying colors and intensity.
Classification of smart lamps
Lamps: There are LED desk lamps, table lamps, for outdoor environments, for gardens, recessed spotlights, bathroom spotlights, ceiling lamps, etc.
Panels or nanoleaf: There are smart LED panels that can be mounted as we want. Nanoleaf is among the most recognized brands for customizing walls to our liking. You can put them any way you want and link them together with any kind of shape.
They have compatibility with apps for Android and iOS and also including a voice assistant. You can fully customize the shapes with unlimited combination, special effects and motion alternatives due to the connection between them.
Light bulbs: they are the most used because they make possible the use of any lamp you have at home, whether it is intelligent or not. There are all types and sizes, so you can choose them according to size, power, compatibility and connectivity.
The most advisable thing is to have all the bulbs from the same place with the same ecosystem and that they have compatibility with a system such as home automation, to say the least.
Pros and cons of smart lamps
These lamps have many benefits and are very necessary in homes. The most important thing is that you can have the remote control to turn it on, off, make intensity adjustments without having to move.
Another advantage is that if you are away from home you can turn it on and off with the remote control, in case you are worried that they will think that there is no one at home.
A disadvantage is the lack of available model to be able to have choice. You may not find many smart lamp model options that can match the style of your home. Of course, this problem is being solved because many manufacturers have started to make models of smart lamps.
Such is the case of Philips, with its Hue range, or even models of important brands that incorporate the option of mobile control or through assistants.
The ability to control intensity and color is one of its advantages, since they are functions that are not present in conventional lamps. With the smart lamp you choose a specific color, adjust the intensity and set the timer according to your personal preferences.
With a smart lamp you can create a routine, such as getting up at a certain time in the morning and the light increasing in intensity for several minutes.
You can create your own environments and environments, if you have several lamps in the room you can make a combination of these and obtain the environment you want. And the best part is that you don't have to do it manually.
Another benefit is that they are really comfortable. You would just have to say: "Alexa pays for the lights in the kitchen" and they will turn off. You have complete control only with your voice if there are no switches or plugs. Not to mention, it can be an excellent opportunity to save.
This allows for long-life bulbs that can operate for years and with low energy consumption, all thanks to LED technology.
How smart lamps work
For it to work you must be connected to an app and link the lamp to your phone or account. With this you can perform on and off functions, among others. It is the same working principle of all lamps, it is very similar to the Philips model and the Wi-Fi smart lamp.
However, you should keep the following in mind. Whether it requires a bridge to link them from the router. That is, there must be a device that acts as a bridge between the lights, router and the device in order to have control.
Alexa smart lamp
It is a gadget that includes several forms of use in order to optimize the traditional light system. They are divided into two groups:
Bluetooth lamps, which work thanks to the bluetooth connection.
Wi-Fi lamps, which work through Wi-Fi and with it, you can link the virtual assistant Alexa.
With this Alexa smart lamp you can save up to 80% energy, conserve the same light intensity, and you can also regulate them, they have a longer lifespan and heat up much less, you can turn it on and off with your mobile device and an internet connection even if you are away from home, programming to turn on and off every day adjusting to your preferences.
In order for it to work, you must download an app on your mobile device that is compatible with Android and iOS, and later you can configure it to your liking.
If it works with Bluetooth, you can only turn it off and on if you are within range of your smart device. If it works with Wi-Fi, you can use it with the app from outside your home even.
Some have the option of managing the light through voice that can be linked to a smart speaker.