What are smart lights?

Smart lights do more than just turn off and on with a switch. They can be: dimmable, scheduled to turn on and off, voice activated and remotely controlled from your phone or tablet wherever you are. You can even change the colour for the perfect mood!

There are lots of options on the market to suit every home. Some smart lights connect to a home hub like Amazon Echo, and some will also connect directly to your smartphone without a hub.

What are the best smart lights?

Smart lights are available in the main fitting types (see right), just like traditional light bulbs. The most common styles include:

 

  • Standard bulbs – E27 or bayonet fittings
  • Candle bulbs – SES (small screw) fittings
  • Spotlights – GU10 spotlight fittings

 

The great news is that all smart lighting bulbs are LED, meaning they use less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs. Most are available in plain white, or colour-changing options.

Voice controlled lighting with Amazon Echo

 

Smart lights can be controlled by an Amazon Echo, so you can use Alexa to control your lighting. Alexa is your built-in personal assistant you can talk to and give instructions.

Simply set your individual commands and you’re good to go. For example, if you like your lights dimmed when you're watching a film, you can set a command like: "Alexa, switch lights to 'movie night' mode." Then your lights will dim.

Ready to get smart lighting in your home?

Why not get a starter kit to see if smart lighting is right for you