One of the simplest, most basic smart devices on the market is the light bulb. The concept of smart lighting goes back decades. Who doesn’t remember “The Clapper” commercials from the ’90s?
Before I started putting smart bulbs in my house, there were a few mental hang ups that I had to get past, and a few questions that I needed to have answered, before I was ready to pull the trigger. Today, we have a few in our home, and are fully on board!
Question #1: Do I need a smart hub?
I was under the perception that every home that had smart bulbs needed a smart hub to manage them.
While you can purchase a smart hub and do plenty of cool things with your smart bulbs, there are plenty of “hubless” light bulbs that only need an internet connection to work.
In my case, I didn’t need to spend the extra money on a smart hub. When I figured out that I could purchase affordable bulbs and not have to invest in a hub, it made things much easier.
Question #2: Don’t I need to buy a bunch?
In my mind, I thought that if I was going to start using smart bulbs, I would need them all over the house to make it worth it. At $15 – $20 dollars a bulb, that was going to get expensive fast!
Today, I own two smart bulbs. One for our bedroom lamp that isn’t near our bed, and another for the light in the far corner of our family room.
I’ll add more light bulbs as I need them (or as I see them on sale), but for now I’m fine with just two. There’s no need to outfit your entire home with bulbs – one at a time is just fine!
There are some situations that call for alternatives to smart bulbs. A smart switch would be a better option if you have one switch that controls more then one bulb. A smart outlet would be the best option for situations in which you want to control multiple devices plugged into one outlet.
Smart Speaker Integration
The best way to take your smart lights up to the next level is smart speaker integration. I have both of my bulbs integrated into the Google Home app. I’m able to ask my Google Assistant to turn the lights on (“Hey Google, turn on the light”), or use the Google Home app. I can do this at home or away from home.
Today, we love our smart bulbs! Even the basic ones are dimmable another feature that we use every day. Smart lighting is a great way for even the most basic smart home consumer to make their home even smarter!