Let there be light! Controlling lights with your voice used to be something only a god could do, but these days we have smart lighting systems to make any of us feel all-powerful. The biggest name is Philips with its Hue bulbs, but now IKEA, Hive and a whole host of others have got in on the act too.
Are there any smart lights that work with Amazon Echo?
This and much more is possible without too much tinkering. Smart lighting systems aren’t just controllable with smartphone or tablet apps. Philips’ Hue system works with Apple’s HomeKit, Amazon’s Echo and Google Home, and that means you can use those platforms’ voice assistants to relay your voice commands.
What do you need to know about smart lighting?
What you need for a smart lighting system. Smart lighting generally uses mesh networking, where each smart bulb wirelessly connects to its nearest neighbour. That network is controlled by a hub that plugs into your router, enabling your other networked devices – such as your phone or tablet – to communicate with your bulbs.
What can you do with smart light bulbs?
Create custom automations to turn your smart light bulbs on and off. Use your app to dim lights, even if your lamp doesn’t have a dimmer. Get 24/7 Monitoring with ADT. A well-lit house can be a deterrent to burglars, even if you’re not home. Installing Smart LED Light Bulbs throughout your home lets you control your lighting remotely.