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Published:December 6th, 2015 19:35 EST

Smart Lighting: A Concept Loaded with Tech Makeovers and LEDs

By Richard Smith

Until recently, Light bulbs never garnered so much of attention and were considered to be mere complementary gadgets. With the ideology of Smart Lighting coming in lately, the entire scenario gets a steady makeover. The tech based changes aren`t fitting to the redundancies of the past as the center stage is taken up by the 3D printing options and lights connected via Internet. If electrochemical cells are your thing, then these Smart Lighting options must make for an intriguing read.

Remote Access: An Integral Part of the Smart Lighting Concept

Scientists lately have resorted to certain mind-boggling applications involving Organic hybrids and much more. Be it the suppleness associated with the technology or the improvements added along, lighting is what caters to a wider audience. The reason as why we need to switch over to the Smarter Techniques is for refurbishing the environment surrounding the same.

  • Smart Bulbs: The Deserved Starter

Based on the options in hand we look to enumerate certain power-packed strategies as determined by the technological inputs. The primer showcases that these bulbs can fit in perfectly into the regular sockets. One might look at over 800 lumens in terms of specifications with the power consumption on the lower side. The best part happens to the circuitry which is well-endowed by the real-time clock, processor and the heat sink, for the larger prototypes. One can control the same using Bluetooth and certain mobile based applications while more can be learnt in the subsequent sections involving Zigbee based entities.

  • Philips Hue: Driving into the Costlier Lanes

The starter kit might look a tad overpriced but is certainly worth the bucks spent. At the current tick we get three Zigbee bulbs followed the Hue Router. One might sync this kit over Wi-Fi which does justify the programmability associated with the kit. The Philips Hue is one dynamic system which is capable of handling the operability across multiple sockets and mobile platforms.

Philips Packaging: Un-boxing

The circuitry has to be defined by connecting the dots over the mobile and the kit is now ready to perform. Be it the brightness levels or the color trends, the Philips Hue can readily provide all the needed aspect concerning Smart Lighting considerations. What stands out is the Geo-fencing capability allowing one to tune in the system based on the demographic. Putting the bulbs on a loop is also possible with the IFTTT feature added into the mix. The Philips Hue however allows third party applicants to pitch in with their apps for maintaining the overall lighting circuitry.

  • iLumi: Wireless Solution at its Best

Here is an award winning LED which is basically app controlled. Developed at the Indian Contingent, the iLumi is a major idea leading into the world of smart lighting. This can be deemed as one simpler option which doesn`t require a functioning hub. The basics include fitting the bulb and maintaining the same using the mobile application. With longevity of over 20 years, the future certainly looks brighter for the customers. The innards as in the built-in clock, processor and the Bluetooth classic make for a great platter, allowing one to recognize whether someone is in the room or not. Other perks include the weather updates and email call-out facilities.

  • LIFX: Colors can now be Brighter

Less is not always desirable but in case of the LIFX, minimal is the new smart. Built-in diodes can provide intensity up to 1000 lumens with multiple color combinations at the disposal of the user. The LIFX is the only breed which allows one to superimpose White over other shades, realizing a wider spectrum to work with. The heat sink involved makes it a bit heavy in comparison to the counterparts. Be it the Wi-Fi connectivity or the app controlled mechanism; LIFX is the next gen option for the enthusiastic flock. The hardware looks decent enough but the software front is lauded to be weaker. Remote controlled schemes are given with the auto-dimming schemes offering a lot in terms of popularity.

  • WeMo: Home Automation now Turns Global

The Home-Automation system looks a trendy notion for the cynic in all of us. WeMo is thus rich in features offering a hub and seamless circuitry. Features involved are the scheduling stuffs in addition to the remote control and the programmable interface. What stands out is the option pertaining to stimulated occupancy offering a lot in terms of usage and functioning. Using the aforesaid feature one might randomly handle the household framework even from a distance. The IFTTT integration looks to be the next step, featuring a wider range for the fanatics.

  • GE: Winking while Linking

The Link Smart bulb works in with the smart domestic platform. One intermediary hub is required but the lower price tick surely works in favor of this emerging gadget. Wink compatibility is ensured which certainly looks a great determinant when paired up with the home automation needs.

  • Why Zigbee!

Here is a widely accepted notion which has been talked about a lot in the previous sections. This is actually meant for monitoring the lighting needs besides letting the users add in a lot of applications for initiating the process. Wireless technologies are explored in addition to the Bluetooth inclination and Wi-Fi support. Zigbee is the next step towards the wireless linkage, allowing one to explore the world of remote control associated with the light based solutions, pertaining to the domestic and even the industrial circuit. Be it adding or moving a section from the circuit, Zigbee offers peer-to-peer control system which allows the customer to create a working mesh.

  • Considering the Security based Loopholes

The usual networking principles are well complemented by the software centric intelligence when the smart lighting considerations are brought upon. These can be hacked pretty easily, thus interfering with the security issues in hand. LIFX gave out a recent security flaw, as the intruder might extend up to the Master hub for controlling the mechanism with ease. The home based credentials can be accessed to which might prove to be the undoing of the domestic user. Software updates launched might fix this problem as the programmers have their task cut out.

  • LED improvements in Scope

LED has always been deemed as the petty lights restricted to the labs and school territories. The recent developments have pushed them to a whole new level with the advanced equipments added into the mix. The clean room concept has been dealt with perfectly and the present rating is subjected to 1000. This means that the entire manufacturing process is seamless and the larger particles than half a micrometer aren`t even allowed at the vicinity. What caters to a larger audience is the inclusion of high grade elements followed by the enhanced manufacturing process. Phosphor coated packages are in fashion now which clearly justifies the inclination towards the LED bulbs.

  • Smart Lighting Advantages: Way too Many

Here is an exhaustive list as why the Smart Lighting schemes are given precedence over other methods:

  1. Energy reduction is on the lower side.

  2. Light intensity can be modified as per the needs with the programmable circuitry involved.

  3. Maintenance isn`t n issue as most of these entities have a greater life-span than the usual domestic accessories.

  4. Operational control is on the improved side with the major updates and app based handling coming in as the easier options.

  5. Sustainability is what makes the Smart Lighting a greater force as the carbon foot-print is on the lower side.


  • Promising Future: The Round-Up

The modern era calls for investing in the intelligent frameworks and in 2015 Smart Lighting is certainly the way to go. Not just the energy efficiency but the entire layout presents something innovative in terms of the core. Utility expenditure is also excavated properly and the latest advancements are certainly intriguing in terms of future promises.

The next section would delve into the deeper levels of circuitry as I would certainly like to mention how the gadgets actually work with minor programs and theoretical analysis.