Home Lighting Automation System: Why Do You Need It?

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Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any home, but it’s also one of the most overlooked. Many people don’t realize how easy it is to automate their lighting, and that’s where we come in. 

We’re here to show you that home lighting automation doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. 

With a few simple tips, you can take your lighting game to the next level. So sit back, relax, and let us show you how easy it can be to achieve perfect lighting in your home.

What is Home Lighting Automation?

Home lighting automation is quickly becoming an essential part of creating a smart home. It involves using smart lights or smart switches with scheduling and scene-setting capabilities to automate your lighting- giving you the convenience, efficiency, and control of managing it from your smartphone. 

app controlled smart home

So if you’ve been looking for an easy way to improve makeup up your living space – whether it’s for aesthetic purposes, security systems, energy savings, or something else – home lighting automation is definitely worth considering!

How does Automated Lighting System work?

In summary; Automated Lighting works as a combination of smart products with mobile phone applications, voice assistants, or visual assistants via an appropriate communication protocol(like Zigbee, and ZWave…).

Lighting System Automation is actually the combination of the lighting to be controlled, the system/app that will control it, and the control type that the user wants (Scenario, routine, etc.) in the same sentence.

app controlled automatic lights

For more information about Smart Homes and what you can do with it, check our detailed article about all Smart Home Devices.

First, let’s get to know the product to be checked. This could be a new smart bulb. Or, for those who want to continue using their current lighting product, it can be a smart light switch.

smart light smart switch

Secondly, let’s introduce the systems that will control these products. These are systems that can be used as applications, voice assistants, and visual assistants such as Google Home, Alexa, and Apple HomeKit.

smart home platforms

And finally, let’s get to know the formation of the control. This can be a scenario or routine. I am a Google Home user. 

Let me explain with an example from the routines on my own phone. Google Home turns off the lights at 00:30 if the next day is a workday and reminds me to get ready for sleep. (Actually, it triggers the Philips Hue app. I am managing the routine through the Hue app because it gives me fade duration when turning it off.)

hue lighting automation

The next scenario, which I cannot use because I live in an apartment, but I would love to use it one day, is as follows.

Turning patio lights on when the garage front sensor detects motion in the driveway.

I hope that one day I will be able to make this application too!

What are the different types of automated lights?

In my opinion, there are three types of automated lighting.

  • Lighting that you can install with lamps with built-in sensors.
  • Lighting that you can apply by adding extra sensors to the system. (Motion, Occupancy, Photo Sensors…)
  • Lighting that you can use by using your current lighting and adding a smart light switch to the system.

Department of Energy has divided it into 3 types. Yet, I think the dimmer and timer features can be easily set up with two options other than Lighting with built-in sensors.

In general, it is possible to set up nearly all scenarios you can think of about lighting automation with these 3 types of systems.

How do you automate lighting at home?

The easiest method is to replace the switches on the wall with a smart switch. Then you will have the chance to have the scenario you want to be applied to your lamps controlled from that switch. 

Of course, since this method does not require lamp replacement, you may not be able to use features such as dimmability, and color changing, depending on the feature of your current lamp. This brings us to the second method.

The second method is to replace your lamps with smart lights. You can replace your bulbs with smart bulbs and your light strips with smart light strips. 

In addition, you can add smart door sensors, smart motion sensors, or smart cameras to the smart home system according to the scenario you want to apply.

You can imagine this as “The warning light comes on when you enter a zone that should not be entered” in factories. The zone may have a door sensor (usually Proximity based) to detect the position of the door (whether it is opened). 

smart door sensor

Or you can catch a movement that should not be in the zone with a motion sensor and trigger the device or scenario you want.

What is an example of light automation?

I can share with you the example that I encounter most frequently in my own home.

I live in a medium-sized condo! When I get out of bed to go to the WC in the middle of the night, I have to touch the whole wall until I find the switch in the hallway. My wife is tired of seeing handprints around the switch on the wall in the morning…

To solve this, I put a motion sensor in the corner of the hallway that sees the bedroom door. And I replaced the button of the hallway lighting with a smart switch.

The scenario is as follows:

I set it as a Google Home Routine.

Working hour range: 00.00-07.00 AM

If the motion sensor detects motion;

Turn the lights on for 1 minute.

hallway lights automation

This isn’t my hallway by the way!

What are the Benefits of Using Automatic Lights?

Home lighting automation has many benefits – energy efficiency, cost savings, convenience, and even creating the perfect ambiance for any occasion. 

Using a few simple tweaks to your existing home lighting setup can yield energy savings by allowing you to control energy use during different times of the day. 

automated lights save energy

The latest smart lighting products even allow you to dim or brighten lights remotely using your smartphone or tablet, so you don’t have to worry about leaving any lights on when it’s time to leave the house. 

Plus, as an added bonus, automating your lighting can provide a sense of luxury and style – customize the colors and intensity of your lights to create the perfect environment for entertaining guests at home while saving energy at the same time!

How to Get Started with Home Lighting Automation?

If you’ve ever wanted to smarten up your home lighting game, then home automation is your answer! 

Automating lighting in the home can be a smart and cost-effective way to make your life easier as well as make a lasting impression on visitors. 

To begin, smart light bulbs are an excellent starting point for smartening up the room of your choice. Switching out regular bulbs for smart ones is simple enough, and that’s just the beginning. From here you can install smart light strips — great for adding color highlights or outlining furniture — or smart switches which make flicking lights on and off a total breeze. 

Once you’ve got this tried-and-true trifecta of smart lighting setup, you’ll be amazed at how easy it will be to add more smart features to suit your lifestyle!

Conclusion

So there you have it, everything you need to know about home lighting automation. It’s a great way to take your home into the future and enjoy all the benefits that come with it. 

Getting started is easy, so why not give it a try? You might just be surprised at how much you like it!

Batu of CondoChance Team

BSc. Electrical Engineer & MBA
10+ years of industrial experience as an Electrical Engineer

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