As we explored in last month’s blog post, lighting accounts for 15% of the average household’s electricity bill. Therefore, it is always worth trying to save energy wherever possible. In this blog post, we will explain how smart lighting can save you money.
Smart lighting: Motion detectors
Have you ever walked into a public toilet where the lights turn on automatically?
The most common type of smart lighting are motion detectors, which are often found in large commercial spaces like restaurants. However, there is plenty of use for motion detectors in the home. Firstly, this means that you don’t have to remember to turn the lights off. While it’s always good to make a conscious effort to save energy, motion detectors will reduce your energy expenditure by turning the lights out for you. This is particularly useful for large families with children and pets running in and out of different rooms.
Smart lighting: Remote lighting
Another form of smart lighting is remote lighting, which provides the ability to control your lighting from a smartphone or tablet. Like motion detectors, this can save you money on a daily basis. For example, you might have left for work on a dark morning and realised that you’ve left a light on. Instead of wasting energy, you can simply turn the light off via your phone. Simply sync your lights to your provider’s companion app and you’re ready to go.
LED light bulbs
It’s always worth upgrading to LED bulbs if you haven’t done so already. LED bulbs offer instant, flicker-free light which run at a much lower, safer temperature than halogen bulbs. They also last between 20-25 times longer than a typical halogen bulb, so it is worth investing in LED bulbs if you’re looking for a long-term solution.
What else should I consider?
While smart lighting can greatly reduce your energy usage, it is also worth considering how other smart systems could create further savings in your household. For instance, smart heating controls share many of the benefits that come with smart lighting, such as motion detectors. However, we do not believe that you can create a truly smart home with lots of different gadgets. Firstly, you should ensure that your home has the necessary infrastructure to support future-proof solutions.