Approximately 100 million light bulbs will be connected to the Internet by 2020.

Connected light bulbs, or smart lights, are one of the most effective ways to turn your home into a smart home. These devices are connected to a network, enabling users to control lighting remotely via smartphone, tablet or computer. Not only do they provide homeowners with convenience, but also energy savings and added security by being able to turn lights on and off while they are away from home.

However, outfitting a home with smart lights can be overwhelming because of the various options available.

To help make the process easier, we’ll tell you what you need to know about smart lighting.

1. Smart Bulbs

If you’re new to smart home technology, smart bulbs may be your best option. These bulbs screw in just like regular ones, but include built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, allowing users to control lighting through a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Although this type of smart lighting is user-friendly, it can be expensive because you have to purchase individual bulbs, which can get pricey if you’re buying more than one. Additionally, not all sockets are smart bulb compatible. Always check with a professional before purchasing smart bulbs.

2. Smart Switches

Instead of replacing old bulbs with smarter bulbs, you have the option to upgrade the on/off switch.

Similar to bulbs, smart switches connect to your network via Wi-Fi. Once connected, users can control connected bulbs through their smartphone or tablet.

This option is great if you have sockets that are incompatible with smart light bulb models because you’re just replacing the switch. However, smart switches can be difficult to install if you don’t have experience with your home’s wiring. We recommend contacting a professional for proper installation.

3. Smart Outlets

The third automated lighting option is the smart outlet. Smart outlets are hard wired directly into your wall and connected to your network. These devices are extremely scalable because all devices that are plugged into the outlet instantly become a smart device—even power strips.

With smart outlets, users can choose from customized options that could include motion-sensing technology. Some models can even connect to home assistants and are compatible with voice control.   

Whether you’re looking for convenience, energy savings or security, smart lights are one of the most effective automated features for your home. Connect with a trusted security vendor to explore all the options available.