Are you still using switches to control your home’s lighting? It is the 21st century. Today you don’t need traditional wired switch boxes to control your home lighting. You can now do it with your voice. Or you can simply use a mobile app to do so because we have smart light bulbs specially designed to make your home a modern and smart one.
The smart bulb is a computer-controlled light bulb which is either an IoT (Internet of things) device or an intelligent one.
What is the internet of things light bulb?
Internet of things is a conceptual design where you can control things in your home through the internet. Most smart light bulbs are IoT devices. So, with an internet connection, you can control your homes lighting from any end of the world. Many smart bulb manufacturers offer a mobile application where you can control all of your home bulbs from one place. But the most exciting control method is voice command. Most smart bulb applications support commanding voice facility. But, to do that you need to launch the app first.
With the help of IoT platforms like ifttt, you can even set your android device’s google assistant to control your light bulbs.
What is an intelligent and smart light bulb?
An intelligent light bulb is a computer-controlled bulb which can make logical decisions based on a sensor detail. Sounds confusing? Nope, it is a very simple device. For example, there are bulbs which can detect your motion. So, when you appear somewhere, the bulb knows that you are coming. So, the bulb can light at that moment. These intelligent bulbs are so exciting. They are really helpful to save energy. If you always forget switching your bulbs off try this intelligent bulb. It will never light without someone’s presence. Depending on your requirement, you can choose what type of sensor best suits you. There are intelligent bulbs based on sensors like PIR motion, sound and etc.
Some intelligent light bulbs come with a built-in battery. So, you can even use them during a power cut. Especially, outdoor intelligent light bulbs don’t require a wired power connection. They have both a battery and a solar panel. So, it can charge during the day time, and it will automatically light when the dark comes on.
Can I make a normal light bulb a smart one?
Yes, you can. You can buy a smart home automation controller to do this. It is something like a third-party switch. You can simply connect your already existing normal bulbs power connection to the smart switch. Each and every smart switch has a unique id. So, after buying a one. First, you have to connect the switch with a computer. Then follow the manufacturers instructions and set your wifi id and password to the switch. So, now the switch is connected to the internet.
Then, you can download the manufactures mobile app and authorize your product with the product id. Do this with the all switches you have. Also, by using the mobile app, you can give a name to each point. You can buy a smart controller switch for just four-five dollars on online shopping websites like aliexpress or eBay.
But be careful some switches don’t have a mobile application. So, you will have to do some setup before using it. If you are not a pro, always buy an automation switch from a famous brand.
Can I build Smart Light bulbs my self?
Yes, you can. Just use an ordinary bulb. Set a nodemcu or any other IoT platform as the controller switch.