Let There Be Light: Smarter Lamps Mean Smarter Homes

As new technology such as Amazon Alexa is linked to smart home devices, lamps are becoming more than simple lights that turn on when you flip a switch.  


Nowadays, smart lamps provide a host of options, from serving as a Bluetooth audio speaker to color tuning to providing an optimal amount of blue light in your living space upon awakening and soft white light at bedtime—any of which may be activated with a simple voice command. Consumers are embracing the smart home with not just bells, whistles, sports scores, weather and other neat features, but most consumers see it as a way of enhancing their lifestyle. 


Voice over light


Networking-solutions company TP-Link Research America Corp. offers technology to control the color-change and white-tuning features of smart lamps using Amazon Alexa’s “TP-Link Kasa” smart home skill. With a voice command using Alexa, the user can change the color of their LB130 smart lamps, and the white-tuning of both LB120 and LB130 smart lamps.


This is part of the company’s foresight to capitalize on the emergence of smart home technology as it pervades consumers’ living spaces. 


“TP-Link’s dedicated research and development team always strives for new ways to enhance the smart home experience of our customers,” said David Li, TP-Link CEO. “Our successful, ongoing integration with Amazon Alexa allows us to continue developing new ways for consumers to personalize their smart homes.”


“Voice enables incredibly simple and magical experiences,” said Charlie Kindel, director, Alexa Smart Home. “Imagine being able to walk in your front door and have your house listen for your request to turn on the lights. Now, that’s a reality.”


Living the smart-lamp lifestyle


LEDVANCE’s smart lighting products also work with Alexa to enable voice-activated lighting controls.


“According to our recently published Sylvania Socket Survey, which is a nationwide measure of public attitudes about energy-efficient lighting and awareness of lighting trends, most consumers think smart lighting will eventually replace regular light bulbs,” said Aaron Ganick, global head of smart business, LEDVANCE. “More than half of consumers also believe smart lighting fits their lifestyle. However, few consumers have purchased smart lighting, suggesting that Americans see a trend coming but have not personally adopted it yet. That is why we are making it even easier for consumers to maximize the benefits of their smart home by offering voice control of their Sylvania smart lighting products using Alexa. Voice control helps create a more enjoyable and convenient experience at home.”


Syncing with nature


Lighting can change the mood by creating the right ambiance. Voice commands can alter color, brightness and other light attributes. Users can set the light level that suits their sleeping pattern. Or the user can change the lighting to a brightness level that promotes concentration in a work setting. Smart lamp technology can tweak the light to coordinate with nature and ultimately help you sleep better. 


LED lamp manufacturer Soraa has introduced Helia, a lighting system that attempts to mimic natural sunlight indoors. The company coupled its LED technology with an enterprise-grade networking and sensor platform, which synchronizes with the sunrise and sunset times of the user’s specific abode. It learns your health and habits and is programmed to deliver, for example, plenty of bluer light in the morning and a softer white light in the evening. 


The company put some heart and soul into its products by learning about sleep science. It has discovered that more than 60 percent of Americans report sleep problems nowadays. The amount of light has a profound impact on sleep patterns and health.


“We evolved under sunlight, and specialized cells in our eyes respond to its blue light wavelengths to synchronize our internal clocks—and set a circadian rhythm,” according to a company statement about its technology. “Natural sunlight is bright and filled with blue light in the morning to wake us up. As the sun sets, blue light recedes, signaling our bodies to prepare for sleep. However, in our modern world, we live under artificial lights and in front of LED screens—which are often packed with blue light content. Numerous studies now conclude that even common levels of blue light exposure in the evening, primarily coming from our artificial lighting sources, can negatively impact sleep and longer-term health.”


The emergence of smart-lamp technology and its capabilities should be on the watch list of every contractor riding the momentum of the smart home. 

About the Author

Jim Romeo

Freelance Writer

Jim Romeo is a freelance writer based in Chesapeake, Va. He focuses on business and technology topics. Find him at www.JimRomeo.net.

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