How to Customize the Lights in Your Home for Your Needs

Uniquely lit living room using smart lighting

Smart LED lights provide you with a myriad of options for lighting your home. You can adjust the brightness or the color to set a mood, and even program them to turn on and off at specific times. You can control it from anywhere through the touch of a button on your smartphone or tablet, or even adjust the lights via voice command, through Alexa or a similar device.

But that's just the beginning. Smart lighting is capable of much more. With a few customizations, you can improve your home life and meet a number of different needs, such as getting better sleep or saving on your energy bills. Here are a few things you can do to customize your smart lighting.

Improve Your Sleep

Human-centric smart lighting is designed to improve your health by fitting with your natural circadian rhythm. Being continually surrounded by bright, white lights can make it difficult to see the passage of time as the day progresses. This in turn inhibits the production of melatonin, a chemical that regulates your sleep cycle. However, adding a touch of amber to your lights in the evening can make your home seem warmer, which stimulates melatonin production and helps you sleep more soundly.

Improve Your Productivity

Human-centric smart lighting can help you during the day as well. In the morning, a slight blue tinge to your lights can stimulate your mind, making you more productive than you would be under those bright, white lights.

Neither the amber tint nor the blue one is uncomfortable or obtrusive. They're designed to mimic the look of the sunlight as you progress through your day. This natural feel improves your circadian rhythms, making you healthier and happier overall.

Save Money on Your Utility Bills

First of all, LED lights in and of themselves use far less energy than incandescent bulbs, or even fluorescent lights. And by using smart lighting, you can save even more. Program your lights to turn on when you need them and shut off when you don't, automatically. Your smart system can learn your lighting preferences, to provide you with the light you need while reducing waste. Some smart lighting apps can even work with you to find ways to save energy on lighting without sacrificing your comfort or productivity.

Increase Your Home's Safety

Many homes have outdoor lighting equipped with sensors, to turn the lights on when someone approaches in the dark. Smart lighting takes things a step further. These lights can actually be programmed to get brighter as the person gets closer to the house. This helps improve your home's safety in two ways.

If the person approaching is an intruder, it alerts you to their presence as soon as they draw near your house, and illuminates them clearly so you can see if they pose a threat. Or, if the person approaching is you or a family member, then the extra illumination allows you to see your surroundings more clearly as you make your way to the door, avoiding any obstacles or obstructions that might otherwise be difficult to see, so you can get inside safely.

These are just a few of the ways you can customize your smart lighting to meet your home's needs. If you want to learn more about smart lighting and its possibilities, talk to our experts at David Gray.

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