Ap­ple Home

Build the smart home of the fu­ture today

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One of the first ap­pli­ca­tions of smart tech­nol­ogy in the home was the devel­op­ment of in­tel­li­gent light­ing sys­tems that you could con­trol us­ing an app on your smart­phone or tablet.

The scoffers scoffed, of course – “Is it re­ally so hard to get up and turn a light switch on or off?” Well, yes – just ask any par­ent of a teenager. Hav­ing in­stant con­trol of your light­ing can save you time and money by switch­ing off af­ter the kids, and that’s just the start of what you can do with the lat­est smart light­ing sys­tems. You can change the bright­ness and colour to suit your mood, set an alarm to wake you up in the morn­ing, and even con­trol your lights over the in­ter­net when you’re away from home. You don’t have to spend a for­tune ei­ther, so here’s our guide to the best smart bulbs and starter kits to light up your life.

Many smart light­ing bulbs and lamps let you to choose the colour they emit. This Liv­ingColors LED lamp from Philips doesn’t even need a smart­phone to ad­just up to six linked lamps at once.

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