Smart light­ing

Light up your life with these ex­ceed­ingly bright bulbs

T3 - - The Ultimate Smart Home -

Smart light­ing has be­come one of the most pop­u­lar ad­di­tions to the home. That’s be­cause a change in light­ing can make a big dif­fer­ence to the look and feel of any room. Smart light­ing sched­ules make your rou­tine eas­ier, and the right light can chill you out at night then wake you up with a gen­tle, cheery light in the morn­ing. There are a host of se­cu­rity ben­e­fits to smart light­ing, too.

Per­haps the best bit about smart light­ing is that some sys­tems only need a sin­gle bulb to started. LIFX (from £14.99, uk.lifx.com) is one of our favourite brands for a fuss-free set-up, en­abling you to add smart bulbs to your home and con­trol them all via one app.

These clever bulbs give you ac­cess to more than 16 mil­lion colours, with Day and Dusk fea­tures en­abling you to set sched­ules so that the colour and bright­ness of your lights changes through the day, mim­ick­ing nat­u­ral sun­rises and sun­sets – this is great news for your cir­ca­dian rhythm, which in turn has a pos­i­tive im­pact on your sleep. If you know you want to add smart light­ing to your en­tire home, Philips Hue (from £59.99, meethue.com) is our top rec­om­men­da­tion. Be­gin with a Hue Starter Kit and build from there, adding con­nected at­mo­spheric lamps, spot­lights, bulbs and strip light­ing to ev­ery cor­ner of your home. As well as set­ting sched­ules to turn on and off the lights ac­cord­ing to your rou­tine, each light can also con­nect to other smart prod­ucts, adding an ex­tra level of safety and con­ve­nience to your day.

Philips also has Hue Play, a light­ing bar that syncs up with mu­sic, films and games to amp your home en­ter­tain­ment ex­pe­ri­ence.

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