One of the first things you think about in a smart home, is the lights turning on automatically when you enter a room. The IoT offers lots of things you can do very simply with your lights. If you are quite handy and you don’t have a smart installation, you can add modules to your switches to control your lights easily. Others will prefer to buy smart bulbs or smart lights (see some examples in our Philips Hue post), that will be easier to set up.
There are plenty of ways to automate lighting. For example you can switch the lights on when your car enters the driveway or when you open your front door. With a motion sensor, you can also turn off the lights when there is no-one left in a room. That way, you will save money and be green.
An IoT lighting system also provides the ability to simulate your presence when you’re away on holidays by switching the lights on during a timeframe. This helps to discourage potential burglars.
It is also possible to set up nice atmospheres at your place with smart lighting. We have seen some original ideas to use Philips Hue products, but you can also do it with other brands like Belkin Wemo or Yeelight by Xiaomi. Here are some ideas: