Pocket-lint) - Having a smart home isn't just about clever appliances or smartphone-controlled heating, you can also get clever lights too. That doesn't just mean smartphone control, but can also sort you out with all kinds of other great features.
You switch lights on or off everyday and they can play an essential part in creating an ambience in a room. Some smart lighting solutions enable you to recreate the colours within a particular image, while other solutions just mean you don't need to get up off the sofa to turn the lights off.
Best of all, these smart bulbs will almost always be a big upgrade on your old bulbs in terms of energy efficiency. They're generally LED, meaning they use less energy to run, but scheduling also makes sure that you can turn them off when you're not around, or geo-gate them to only be on if you're at home.
Here are some of the best smart lighting options to consider.
Philips Hue is probably the most well known when it comes to smart lighting and for good reason with numerous features and various bulbs, lamps and other lights, such as strips, available. The wireless system allows you to use your smartphone to not only switch the LED bulbs on and off, but pick the colour and brightness you want, as well as recreate colours within a specific image, like a sunset you uploaded to Instagram or a painting on your wall.
You can program specific times, for example waking everyone in the house up at 7am every day with bright lights and the Hue system also has a party mode for flashing in time with your music. Philips Hue is compatible with the IFTTT service, as well as Apple's HomeKit, Google's Assistant and Amazon Alexa, meaning you can create recipes to take your smart lighting to a different level or control them with your voice