The first red LED light was introduced in 1962, although the white LED lights that have drawn so much consumer attention are newer. These lights have become increasingly popular due to their energy efficiency, durability and versatility compared to normal bulbs. Also, many people are attracted to the ambience and look of LED lights that have continued to develop and transform to meet consumers’ needs.
There is an average of 45 light sockets in every consumer’s home. Today, LED lights are found in about 15% of consumer light sockets, however this number is expected to grow to around 50% by the year 2020. In fact, General Electric is so confident about the future of LED lights that they completely stopped production on compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) earlier this year to focus solely on LEDs. Much of this confidence comes from the future use of LED technology in powering smart homes.
How does LED technology contribute to the smart home?
According to General Electric, LED technology is the “glue” that hold the smart home together. Think about it: light sockets are placed throughout the home with unobstructed vantage points. GE has big plans to use LED technology for much more than just lighting, so when these lights that are designed to sense and hear are placed into this ideal positioning, they can act as connectors to enable smart home technology throughout the home. GE envisions that in many smart homes in the future, LED technology will be connected with thermostats, security cameras, alarms, and even locking your front door!
How can you upgrade using LED technology?
Transforming your house into a smart home doesn’t require major renovations, in fact, there are small changes using LED technology that can make a big impact. You may have noticed that many smart home devices, such as smart thermostats and alarms, are built with LED screens, however the main way to use LED technology to create a smarter home is to switch out your lighting from incandescent bulbs to LED.
Luckily for homeowners, LED lighting has decreased in price over the years, meaning you’ll now save more from using LED lighting than you’ll have to spend on it. Not only can switching to LED light bulbs help you save energy in the home, but more advanced varieties can hook up to broader networks that give you more control over your lighting. For example, the Phillips HUE Connected Bulbs connects bulbs throughout the home and lets you control their power using your mobile phone! This gives you the ability to dim the lights to watch a movie or shut off overhead lights when you leave the house for work. Other systems, like the WeMo Starter Set allow you to set schedules or time limits for lighting through your phone to reduce energy consumption. This system can even simulate you being home when you’re on vacation by powering up LED lights throughout the day!
Making the switch to LED lights is a quick and easy do-it-yourself project that can not only save you energy and money, but also move you one step closer to having the smart home you’ve always wanted!