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Smart lighting buying guide

Find out the top 5 things you need to know about smart lighting with our handy buying guide.

Smart lighting can be controlled from an app on your phone, tablet or through your virtual assistant, like Google Home or the Apple HomePod. Once set up, you can remotely turn the lights on or off, dim them and even change colour, wherever you are.

If you're thinking of joining the smart home revolution, our handy buying guide tells you everything you need to look out for when you're shopping for smart lighting.

Control

All you need is an internet connection on your phone or tablet to control your smart light bulbs from anywhere in the world. You can make it look like someone is at home if you're running late or even on holiday - giving you extra security and peace of mind wherever in the world you happen to be. Smart lighting is about more than being lazy and not getting out of bed to turn out the lights...

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Compatibility

Most smart lights need to be linked up to a home hub that lets you control all your smart devices from one app. If you've already got a hub or plan on buying one separately, double check that your chosen lights are compatible. You'll find this information within the overview on our smart light product pages.

Colour

It's not just an on and off switch. Certain smart lights allow you to dim, change colours or even flick between cool and warm white light tones to set the mood. A selection of Philips Hue and Hive lights allow you to choose from a whopping 16 million different shades. So, if you're wanting to get the party started or you're snoozing on the sofa, you can set the light to suit your night.

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Fit

Whatever light fitting you've already got at home, it should be a straightforward swap to a smart light as they have a range of different fittings. If your chosen light is a simple screw fit, there will also be a bayonet version available or it'll come with a bayonet adapter. There's a bunch of smart lights that'll fit in a spotlight too.

Lighting type

Smart doesn't just stop with a bulb. You can customise your home with a range of cool lighting. Get creative with light strips that attach to any solid surface and sync with your music and movies or add a motion sensor to trigger the lights when you enter the room. A smart lamp is perfect if you're after something for your desk or bedside table.

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