Chicago is all set to lose its orange glow. Residents of the Windy City can expect to see its skyline illuminated by a new type of light in the next four years – as part of the Chicago Smart Lighting Project. The goal of the project, which is a collaborative effort by the city’s 50 neighborhood wards, is to replace all street lamps in residential areas of Chicago with energy-saving LED lights and sensors.
LED lights have a lifespan that is three times that of the current street lamps. Additionally, the new LED streetlights will have a lighting management sensor that could provide status updates during outages. When an entire city recognizes the advantages of switching over to LED technology and smart lighting, why should it be any different for a home? IoT has revolutionized the way in which we can connect multiple items and make them work for us. There is a lot that a homeowner or a tenant can do with a LED light bulb, once they make the switchover to smart lighting.
- LED technology in a smart home can be set to fit a personal schedule, such as programming the bedside light to wake up an individual, scheduling the porch lights to turn off at sunset or dimming the living room lights before bedtime.
- Smart lighting can be used to create daily routines at home. The lights can be set to dim down one hour before bedtime to create a more relaxed mood, and switch off later. Hence, in this way the combination of IoT and LED technology can help an individual adhere to a dedicated sleep routine.
- A person can use motion sensor lights to minimize energy waste. Such lights can intuitively sense if someone is in the room or not, and subsequently turn on/off automatically to save energy. Motion sensor lights are ideal for areas like halls, stairways or the garage where it is easy to forget to turn the lights off.
- Smart lighting is an effective way of keeping intruders away in the homeowner’s absence by automating the lights to stay on. Therefore, even if a person is on a vacation, it can be made to look like they are home with LED technology.
Apart from their advanced features and varied uses, smart lighting also helps in saving energy because LED light bulbs have a longer life expectancy and are more efficient than regular light bulbs. Additionally, LED technology’s wireless controls, sensors and dimmers can help a person in cutting down on their energy bills – providing truly smart home solutions.