Smart light switches can make a big differencewhich gives and really takes away more control over the ambiance to the next level. But before you start installing, there are a few things you should know.
Here we look at some of the options to help you decide if smart light switches really are the best choice for you. We also dive into an overview of their smart features, compatibility, cost, and more.
Are light switches right for your home?
First, make sure you’re getting the right kind of smart lighting for your home. Smart switches are one of the most common options when it comes to smart lighting. You can find them at pretty much any major hardware store.
However, smart switches are not the only or definitely the best option to upgrade your home. There are two other common types of smart lighting: smart lightbulbs and. And there is no universal answer as to which is best.
smart bulbsFor example, not only can you remotely control the lights or set them on a schedule, you can often change the color of the lights on the fly.
smart plugs Keep things simple while transforming an existing lamp with a regular lightbulb into one that you can turn on and off from anywhere. They also sometimes allow you to track energy consumption. Both options come with a plug and play installation. If you don’t like it or want to move it later, you can do so with little to no effort.
smart switches, on the other hand, are more integrated into the home and require some electrical work. You can control the lights via the wall switch as usual, but you get some additional benefits such as: B. Dimming or a fold-out remote control that still makes it easier for you to manually control the lights. But they also work with existing lights.
Consider your needs and decide whether switches make sense, although you don’t have to choose just one type of lighting either. You can mix and match anywhere in your home by outfitting each individual fixture with the most appropriate smart light option.
Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri
When choosing a smart switch, think about your voice control options. If the smart switches you selected can communicate, gold (or a combination of the three) there are even more ways you can control your lights.
You may find that saying “Turn on the living room lights” to a Google Assistant- or Alexa-enabled speaker is faster and more convenient than reaching for your phone and fumbling through an app. You can incorporate the lights into your daily routine and use commands that make the most sense to you. One of our favorites is “Hey Google, turn off all the lights” as we walk out the door.
As with any dimmer, make sure your smart switch is compatible with the lights you’re installing – especially if they’re LED lights. For example, Lutron has a compatibility tool that you can use to find out which lightbulbs (including recessed and can lights) are compatible with their switches.
Keep in mind that if you plan to install smart light switches so the two smart technologies don’t compete with each other, you’ll probably want to swap out your smart lightbulbs for the standard “dumb” variety.
If you have(like many of us do in hallways and large spaces like living rooms) think about how you deal with it. At the CNET Smart Home, an actual home where we test products, we used Lutron Caseta remotes to simplify installation because they look and work like three-way switches but don’t require as much manual labor to unplug.
How much does it cost?
Which brings me to the next point, and it’s a big one: cost. Smart switches don’t come cheap, especially if you plan on installing them throughout your home.
Stupid light switches only cost a few dollars each. Installing all the new switches in my house would cost about $60. That’s just a few dollars more than the cost of one, which retails for around $55. Installing it in my house would cost about $1,100.
Given that, you can probably install a few smart lightbulbs and plugs throughout your home for a lot less money. But the installation won’t be nearly as seamless.
To be fair, no everyone Light in your home needs to be connected. And some switches are redundant, so you don’t want to install two smart switches for one lighting group. But the difference in cost is still significant.
After examining all of these factors, you may decide that smart switches are a good option for you. Then come and see usIf you still have questions, take a look at some of our other lighting reviews below.
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