What Types of Smart Bulbs are Available?
Currently, many different types of smart bulbs are available, each with unique features and benefits. When choosing a smart bulb, it is essential to consider your personal requirements and budget. Here are a few of the most popular styles available today in the UK market:
Wi-Fi Smart Bulbs
- This type of Smart Bulb can connect directly to your home's Wi-Fi network, enabling you to control your smart bulb from anywhere using a smartphone or tablet, such as the 4Lite WIZ range
- these energy-saving bulbs provide added functionality with increased security (as lights can be turned on/off to mimic you being home, even when you’re not), night lights, and colour changing functionality. They’re a great way to save on electric bills, and are designed to outlast most regular light bulbs.
One of the most significant disadvantages of using Wi-Fi Smart Bulbs is how reliant they are on your Wi-Fi connection. Without a reliable Wi-Fi connection, most will revert to behaving like normal light bulbs.
Bluetooth Smart Bulbs - These are a suitable choice if you are looking for a smart bulb that is more affordable. Bluetooth bulbs can connect to your smartphone or tablet, allowing you to control them when you're within range.
One of the main downsides of bluetooth smart bulbs is that they are typically more expensive than traditional bulbs, and you will need to purchase a separate hub or bridge to use them properly.
Additionally, because these bulbs rely on Bluetooth connectivity, they may not work as well if you have a weak or spotty Bluetooth signal.
Zigbee Smart Bulbs - Zigbee Bulbs are an ideal choice for homeowners with more significant properties with numerous smart home devices, as they use a low-power wireless protocol called Zigbee.
Investing in Zigbee smart bulbs can be more expensive than traditional light bulbs, and they may only be compatible with some types of light fixtures or dimmer switches.
Thread Smart Bulbs - Thread bulbs are also ideal for large properties; however, they use a newer wireless protocol designed to be more reliable and energy-efficient than Zigbee.
In addition to these different types of Smart Bulbs, some can also come with added features such as;
Tunable white balance
Regarding Thread Smart Bulbs, one of the main concerns is that some consumers may find the setup process to be more complicated than other types of smart bulbs.
Are Smart Bulbs energy-efficient?
Yes. Smart bulbs use LED technology, making them far more energy-efficient than traditional light bulbs. Smart bulbs can help to save you money on your energy bills because, in contrast to conventional incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs consume around 75% less energy and have an approximately 25 times longer lifespan.