5 smart lighting solutions to brighten up your home

  • While smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo devices and the Google Home are useful for controlling these lights via voice, all of them can be controlled with smartphones as well
  • Philips’ Hue series is perhaps the best known among smart lighting solutions in the world

NEW DELHI : The internet of things ecosystem in India may not have developed fully just yet, but companies have been pumping in smart lights into the country.

While smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo devices and the Google Home are useful for controlling these lights via voice, all of them can be controlled with smartphones as well. You can turn them on and off remotely, or at least without getting up from your bed. If you’re looking to replace the lights in your home with smarter options, here’s what you can buy.

Syska TL-1007-I Smart Table Lamp

This 7 watts(W) table lamp works with both the Amazon Echo and Google Home. That means you can control it with voice commands. It has three brightness levels, reading and night modes and more. The company claims that the light has an average life span of 30,000 hours.

Price: 3,699

Philips Hue

Philips’ Hue series is perhaps the best known among smart lighting solutions in the world. This 10W smart bulb is among the company’s entry-level offerings and comes with a year’s warranty. It works with Echo and Google Home, and also supports Apple’s HomeKit, meaning you can control it via Siri voice commands as well.

Price: starts at 1,929 on Amazon

Wipro Next Smart LED Batten

If you think bulbs are too small and won’t do the job, Wipro’s LED Batten might be worth a shot. They replace the old school tubelights and can be controlled using the Wipro Next Smart app from your phone. Of course, Echo and Google Home support is also included.

It does a few different shades of white colour and the brightness can be tuned manually. You can also schedule when the lights turns on and off, and choose to set moods through its colour settings.

Price: 1,499 on Amazon

Yeelight LED Bulbs

This Xiaomi-owned company entered India quite recently, but it has some good products on offer. The Yeelight Smart LED Bulb can be controlled through the Mi Home app and are offered in two variants—Colour and Tunable White. You can control brightness , set different modes for different times of the day, etc. It works with Echo and Google Home devices.

Price: starts at 1,499

Homemate Wi-Fi Multicolour Smart LED Strip

Available in 5- and 10-metre variants, this smart LED strip can be used to set moods in your home, and can also be used as festival lighting.

The company offers some other creative ways to use them too. It has Alexa and Google Home support and can also be controlled using the company’s own app. You can also use the IFTTT app to set routines for these lights.

Price: 2,790 on Amazon

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