Lighting happens to be a factor that most people do not put into much consideration while constructing their homes. However, lighting should be key, and a considerable budget has to be set aside to facilitate the proper and efficient installation of a great lighting system.
Lighting, however, is no longer just lighting. With the continued invention in the lighting sector, smart building lighting is beginning to take shape in most homes globally. This calls for the need to understand the advantages and disadvantages that the smart lighting system in homes.
The following is an outline of some of the advantages plus disadvantages of a home lighting system.
Pros of a Home Lighting System
1. Add convenience
The great convenience is achieved through the installation of the smart lighting system in homes and offices. One source of convenience is the ability to control the lights remotely. You can use a mobile application to switch on and off the smart light bulbs. Hence, you can operate a whole smart lighting system from a single location.
2. Saves energy
Most modern homes and offices utilize smart lighting systems for lighting. The prime source of power for running the lighting systems is electricity. The cost of electricity continues to rise day-in-day-out, making it very expensive to operate.
However, the invention of smart lighting technology has been a huge plus in matters to energy savings. Regular bulbs do very little when it comes to energy saving. If you are leaving your home and you have forgotten to turn off the lights, there is nothing much you can do to turn them off. Hence, the lights will light up till you are back home.
So much electricity goes to waste if this was to happen regularly. However, the smart lighting system aids in saving electricity since you can control the lights remotely. Moreover, lighting systems that use sensors can sense the absence of human activities, and automatically switch them on. Hence, smart lighting systems facilitate energy saving.
3. Increase the lifespan of a lamp
The smart lighting systems such as LED light bulbs are said to have a long life span compared to fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs. That is because the smart lighting systems enable light regulation such that there is low and full brightness.
Hence, this eliminates the extra costs plus disruptions associated with the replacement of a burned-out bulb. Smart lighting bulbs are costly. The labor associated with bulb replacement can be expensive too.
Given that the regular bulbs are cheap to source; their replacement is expensive as they almost burn out almost daily. Given the number of rooms you have to ensure the presence of a bulb; regular lighting becomes expensive.
4. Beautify your home
The smart lighting bulbs cab be controlled to fit the lighting requirements of a room. Also, depending on the activities in your home, you can achieve varying lighting levels. That way, you can create a very relaxing mood, make the room warm and attractive to just sit and unwind.
5. Easy to develop scenes
Given that the smart lighting technology is controllable, you can easily control the lights by dimming them up and down to the extent of achieving the desired perfect lighting scenes. You can save up the developed scenes so that you can use them whenever you feel like it.
Cons of a Home Lighting System
1. Wireless systems tend to be unreliable
Wireless technologies require great amounts of maintenance and are prone to major interferences. This is a major setback especially given that convenience and comfort are what most seek when installing the smart lighting system.
2. Poorly set-up systems can be complex to utilize
You must ensure that you have hired experienced professionals to set up the smart lighting system for you. However, if you hire quacks, you can be sure of achieving a poorly set smart lighting system, which will not serve you as desired. They are difficult to utilize.
3. They need continuing maintenance
Maintenance is key to ensuring proper functioning of the smart lighting system. If you have set it up well, you can carry out few maintenance procedures.
A home lighting system is more of advantageous than disadvantageous. That explains the surge in the adoption of smart lighting systems in homes.