If you’ve yet to have anything automated in your Scottsdale home and want to give it a try, smart lighting is always a great place to start. Today’s crop of smart light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs offer an amazing array of flexible features, allowing you to set schedules with timers, monitor their status remotely, and tweak their colors among several other features. You can even link them with your wireless internet network to create some really neat lighting effects.

In this guide, we look at 3 features to expect when buying smart LED light bulbs for your Scottsdale home.

1. Dimmability

One of the most basic features of smart LED lighting is the ability to dim and brighten without the need to install any additional dimming switch (think of them as thermostat for lights). Simply screw in the smart bulb into any of your fixtures and control them with the proprietary mobile app.

Dimming is a great feature for setting different moods with your lighting. If you want an intimate setting, or simply don’t need a lot of light (as is the case when you’re watching TV or talking to your significant other), simply turn the lights down low. On the other hand, if you’re performing a task that needs generous levels of light (like cooking and cleaning), you can turn your lights to their maximum brightness.

2. Remote Control

Many smart LED bulbs like the Philips Hue, the GE Link LEDs, and the Belkin WeMo come with scheduling features that allow you to control the bulbs remotely, regardless of where you are in the world. This may sound gimmicky, but it offers several unique conveniences.

For example, you can schedule your lights to switch on automatically at around the time you come home from work. This means you come home to bright home and no longer have to fidget for the light switch in the dark. Another benefit has to do with security. When you’re away on vacation, you can schedule a few lights to switch themselves on, making it appear that someone is home, especially at night.

3. Multiple Colors

Dimming the lights to create a desired mood is great, but you can take things a notch higher by changing their color, a standard feature for many smart LED bulbs. The Flux Smart LED, for instance, can generate up to 16 million different colors, which you can choose from on the product’s proprietary mobile app. The Philips Hue, on other hand, even lets you use Siri on iOS to switch colors with voice commands.

There are several reasons to want a bulb capable of changing colors. For example, if you want to create a warm and soft atmosphere, you can adjust your bulbs to emit a golden yellow glow. If you want to increase productivity and alertness, switch to bright bluish white. For the holidays, switch to red, green, and white.

Smart LED bulbs are quickly becoming the standard in home lighting. As LED lighting continues to get better and cheaper, expect smart bulbs to become cheaper and more accessible to the masses.

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