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Use an Automatic Light Switch to Save Money

Nov 08, 2016|

Automated lighting isn't only convenient, it can actually reduce your overall energy consumptionand save you money.

Smart indoor lighting systems are growing in popularity, with 34 percent of all consumers saying they're planning on purchasing connected lighting in the next 12 months. This is no surprise as automatic light features provide convenience and safety for your whole home.

With an automatic light switch controlled by your home automation system, cutting down on spending is just a few simple app swipes and taps away. Follow these easy steps to ensure you never leave lights on when they aren't needed, and start seeing your savings right away.

A couple controls their smart lights from their app in bed

Switch out light bulbs

Light bulbs of today are much smarter than those of the past. New bulbs using Z-Wave technology can actually be controlled by your home automation system through a radio frequency.

Simply swap out your regular bulbs for these easy-to-install smart light bulbs then add them as a device to your smart home system. You'll then be able to use your smart home app or control panel as an automatic light switch to control your lights.

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Add outlet plug control modules

Just about any of the lamps in your home, regardless of whether they have smart bulbs or not, can be turned into automatic lights by using small appliance control modules. Install a plug-in module to a power outlet in a room where you have a lamp, then plug the fixture directly into the module.

The module communicates directly with your smart home app so you can turn the lamp on and off, no matter where you are. You'll also be able to set alerts and timers to have the lamp turn on and off on its own.

Customize and program your settings

Earn greater savings and utilize your smart home system to its fullest with customized settings. Use your system's alerts function to ensure lights are turned on only at times when they need to be. Set up a sensor to alert you when a light has been left on in a room. Then, you can turn lights off directly from your smart home app without having to hunt for a light switch on the wall.

Turn off your lights without doing a thing

Using a smart sensor, you can alert your home automation system to turn off lights just from the motion of walking out your house door. Your system will learn to turn lights off automatically when a sensor indicates no one is home. Customize your control settings to turn off lights when a sensor indicates it's night, you're gone, or when you're asleep. With this level of convenience for you and your family, you won't think about anything other than the money you'll save.

In addition to the automated features, you can also control your lights with your voice when a smart speaker is connected to your smart home system.

Don't forget about the holidays

Though they're beautiful to look at, holiday lights can be a major drain on your budget. Automatic light timers have been available for years, but have limited features.

With the same small appliance plug-in modules, you can use your automated system as an automatic light switch to communicate with your holiday lights. Set automatic light timers so lights aren't accidentally left on overnight or when you're away from home. Your automatic light switch turns on the lights when you want them.

Protect your home with smart lighting

More than just convenience, automated lighting has safety benefits. A common concern among homeowners is how a dark house acts as a sign that no one is home, or that a home is empty. With smart lighting, you can program lights to turn on or off at specific times, or manually control the lights from your phone from any location.

Taking these simple steps to create automatic lights for your home will give you complete control over your lights' energy use, reduce consumption, and save you money.

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