Last year, the term ‘smart home’ became common spread but in 2017 this has already gained more traction with the release of Amazon Echo and Google Home being welcomed by consumers. As the smart home becomes a reality for many more homeowners, leading lighting retailer, BLT Direct discusses the role that smart light bulbs can play in making these tech-fuelled houses smarter in more ways than one.
Steven Ellwood, Managing Director of BLT Direct revealed, “People are enjoying the idea of a smart home as it makes life convenient. It feels as if we are living in the future, now, and this is incredibly exciting. However, beyond the novelty hi-tech aspect, the rise in smart homes and the use of smart devices such as light bulbs could be a huge step forward for making homes much more energy efficient in the future.
“’Home assistants’ such as the newly released Google Home and Amazon Echo enable users to adjust the sensors around their home to suit their needs exactly. This includes turning the music to optimum level, locking windows as they leave the house and turning light bulbs on, off or at different levels of brightness, depending on their mood or the task that is at hand. With this level of control, energy is only required when it is actually needed, rather than wasted unnecessarily. This could be a ‘game changer’ for the environment.”
Predictions from Business Intelligence, the premium research service from Business Insider suggest that 193 million smart home devices will be shipped to new users by 2020 – growing from 83 million in 2015. With consumers accepting this hyper-connected upgrade to home life, this could in turn make a positive change to average energy output across the world.
Steven Ellwood, Managing Director of BLT Direct continued, “The possibilities that mass adoption of smart-home technology has for increasing energy efficiency is vast, but consumers must take action now to drive the ‘tipping point’ that is needed. Even without a complete connected home, like that offered by Amazon Echo or Google Home, investing in smart light bulbs connected by an independent hub can make the simple change, fast.”
BLT Direct is a leading lighting retailer, stocking specialist light bulbs to suit all domestic, commercial and industrial needs, including smart led light bulbs.
Created by Steve Ellwood on 1st March, 2017
Qualified as an Electrician, founder of BLT Direct