A more adjustable, useful, and user-friendly world is the goal of the smart home design and marketing philosophy. At the technical core, smart home design is a branch of automation, which is all about making certain processes work together seamlessly and with as little human intervention as possible. There is a constant push to continue sophisticated automation while still maintaining some human control (and keeping human knowledge relevant for if it all breaks down), and home improvement is part of that push. Here are a few smart home lighting and general convenience techniques to consider for your home or small business installation.
How Does Smart Home Technology Work?
Smart home systems are usually based around a control board or full--albeit miniature--computer system that can hold a lot of information. They can be simple as a box that allows you to set timers and configure sensors, or as complex as a computer with apps and ways to install your own software.
For lighting, some of the common smart home improvements involve automatic brightness and dimming, turning on and off via motion detectors and timers, and allowing remote access to control the lighting. There are a few more ambitious projects, such as changing light coloring for greenhouses depending on the type of plant, or adjusting light filtration to mimic different sun, moon, and weather-related lighting.
It all comes down to what a specific program can do, and how your smart home hardware interprets that software. With any smart home option, be sure to look at the current features, the capabilities and colors of the lights, and the wiring available to figure out how ambitious you can be with your own custom configuration.
Smart Home Security Details
The smart home industry had inherent security concerns before the industry started--and rebranded--itself as a way to bring automation and convenience to customers. One of the biggest features for automation is remote access, which allows you to adjust your smart devices while away from home.
The security concern is simple: if you can do it as a customer, and if anyone can be a customer, what's to stop hackers from messing with your system? It's not just about professional, deep web-lurking hackers who have the greatest tech skills in the world; a lot of Internet of Things devices--a term for products that have a connection to the internet--are exploited by common issues as simple as using default passwords and ways to connect that are easy if you're familiar enough with computers to set up a router.
Simple attacks have simple fixes. Although there will always be some way to hack, steal, or destroy any object--whether it's connected to the internet, smart, or a plain light bulb--the bigger issue is whether people care enough to target your property and if they can break into your security. For anything that connects to the internet, make up a new username and password and avoid sharing that information with others.
To create beautiful, innovative, and secure smart home lighting, contact a home improvement and LED lighting professional, such as at Trade Source Inc.