One of the simplest and easiest ways to incorporate smart technology into your home is through light switches. More and more people are investing in this type of device because it provides added convenience and security. It allows you to control lights through the switch on the wall and using your smartphone or tablet.
Here are the features to look for in a smart light switch.
Today, you can get smart light switches that let you adjust the brightness of your lights. However, to do this, you need to pair the light switches with dimmable bulbs. High-quality light emitting diode (LED) bulbs and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs usually have this feature. However, it’s still better to check the bulb’s packaging and the recommendations of the switch’s manufacturer.
Compatibility With Virtual Assistants
Custom home automation experts recommend getting a light switch compatible with virtual assistants, such as Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. With this feature, you can control your lights through voice commands. For instance, you can say, “Hey, Siri, please turn off the kitchen lights”, and the voice assistant will do as asked.
Compatibility With Your Home Wiring
Lastly, make sure to choose a switch that is compatible with your home wiring. Many smart light switches need a neutral wire and may be too large to fit in small switch boxes, which tend to be uncommon in older properties. It’s always best to consult an experienced electrician to determine which smart light switch works best for your home.
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