Wireless lights are an exciting option for lighting your home. Standard-fitting ‘Smart light bulbs’, the product of LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting and wireless technology, are setting a new standard in lighting control and power saving.
Wireless LED lights can bring you three main benefits
You can turn an individual wireless light bulb on or off or dim it... you choose.
You can control wireless lights...
...each has an address
LED lights live much longer than incandescent or compact fluorescent bulbs
So these lights live about 50 times as long as an incandescent bulb.
LED lights use totally different technology to that used in incandescent or compact fluorescent lights
The cost of running a wireless light bulb, or any electric light, depends on how much electric power it uses
If there were such a thing as a perfect light, it would convert all of the electrical energy it used into light energy. But there’s no such thing as the perfect light. Unfortunately, lights also convert some of the electrical energy they use into heat, and while the heat isn’t wasted if the room is cold, we really want the light, not the heat.
Look at the print on the packaging of a compact fluorescent or LED light bulb.
You may see something like ‘8W… equivalent to 60W’.
This means that for the same amount of light, while the standard incandescent bulb uses 60 Watts of electric power, the LED light only uses 8 Watts…
The first of the wireless lights available is the award-winning Insteon. This has a standard medium Edison screw-in base and fits just like an ordinary bulb. So far only a 120VAC 60Hz version is available, though they should quickly become available in other voltages and with other fittings.
A wireless light bulb is slightly bigger than a conventional bulb, so take this into account if you want to use one where space is limited.
Setup appears to be straightforward.
When you add a new wireless light bulb, it ‘tells’ the controller ‘I’m a new bulb, number xxx, please include me in your network’. The controller then links to it and adds it to the network along with any other wireless bulbs.
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