Taking control of your home lighting system increases your chances of enjoying a good night’s sleep. Or so they say, and it’s probably true. Research suggests that minimizing your exposure to artificial light hours before bedtime can help you fall and stay asleep. This makes a good case for installing a lighting system that allows you to adjust your lighting remotely or manually.
The question is, how does someone go about finding the best remote-controlled lighting system for their needs? You can start by thinking about whether you need the system to integrate with a particular smart device(s) or whether you want it to operate using a Wi-Fi connection (or not). Then there’s the issue of whether or not our home’s electrical wiring can accommodate it. How many lights do you want to control? You can begin searching for the right system from a roundup of stellar options when you’ve answered all these questions.
Lutron Caseta Smart Start Kit
If you are confident and think you can handle this installation, go for it. If your tech skills are limited, you probably need an expert. Lutron Caseta Smart Start Kit has gotten much good press. Pros for the Lutron Caseta Smart Start Kit include:
- Allows you to control your lights in multiple ways: via a remote app, via voice control, or manually via the wall switch. You can also set the lights to adjust automatically or create custom lighting schedules.
- It connects with various smart home devices, including Alexa, Apple Home Kit, Google Assistant, Serena shades, and Sonos, so it should integrate with most smart devices.
- It does not require a neutral wire and doesn’t rely on Wi-Fi connectivity, so it integrates with older electrical systems and won’t stop working if your Wi-Fi goes down.
- A single switch controls multiple bulbs, including dimmable LED, halogen, and incandescent.
Cons of the kit:
- It doesn’t come with a wall plate (sold separately).
- Unreliable dimmer switch.
Kasa Smart Light Switch
Pros for the Kasa Smart Light Switch include:
- Allows remote control of lights from anywhere via the Kasa app; it can also be controlled via voice and integrates with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana devices.
- It guides you through installation, which takes some guesswork out of the process.
- Creates personalized lighting schedules, so the system automatically adjusts itself.
- It doesn’t rely on a separate hub or subscription service.
- Requires a neutral wire.
- It relies on a Wi-Fi network connection and won’t work if your Wi-Fi goes down.
Philips Hue Smart Bulb Starter Kit
Pros of the Philips Hue Smart Bulb Starter Kit include:
- It lets you control smart bulbs remotely via the Philips Hue App. You can also control the lighting via voice control with Amazon Alexa.
- Manufacturer’s claim: The Hub should be able to control up to 50 Hue lights without affecting your Wi-Fi’s speed.
- Allows you to create automated lighting schedules.
- Fairly straightforward installation.
The one con of the kit is that the system relies on a Wi-Fi connection, which can diminish its reliability.
Average Cost of Remote Lighting Systems
The national average range to automate a home is between $2,000 and $7,000. For around $5,500, you can automate lights, door locks, thermostats and install a smart speaker and smart plugs in three rooms. The cost of just the remote lighting kit is about $100. Installation should cost about the same. If you are not technically savvy, we highly recommend getting a professional installer or someone who knows their way around current technology.
Many Great Options
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