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3 Surprising Ways Smart Lighting Can Change Your Life


Legrand Radiant Lighting System: Smart lighting benefits when working

You may hear “smart lighting” and think, “Cool! I won’t have to walk all over the house turning off all of the lights before bed.”

Or maybe the idea of hosting a swanky dinner party with the perfect dim, restaurant-style lighting is something you’ve always dreamed of. (You can take those well-lit Instagram shots another day.)

A smart lighting system like Legrand’s Smart Lighting from the radiant® Collection will definitely make both of those scenarios possible— its range of smart switches replace your old ones, and make your lighting smart (no need to buy new light bulbs), and any lamp can be “smart” as long as you plug it in to one of their smart plug-in outlets.

A smart lighting system like Legrand’s Smart Lighting from the radiant® Collection will definitely make both of those scenarios possible— its range of smart switches replace your old ones, and make your lighting smart (no need to buy new light bulbs), and any lamp can be “smart” as long as you plug it in to one of their smart plug-in outlets.

Legrand Radiant Lighting System: Smart lighting and Smart Outlets

The system solves for two common smart home headaches— ease of install, and cross compatibility. The app walks you through how to replace your switches one by one, and the plug-in outlets require no install. Each switch or outlet connects to your home’s Wifi system and requires no additional hardware to be up and running. Best of all, Legrand’s smart lighting integrates smoothly with a bevy of platforms, like Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and SmartThings. It’s the first open source lighting solution of its kind, but all you need to know is that it’s likely to be compatible with many other smart devices you have in your home, which is pretty neat.

But smart lighting is more than just convenient (and fun!) In fact, there are a few seriously significant ways that it could change your home—and life. Here are three ways it could give you a serious lifestyle upgrade.

Legrand Radiant Lighting System: Turning on Smart lighting

1. It transforms a home office

If you’ve ever had a job in an office with bad lighting, you know how much it can affect your workflow. If it’s too dark, you start straining your eyes and get sleepy. If it’s too bright, it can give you a headache. Yes, there’s actual scientific research that shows the right lighting can improve everything from employee fatigue to alertness and productivity.

When you work from home, it can be tricky to get that “office” lighting right, since your office might be in a space you use for something less work-related. My “office”, for example, is usually my kitchen table.

With Legrand’s Radiant Collection, you can get the right smart lighting with a tap of your smartphone or tablet: Smart switches can control your overhead lights, and smart plug-ins can make your task lamps “smart”. Now you can dim the whole group of lights with just a few taps in the Smart Lights app at any time. Or you can even program your lighting for work hours in advance, so you’re set up for max productivity from the get-go.

2. It helps you get a good night’s sleep

Melatonin is the hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle in the body, and light regulates the body’s production of melatonin. So you can see why lighting is pretty crucial when it comes to how well you sleep.

Your first action item is to step away from blue-light producing devices like your laptop, iPhone, and iPad as bedtime approaches, since those can tell your body to stay awake. Step two: Program your smart lighting to dim at a specific time, to cue your body that it’s time to wind down. You could even set it to go totally dark at the same time every night if you’re trying to work on sticking to a regular bedtime (and keep failing at it in favor of one… more… page… in that novel).

Legrand Radiant Lighting System: Smart lighting / Legrand Smart Lights App

3. It makes you feel safer

Having total control over the external and internal lights at your house from wherever you are gives me major peace of mind when it comes to safety, whether I’m home or not. When I’m home alone and hear a sketchy noise, for example, I love that I can tap a button in an app and make lights come on immediately on the porch or in a street-facing front window… I don’t have to come out from under my covers to make it look like I’m home, and ready to pounce.

Not to mention when I come home to a dark house at the end of the day (which is the creepiest, no?). One tap on my smartphone as I approach will light a path from the front door or garage door right through the house to the kitchen or stairs, which is really comforting.

And safety experts say that scheduling your home lights to turn on and off at the same time each day is a great strategy for keeping would-be burglars at bay, since even if you’re away on a distant beach, it’ll create the illusion that you’re home. Legrand’s Smart Lighting makes it easy to schedule an on and off time for exterior and key interior lights— you can collate your desired lights into an “Evening” group, and then schedule them to do their thing. And coming this summer, there will be an outdoor-rated smart plug-in for backyard lamps… so the options will be  endless for lighting that looks good, and keeps the house safer.

Legrand Radiant Lighting System: Smart lighting / Legrand Smart Lights App
Legrand Radiant Lighting System: Smart lighting / Legrand smart lights app

Even if you forgot to do all this set-up before you left the house, you can just open the Legrand Smart Lights app from the airport (or the pool) and set things from there.

There’s none of that “Honey, did you remember to turn off the lights?” business. Like I said, serious upgrade.

This post was written in partnership with Legrand. As always, all opinions are my own.



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