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Light up the outside of your home with Smart Lighting

Author: Charles Barnett
Published: August 14, 2019

Last year we undertook some research amongst our customers that revealed over a quarter (28%) of homeowners use smart lighting within their homes, with the living room, bedroom, and hallway the most popular options for smart lighting technology. What’s more, of those who don't currently have smart lighting in their home, half are considering investing in it in the future.

One might expect that smart lighting, and smart technology in general for that matter, is for indoor use only, but a growing number of people are taking connected tech into their gardens. In fact, our research revealed that 63% of respondents are interested in using smart lighting outdoors - and with an increasing number of smart lighting manufacturers producing bulbs exclusively for this purpose, this is already becoming a reality.

Smart lighting for gardens and exteriors

There a many reasons to consider outdoor smart lighting, including:

  • Smart security lighting - The biggest driver of outdoor smart lighting adoption is home security, and when you consider the advanced functionality that smart bulbs offer, it’s easy to see why. Smart lighting allows you to control lighting from any location via a dedicated mobile app, so whether you’re on holiday, working late, or simply upstairs in bed, you can turn the lights on or off in any room with a few swipes of your finger. Additionally, lights can be scheduled to switch on and off at set times, creating the illusion that a property is occupied.
  • Bring your garden to life - Smart lighting can completely transform the look and feel of an outdoor space: Colours and effects can be chosen to complement seasonal garden tones, or used to create the perfect vibe for any occasion. Using special RGB LEDs, smart lights give users a wide choice of vibrant colours, special effects and presets - all controlled wirelessly via a remote control or smartphone app.
  • Automation makes life easier - Smart lighting can be scheduled to fit around your lifestyle, making it easy to create the look you want, without having to constantly tinker with the lights outside. If you want the lights to stay on a little later at the weekends, for example, you can set it up easily via the app.

With longer nights just around the corner, there’s no time like the present to get your garden lighting organised. For a selection of indoor and outdoor smart lighting solutions, from leading suppliers including Philips Hue, TCP, and Osram, visit our Smart Home page, or for further lighting advice please contact our Technical Advice team via our contact page.

Charles Barnett Managing Director

Charles started Lyco in 1995 with just 4 enthusiastic employees and has grown it considerably over the past 25 years. Charles is also the Managing Director of Lighting Direct and newly acquired Online Lighting. He now has a team of 50 lighting experts working on growing Lyco Group to be the UK leader in lighting for both businesses and homes. Away from the office he is a keen cyclist and is proud to have cycled 1017 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for a new residential centre for adults with multiple learning difficulties.