One of the great things about connected lighting is that all of the above is not only possible – it’s already being done. Take, for example, our very own Philips Hue. In combination with If This Then That (IFTTT), it’s possible to connect your lighting system not only to other items within the home, but also any account you hold online.
Want to know what the weather’s going to be like? Don’t want to check the breakfast news? Well, why not just take a look at the lights? It’s possible to create a ‘recipe’ that changes the lights depending on what the weather’s doing. So you’ll never forget your umbrella again!
Or maybe you’re trying to improve your sleeping habits? Another brilliant option is set up Hue to change the color temperature, and dim or brighten, in sync with the sunrise and sunset – so you’d never miss bedtime again. You might not even need your morning alarm clock anymore, being woken up by calm light instead of an angry buzzer.
And if interior design is your thing, or you just enjoy displaying your latest art for all to see, it’s possible to change the lighting to correspond to a recent photo. By connecting Hue to your social media via IFTTT, you can recreate your most recent photos the second you hit ‘upload’.
While these are all light-hearted applications, there are a number of more serious uses for Hue, too. For example, if you are concerned about the quality of air within your home, you can set up Hue to change color when CO2 levels rise above a certain level. You can then, for example, open a window to allow free gas exchange, and potentially avoid a health issue.
These are just a few of the amazing things connected lighting can allow us to achieve. What would you like to use connected lighting for within the home?