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Gadgets - Apr 2, 2018

Bright idea: Sengled’s Element Classic A19 kit Soft White Smart Bulbs

An affordable lighting system that works with smartphones and voice assistants

If you’re intrigued by the idea of smart home lighting but aren’t sure where to start, here’s an option that’s both easy and budget-friendly. The Element Classic A19 kit Soft White Smart Bulbs from Sengled includes two bulbs and a hub, the perfect combo to start your whole-home lighting experience.

What makes smart lighting, well, smart? It gives you a lot of control. Using Sengled’s free smartphone app (iOS or Android) or a compatible voice assistant (Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Echo Plus, Samsung SmartThings or Wink Hub 2), you can turn lights on and off and adjust brightness and colour temperatures. You can control your lights remotely – from work, the supermarket or anywhere in the world, really.

You can also set lighting schedules for individual bulbs or groups. For example, you can automate your lights to match your daily routine, starting with your bedside lamps – each morning, they can brighten gradually for gentle wake-ups. You can schedule lights to turn on and off while you’re out of town, making it appear that someone is home. You can even create settings for specific activities or moods.

It’s easy to add more bulbs whenever you like – the app controls up to 64 in total. Another cool feature: the app helps you track your lighting’s energy usage by day, week, month or year. If you’re not using LEDs throughout your home, you may be surprised by the savings: LEDs use up to 80% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and they can last for more than 20 years.