Help me choose the right lamp
Starter package or separate light?
A smart lamp is a lamp or fixture that you control with a smartphone, tablet and / or remote control. So you control the lighting in every room in the house, while you yourself are sitting on the couch. How does your smart lamp make contact with your smartphone or tablet? With wifi or bluetooth. So there is a difference between wifi and bluetooth lamps. With wifi lamps you often need a bridge to use the lamp. The bridge connects your smart lights, the Wi-Fi network and the app. So you really need to operate your lights remotely. For bluetooth lamps, on the other hand, you do not need a bridge.
Why would you choose a starter package instead of separate lamps? Simple. With 1 purchase you have everything you need to control your smart lights via the app. For example, with a starter package, think of at least 2 smart lights and a bridge. Have you ever purchased a starter kit? Then you can of course extend this with separate lamps to provide your entire home with smart lighting. Only expand your collection with lamps of the same brand. You can not combine different brands.
You only buy a separate smart lamp if you already have a bridge in your home. It is important that the light source you choose is suitable for your luminaire. Take a good look at the fitting. We also sell separate luminaires, with which you extend a starter package or current collection of smart lamps. When you only buy separate lamps, you have to purchase a bridge yourself to control your lighting remotely. Provided you have a fixture or light source that can be used immediately without the need for a bridge. We also have that.
A luminaire is the housing of a lamp in combination with a holder for the light source (fitting) and shielding. With a light source alone you can not do that much. There is a suitable design for everyone. A fixture becomes part of your interior. You do not always have to search for a light source for your fixture. We also have fixtures with built-in light sources. These are not replaceable, but the integrated LEDs last up to 25 years on average.
What kind of light does the room need?
Lighting can make or break the atmosphere in your room. Fluorescent lighting in your living room is not the most cozy light. You'd prefer a darker and warm light color there. That looks a lot nicer. Ambient lighting is mainly seen in rooms where you relax, such as your living room or bedroom or above the dining table.
Lighting is not only determining the atmosphere, but light can also help or hinder when carrying out certain tasks. Warm light is atmospheric, but not practical in your kitchen. In your kitchen you have more functional lighting, such as bright spots above your worksheet. So at least you see what you are doing.
Do you want to know how powerful your light source is? Then you look at the brightness of your lamp. You do not want a bright light box above your head during dinner, but you want to see what is on your plate. We express luminous intensity in number of lumens. Lumen is the light intensity per wattage. The more lumens you have, the higher the wattage and vice versa. However, this differs per type of lamp. For the same light output with an incandescent lamp, you need much more power than with a LED lamp.
Determine light color and temperature
You may have made the choice for a white light source, but then you are not there yet. White light is there in hundreds of shades. Therefore look at the color temperature of your light source. It indicates how hot or cold the light is. A bright color temperature is practical, but not very pleasant. And a warm light color is attractive, but not useful when you read a book. We express color temperature in Kelvin. The higher the number of Kelvin, the cooler the color of the light and vice versa. We also speak in terms of cool white or warm white light.
What extra possibilities should your lamp have?
Linking with smart products
Connect your lamps to other smart products at home. Many smart lamps are compatible with IFTTT. With IFTTT you create so-called recipes with which you connect your smart lamps to other channels or products. IFTTT stands for 'If this, then that'. What do you have? Well, you couple the lights to your smart smoke detector, for example. When the smoke alarm goes off, the light also flashes red as an additional signal.
Timer and alarm function
Smart lamps are useful for every room in the house, including in your bedroom. So you use some lamps as wake up light with the wake-up function. You are quietly awakened by a slowly increasing light. Do you want to turn your smart lights on and off at certain times? Then the timer function is very useful.
Set light scenes
With smart lamps you sometimes have the choice of hundreds of different shades of white. Do you not feel like playing with the dimmer yourself? Then you just choose with one push of the button from 1 of the preset light scenes. Each scene gives a totally different atmosphere. For example, think of light scenes to concentrate or to relax.