How MyPlace Africa is cementing its name in LED lighting
Smart LED lighting products have exploded onto the scene in the last few years. From well-known brands like Philips with its Hue bulbs and IKEA with its Trådfri smart lighting system, they offer us a suite of smart features that take our home lighting to the next level. Simply hook them up to a voice assistant like Amazon Echo, Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit and they’re good to go.
But with all the hype, people are forgetting what’s truly at the core of smart LED lighting: to make our lives easier by providing us complete control over our homes. Usually late on the uptake, South Africans are now beginning to sit up and notice these smart products as they become more accessible and user-friendly than ever before.
Read on to find out how complete systems like the MyLights Smart Home Lighting System by MyPlace Africa can afford you all the control you could possibly need at the touch of a button.
Smart lighting defined
Simply put, smart LED lighting is lighting connected to the Internet that you can control with an app on your smartphone, tablet or home automation system. Thanks to smart LED lighting, “control” is no longer just about powering on or off – it’s also about dimming, timing, colours, colour temperatures and how all of these things can be programmed to match your mood or activity.
Smart LED lighting opens up a whole world of possibilities. The ability to totally control the lighting and completely transform the atmosphere in any room, at any time, from anywhere with an Internet connection, is probably the first thing people are drawn to and is the major selling point of smart LED lighting. However, some of the other benefits include:
- Helps you sleep
- Improves your mood
- Enhances interior design
- Increases safety and security
- Saves money
- Lasts longer
- Lower energy usage
- Provides added convenience
- Future thinking
What you get when you choose MyLights
A complete home hub
When looking at purchasing a smart lighting system, you need to consider whether you’ll also want to buy a home hub or not. A home hub or home automation system will let you add on and control many bulbs at once, incorporate compatible accessories like motion sensors or use voice control via integrations with voice assistants. Essentially, the home hub is what makes the light bulbs smart.
Most smart light bulbs use mesh networking, where each bulb wirelessly connects to its nearest neighbour. That network is controlled by a hub that plugs into your router, enabling your other networked devices to communicate with your bulbs. Some systems also have an away from home mode that enables you to control the lights when you’re far away.
Many people who invest in smart home technology eventually decide to use a home hub. So if you opt to control your smart lighting using Bluetooth, be aware that it limits you from only being able to adjust the lighting when you’re at home. That means if you leave home and forget to turn a light off, you won’t be able to remotely turn it off from another location because you’ll be out of the Bluetooth communication range of the bulb.
One component vs. an entire system
The main comparison between most popular products on the market and MyLights is that it’s one component as opposed to an entire system. These other brands are wireless smart bulbs that must be connected to an external system, whereas MyLights is the system itself and requires no extra add-ons.
One of the main drawbacks of these smart light bulbs is that compatibility and interoperability between competing systems is limited. The smart bulb brand must be compatible with the home automation brand for it to work, whereas MyLights cuts out the middleman by becoming its own home automation system.
With MyLights, you can install the hardwired hub right to your wall and then use the app on your smartphone or smart device to control the system from the palm of your hand. What’s more, the MyLights control panel seamlessly integrates with our MyAir Smart Home Air Conditioning System so you can adjust your lights and air con from the same hub.
A brand you can trust
When it comes to smart LED lighting with functionality front of mind, MyPlace Africa is the name you know and trust. Here’s what also makes our smart LED lighting system stand out from the pack:
- Affordable smart system: Not only does MyLights cost substantially less than other systems and its energy efficiency saves you money in the long run, you benefit from the quality and reliability of an Australian made system.
- Human-centred technology: Along with the huge energy and cost savings, MyLights will help you feel safer in your own home. You can adjust the lighting in every room by easily controlling your lights from a central hub or your smart device.
- Intuitive to use: With MyLights, you don’t need to study the user manual and can simply set and program the system yourself. Between the 8-inch hub and app, you can control your lighting system from anywhere.
Let there be light with MyLights! Have a chat to MyPlace Africa today about installing your very own smart lighting system.