What to Ask Yourself Before Buying A Smart Bulb

July 5, 2017

You may have looked at a catalog of smart bulbs and felt confused because they all seemed to have the same features based on their description. But the truth is that smart bulbs hardly ever look or work the same. Before buying a smart bulb, ask yourself these questions:

Do the bulb’s shape and size fit into my light fixtures?

What some smart bulb shoppers do not know is that LED smart bulbs come in various shapes and sizes. A bulb might fit your dining room socket but is too large and awkwardly shaped for your desk lamp. The most common types of light bulbs include A series, PS series, B series, C series, R series, and more. Each bulb in each series has a code that consists of a letter and a number.

The letter shows the shape of the bulb, while the number indicates the diameter of the bulb in eighths of an inch. For instance, a tear dropped shaped light bulb begins with an “A” letter.

What should the base of my smart bulb be like?

The type of base that your light bulb has determines whether it fits into your light socket. You may get the right sized bulb for your home, but it may have an Edison base (screw base) when what you needed was one with a Bayonet base (twist and lock). For example, a Philips Hue light bulb has a screw in base.

You may also have a “screw in socket” but end up buying a bulb with a much bigger or smaller screw in base. Imagine the annoyance when you discover that you cannot screw in your light bulb far enough into your socket and it remains hanging half way in.

There are several “screw in” bases from which to choose. That’s why you need to confirm the best screw base for your socket before you go shopping.

How bright do I want my smart light bulb?

Most, if not all, smart light bulbs are LED type bulbs. LED bulbs measure their brightness in lumens, not watts. If you prefer that the light bulb in your home is bright enough for you to see clearly as you walk around the house, then choose the smart bulb with the highest Lumen rating. The higher the Lumen rating, the brighter the bulb.

What color temperature range do I prefer?

Color temperature means the look and feel of light produced by a bulb. For example, the light generated by a candle is described as “warm” while the light produced by a fluorescent light is “cool” in color. Color temperature is often measured in Kelvin (K) on a scale ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 degrees.

Color temperature is important because it ensures that our circadian rhythm works correctly to allow us to have a good night sleep at the end of every day. Our circadian rhythm is tied to the behavior of the sun’s color temperature in a 24-hour cycle. It is what tells our brain that it is early morning, midday, or evening, which helps trigger our sleep cycle.

If you always work indoors under lights that have the same color temperature the whole day, your circadian rhythm may become affected, and you may have a difficult time sleeping. Smart lights that can adjust their light temperature to match that of the sun throughout the day may help you sleep better at night.

Do I want a white color bulb or a multiple color bulb?

Smart LED light bulbs like the Philips Hue bulbs can produce different colors and shades of light. This variety of shades allows you to choose the kind of light ambiance or light mood you want. You can set a particular light color for a home party and one for a romantic home dinner and more.

Always pick color bulbs that offer an extensive spectrum of colors and have high color accuracy. If you are concerned about price, you might want to consider the more affordable smart white color bulbs.

Most smart bulb developers build bulbs that can install in almost any home, making it easy to outfit your home. You can also contact a qualified light installer to help you pick the right smart light bulb kit for your home. Feel free to visit our website for more information on smart light bulbs today.


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