lights buying guide: Things to know about ‘smart lights’ before you buy them this Diwali – Times of India


Diwali is around the corner. It’s time people shop for lights to decorate and brighten up their homes and give it a festive feel. The options for home decoration lights include regular electric strips, LED bulbs, fancy lights and more. Other than these, there are smart lights and bulbs that enhance the lighting setup with controls and other interactive features. The word ‘smart’ here not only means lightning options that come with wireless connectivity, app or smart assistant support. There are also some affordable devices that do ‘smart things’ and come without the ‘smart tag’ attached to them per se. Let’s take a look at different types of devices and lights that one can use for lightning, the pros and cons of each type, options to buy and more …
Sensor-based lights: There are several strip lights available in the market that come with Infrared sensors which detect motion and turn off the lights automatically. For those who have LED strips and lights available from last or earlier years there are PiR sensors (passive infrared sensors) available that can be attached to offer similar functionality.

Here are a few buying options:
Halonix 10W Radar Motion sensor B22 LED Bulb: Available at Rs 499
Auto-ON Motion PIR Automatic Light: Available at Rs 439
Panasonic 9W LED Radar Motion Sensor Bulb: Available at Rs 495
Quick Sense 360 Degree 220V Ceiling-Mount White PIR Motion Sensor: Available at Rs 649
Automatic day/night sensors: These are not lights, but sensors that can automatically turn on the device connected to them. Users can connect them to any light and set to turn on or off during certain time of the day/night.

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Here are a few buying options:
Quick Sense QS-301 LDR Sensor Switch: Available at Rs 285
Quick Sense (Qs-302) sensor: Available at Rs 399
Remote controlled lights: There are several lights and bulbs available that come with remote control features. These allow users to change colours, brightness, set timer and more.

Here are a few buying options:.
Mufasa Non-Waterproof Led Strip Multi with 24 key Remote and 2A Adapter: Available at Rs 599
ABA Remote Controlled multi coloured RGB Strip Light Diwali Special Home Decoration: Available at Rs 298
Panasonic RGB Round Base B22 7-Watt LED Bulb: Available at Rs 595
Smart lights: Smart bulbs or strip lights offer maximum functionality compared to other options. One can choose between regular light bulbs or strip lights. These bulbs can also be configured with smart assistant devices such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri for voice-based controls. One can also get Wi-Fi controllers for LED strip lights and turn them ‘smart’.

Here are some buying options:
HomeMate Wi-Fi Multicolour Smart LED Strip Kit
Protium ABS WiFi Smart LED Strip Controller
Phlipton WiFi RGB LED Strip Controller
Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb
Syska 12-Watt B-22 Wi-Fi Enabled Smart LED Bulb



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