So you’ve finally got yourself one of those fancy Smart Home Assistants, whether it’s Google Home or Amazon Alexa, now all you need are some Smart Lights to pair it with! Looking for a compatible Smart Lighting system can be daunting, but don’t worry, we’ve got you sorted with Xiaomi’s affordable range of quality options for the desk, bedroom, home and office space.
To get you started, let’s take a look at some of the most popular Smart Lights.
Smart Desk Lamps
With a design and feature set that makes it ideal for the modern home, and just a splash of orange, this Desk Lamp enjoys a premium looking design, one so good it's far over what it actually costs. At it's most simplistic, this slim stand and a thin LED tube has Bluetooth connectivity and so can be connected to the Mi Smart home app, with which you can easily set the temperature and brightness of the lamp
The Mi LED Desk Lamp is specially designed to dissipate heat better and reduce flickering that causes harmful effects on the eyes. Use the Mi Home app to switch between 4 different lighting modes or use the knob to switch on or off, or adjust brightness and colour temperature to suit your mood.
- Focus mode - adopts the Pomodoro Technique, a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in 1992. It uses a timer to break down work into intervals to increase efficiency and add a sense of accomplishment.
- Read mode - prevents eye fatigue by adjusting the colour temperature to a neutral hue and a 100% luminance. Set it to Read mode and cram studying at three in the morning should be a breeze!
- Computer mode - ensures the colour temperature range is kept at 2700K, which reduces the amount of blue light entering the human eye.
- Child mode - ensures that the colour temperature doesn’t exceed 4000K; effectively protecting children’s eyes from potential optical damage.
If you or someone in your family spends a lot of time at their desk either working, studying, gaming, or drawing, the Mi LED Desk Lamp is eye-deal for protecting your vision and getting stuff done.
Smart LED Light Bulbs
Colour your home with the Mi Smart LED Light Bulb in White or RGB. Achieve an ambient atmosphere, anytime with 16 million different colours to suit 16 million different moods. Want to warm up the feel of a room? Just ask your Google Home or Amazon Alexa to change the light colour to yellow. Want to cool it down? Change it to light blue. Sync your lights with the music when you’re spending time with friends, set a bedtime schedule for your kids, dim the lights without having to get out of bed, or automatically switch them off when leaving home. You can also program them to gradually turn on or slowly dim so you can wake up and drift off to sleep easier. Who knew a Smart Light Bulb could be so fun?
Often, when we think of light bulbs we think of the one's in our ceiling, but that same socket it also used in a range of standing and table lamps, which can be then positioned around the home adding even more great functionality through your intelligent setup.
Smart LED Ceiling Lights
The Yeelight Smart LED Ceiling Light uses 72 pieces of LED to illuminate every corner of the room. This simple yet elegant ceiling light prevents dust and insects from entering the interior thanks to its cleverly integrated design. It only takes 5 minutes to install and comes in White and Starry Sky.
Adjust the brightness and colour temperature using the Mi Home app and control your lights, even when you aren’t home. It’s a great security option for when you’re on holiday because your home never looks empty. It also means you can come home to a lit house without leaving your lights on and wasting electricity. You can also dim the lights or switch between Daylight mode and Moonlight mode (ultra-low brightness of 1.5lm) using hands-free voice control via your Google Home or Amazon Alexa.
Smart Beside Lamps
The original Mi Bedside Lamp was so popular it no longer suited the name, and we expect the same is about to happen with the Mi Smart Bedside Lamp 2. Sure, this portable smart lantern has been improved with a new touch bar making it easy to turn on while fumbling about in the middle of the night, making it an even better fit for the bedroom, but with voice controls why would you reach out from the warm blankets!
Joking aside the brightness controls via touch make it even better for kids (or people without smart speakers everywhere), but if you do, you can connect and control multiple lamps at once, or along with the whole home, setup is a breeze.
Adjust the brightness or colour of your lamp to create ambiance or alter the tone of your room, wake up gradually or light your way. The Mi Smart Beside Lamp is a great new all-on-one option for the home.
Smart Lighting saves you energy, time, and money, and it’s definitely worth considering investing in. You use your smartphone for everything else anyway, why not use it to control your lights, too? Say “OK, Google, turn all the lights off,” as you head out the door or “Alexa, dim the lights,” when you’re in ready to relax.