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Smart-Lighting in Europe

Smart-Lighting is a hot topic all around the World. It’s everywhere around us, at home, in the office, in the streets… And lighting is responsible for 19% of the World’s energy consumption, so let’s take a closer look at how the European market is evolving…

In short: awesome! Let’s start by crunching some numbers: From 2013 til 2019, the average growth of installed smart-home systems will grow on average 57% per year. This will mean a market penetration of 15% (up from currently 2,3%)

This looks very promising indeed! In Germany, 95% of the population has already heard about the concept of smart-homes, and 87% of them said that they are interested in smart-lighting solutions.

According to a recent GfK study, the most relevant products in a smart home are (in order of importance): 1. Security/Alarm-system 2. Lighting 3. Thermostat  4. Washing machine 5. Koffee machine 6. TV 7. Dishwasher 8. Fridge 9. Oven aaaaaaand 10. Dryer

Good news then; smart-lighting solutions  are in the top 3! The main drivers for people to buy smart-lighting solutions are:

  1. Saving Energy
  2. Saving costs
  3. Easy control & usage

And, what about you? Do you agree with those drivers?

In any case, we already look forward to the future of smart-lighting!

 

 

 

 

 

This is what your smart home can do

Control your home heating system with your smartphone, close your blinds while on-the-go… those are just two out of many examples of what a smart home can do. There are plenty of smart home solutions out there, but which ones are really practical?

Imagine switching on your washing machine and turning on the heating just before leaving work, so that when you come home it’s nice and warm and your cloth are ready to be hung. Sounds good, right?

Well, that no more science fiction. All you need is the right equipment. From connected smoke detectors to intelligent lighting solutions, there are so many applications on the market that it’s hard to list them all.

Read on if you’d like to discover how all this works out.

In most cases, there is one wireless remote that communicates with all devices. You can then control via app the settings.

Security

The real challenge happens once the individual devices work together. Right now, most solutions focus on just one aspect, for example your home’s lighting or video surveillance system. If, however, they work together new opportunities start to appear. When away on holidays, lights could be programmed so that they switch on from time to time to fake presence. With connected video surveillance / connected cameras you can check on your smartphone if everything is alright at home, presence detectors and window sensors can send you a text message when a door changes status from “closed” to “open”, and so on… All this do the rest to really discourage potential burglars to enter your home. So, instead of investing in an expensive alarm system, you can save a lot of money by making your home not only safer but also more convenient via smart home features.

Smart home technology is therefore very useful to save money, very popular thanks to its convenience aspect and can make your home safer. Especially in the winter season smart lighting solutions such as Belkin WeMo , Philips Hue or Lightify from Osram are very popular amongst consumers.

However, it can go much further with connected rain and wind sensors, which could automatically close the blinds when a thunderstorm is approaching.

Cost Savings

As already mentioned, smart home technology can help you to save you real money. Heating control devices will reduce your monthly heating bills. Those are often linked with door and window sensors which automatically close once heating is turned on.

But there are even more sophisticated ways to save money, for instance with smart outlets, which measure electricity consumption and propel them to your smartphone. Like this, you are able to identify which devices use the most electricity and which ones, eventually, can be replaced with more efficient ones.

From light controls to heating and security systems, it’s important that your smart home technology is easily understandable, easy to install and ideally inter-connected.