Smart lights are a simple and effective way to make your home smarter in every sense by giving you total control of your lighting, and they enable you to do so from anywhere in the world. With the Collingwood system, you can achieve precisely what you want when you want it.
Why introduce Smart lighting into your home?
Well-considered lighting will always make your home a more pleasant space. A Smart lighting system not only enables you to achieve more complex lighting effects in the most convenient manner, but it will also help you to improve security.
Smart lighting means always coming home to a warm welcome. With the Collingwood system, the lights you specify to come on when you arrive can be either pre-programmed or activated by the geolocation feature, which uses your location to advise your imminent return.
You can use our system to set scenes. Imagine waking up or going to sleep with a simulated sunrise/sunset. Or pre-setting your ambient, accent and task lighting to suit your social life: movie night with the family, for example, is likely to want a totally different ambience to dinner with friends. You could even try linking your lights to music for your very own home show. The options are endless.
When it comes to creating the illusion of being at home, even when hundreds of miles away, our system enables you to create something truly convincing. For example, you can link different room groups, downstairs and a bedroom, and set rules or schedules to turn them off and on automatically. It all happens seamlessly, and you can be highly inventive: think beyond the obvious and introduce live TV, courtesy of a Collingwood Smart plug and hall lights that come on when the doorbell rings. It would take a genuinely confident intruder to put all that to the test!
You may want to control all these possibilities with your voice. You will certainly want to do so in a simple and cost-effective way, without replacing your entire home and garden lighting system. Collingwood’s system allows you to do precisely this because it makes the ordinary extraordinary.
Essentially, this means that it will make a dumb light smart. So you can keep your existing downlights (although obviously the system is optimised for Collingwood luminaires) and your well-considered outdoor lighting scheme without needing to replace them. It also works with Alexa, Siri Shortcuts and Google Assistant (the technology behind Google Home), responding to voice-activated instructions as well as with your smartphone.
To take control of your lighting, all you need is the Collingwood Smart hub to connect to the WiFi (or you can use an Amazon Echo Plus) and download the CWD Smart app. Then simply use your connected devices to control products you may select from those listed below:
Smart light bulbs
Smart light bulbs (known in the industry as lamps) are designated as smart because they enable lighting to be scheduled, controlled and customised remotely. Many articles claim that Smart lighting is all about optimising energy, but this is not strictly the case. In fact, it is the LED technology element that optimises energy usage.
LED bulbs use around 75% less energy than traditional incandescent or halogen lamps. Reducing energy consumption is vital, not only to reduce running costs but also because lighting accounts for 19% of the world’s energy consumption and 6% of all greenhouse emissions.
Collingwood was one of the first lighting manufacturers to champion LED technology and has been at the forefront of LED lighting for almost two decades, so we are not content to offer anything less than the best. Indeed, our Smart LED bulbs boast a lifespan of 25,000 hours. That equates to around 14 years of use in the average home, and it is 10,000 hours longer (or roughly six years of normal usage) than most Smart LED light bulbs you can buy. It is also around 25 times longer lifespan than your old incandescents. Our Smart downlights have a lamp lifespan of 70,000 hours, which is even more impressive!
In this category, Collingwood offers two downlights and three bulbs: a GU10, an E27, a B22. The latter are all available in three options: as a 2700K warm white dimmable lamp; a colour changeable bulb that allows you to slide through 64,000 different shades of white (emulating the sun rising and setting, for example, for a more natural transition between sleeping and waking); and as an RGBW colour changing bulb.
The alternative Smart light switch
Smart light switches replace your existing switches with ones that you can control remotely, and it is one way to make your existing lights more intelligent. But it means compromising on aesthetics since there are few options in terms of their size and appearance. Instead, the Collingwood system uses a light bridge that can be installed in wall cavities or ceiling voids. This means that you can retain your runs of existing downlights and keep decorative fixtures like candelabras or the decorative filament bulbs while instilling the level of intelligence they need to set controls and scenes and create routines. Both dimmable and non-dimmable Smart light bridges are available. Chose the former to control existing dimmable lights.
A Smart plug can fill the gaps
The Collingwood Smart plug will make your dumb electrical devices more intelligent. Simply plug the appliance into our Smart plug, and you are ready to connect to the app. This means that table lamps and floor lamps, Christmas tree lights and free-standing fans, bread makers, and coffee machines can all benefit from the wide range of built-in functionality.
Control lights without the app via the Smart Wall Panel
The wall control panel provides quick and easy lighting control without access to the Collingwood app, perfect for guests or young children: each of the four buttons may be customised to suit the required functions.
Add a Smart Motion Sensor for greater energy efficiency
When integrated into the Collingwood system, this enables lighting to be activated by movement and/or changes in the ambient lux levels, saving energy by activating lights only when the room is dark and inhabited.
Finally, Collingwood provides the smartest route for outdoor lighting
If you’re considering a Smart lighting system, remember to consider your outdoor space too.
Imagine coming home to a beautifully lit garden that had sensed your approach from 300m away using the geolocation feature. Or creating schemes specifically for dinner with the family, drinks with friends or the regular neighbourhood barbecue. All you need do is install the Collingwood Smart non-dimmable bridge in the circuit or waterproof junction box (if installed outside) between the light switch and the first light in the circuit, and you have smart garden lights too.
What’s more, it means that you can enjoy all the benefits of Collingwood’s superior outdoor lighting products, existing or otherwise, without the need to compromise on quality to achieve your aims. So you can still appreciate Collingwood’s IP65+ rated luminaires, their superior lamp lifespan backed by a seven-year extended warranty, and the wide range of products in an enormous variety of beam angles and colours even when you want them to be smarter.
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