If there was one smart home trend that I’d imagined would stall after the initial fad wore off, it would be colored lighting. When I was little, I was obsessed with anything that could change color, however, as an adult, whenever I installed smart light bulbs in my house, I played with the color changing items for about 10 minutes, before never using them. again.
While colorful automated lighting obviously isn’t for everyone, not only does it have a seat at the table, but new innovations throughout the home are embracing it in new and exciting designs, meaning there are more ways than ever to bring this undoubtedly joyful idea. to your house.
Some of these new products bring such a sense of fun and whimsy to areas of the home that might otherwise feel quite pedestrian, that we’re almost turned into intelligent colored lighting. Take a look at some of the exciting new innovations we’ve seen, for every room in the house.
Hugh is an experienced home and property journalist with a passion for cutting-edge homes and the latest design innovations. Drawing inspiration from some of the latest smart home launches from IFA 2022, he found some of the best ways to use colored lighting in smart technology for modern homes.
1. Daily schedules
As well as being a fun thing to play with, colored light can be used to change your mood. Smart color lighting like Philips Hue has an increasing number of features that make it practical, as well as clever design detail. You can set schedules, for example, so that your light follows your activities throughout the day. A warm amber is perfect for winding down at the end of the day, while something cooler and uplifting is perfect for your daily yoga session. It’s part of the human-centric idea of lighting, and while these systems tend to be much more complex, there’s definitely an element of wellness to be explored through color-changing lights.
2. The refrigerator that changes color
Of course, color isn’t just limited to smart lighting. Introduced this year, LG’s MoodUP refrigerator is one of the flashiest kitchen appliances we’ve ever seen. While it can sometimes be hard to get too excited about modern refrigerators, the MoodUP has illuminated doors whose color can be adjusted using the LG ThinQ app: 22 colors for the top doors and 19 for the bottom. You can also apply pre-selected themes, if you are trying to evoke a certain mood with your kitchen lighting ideas, for example for a dinner party in an open plan kitchen.
Like many color-enhanced smart lighting systems, the MoodUP refrigerator can be synced to music to change colors to the beat of whatever you’re listening to, making it the ultimate disc kitchen appliance. Lighting setups can do this too, like Philips Hue.
3. Customizable neon signs
It is also good for creating a party atmosphere. If you like more maximalist interiors, a neon light can set the mood for an entertaining space, and now there are versions of smart lights, like Twinkly, that can be adjusted via the app to create a custom light color scheme.
The Twinkly Flex, which is available on Amazon, can be sculpted into any shape, whether you want to design a heart, a Picasso-style line drawing as shown in this room lighting idea, or just an abstract doodle it’s more your vibe. The Flex can be controlled via the app, introducing a custom color design, from doing a color block contrast to a subtle gradient.
4. Chromotherapy sprinklers
One of the most exciting uses of smart color lighting is in the bathroom. Brands like Dornbracht and Graff offer ‘chromotherapy’ shower heads, designed with colour-changing lights to make the showering experience more therapeutic.
Controllable via compatible apps, by voice command, or with your Alexa skills, it’s a way of using the psychology of color to provide an extra level of relaxation when showering.
5. Extend your screen
Another ingenious application of colorful smart lighting is the backlighting of televisions or PCs to magnify images by mimicking the colors on the screen. This kind of smart technology isn’t exactly new, but it used to be built into a TV.
New products like the Philips Hue Play Gradient Light Strip or the Philips Hue Play Gradient Light Tube, both available on Amazon, can be retrofitted to existing TVs and synced to reflect the colors of whatever you’re watching. The difference is that the Light Strip mounts around the edge of the screen, while the Light Tube sits below or above the screen, casting colored light onto the wall for a fun living room TV idea.