Now we can pretty clearly see that automation can help us greatly to reduce our energy consumption but still there are some outstanding questions. The first would probably be how to get started.

Although the main promoters of home automation are small businesses who are responsible for installing these systems at home are also those companies that have meant a greater burden for this type of technology. And is that a complete system installed can sometimes cost as much as some houses, so this is not one of the best ways forward for those wishing to start.

Luckily today there are few alternatives that allow you to go little by little, one object at a time with prices much more considerable for the common citizen. At this point, hardly find a better starting point than the LED intelligent bulbs, those who allow themselves to be controlled from your smartphone, last long, cost little money and need not be especially ready to install.

Already decided by smart bulbs as a first step to automate our home, it is time to choose one of the many alternatives on the market. Then you have the most attractive.

Philips Hue

Hue

Philips has always been among the leaders in the sale of bulbs worldwide, so no wonder it is one of the most interested in adapting to changing times. The result of the aforementioned interest is the Philips Hue, one of the most solid solutions in automated home lighting is concerned.

The Philips Hue is more than a simple light bulb that can connect to your smartphone. In these smart bulb we can program the cycles of light and lighting managing slowly, the result is one to the dark adaptation for our brains, so we can sleep more easily.

Being a lightbulb multicolor LED , Philips has also thought about using different color settings for light more useful depending on the activity being undertaken.

Pricewise, the system can be a bit expensive, but for about $ 200 can get with three bulbs the Hue bridge , the device responsible for coordinating the bulbs.

GE Link

GE Link

General Electric is one of those companies that does not lack experience in the market for light bulbs.These guys got to where bulbs are selling at prices that ordinary people could afford and do not plan to change the tradition now.

The GE Link does not have all the advanced features of the competition but met with the basics and are a good automated lighting that can be controlled from the smartphone you can program cycles. It is best to be the perfect alternative for those unwilling to overspend so finally after all are bulbs.

Link GE works thanks to a Hub that can be the owner of the house, Link Hub ($ 30) , or a more open, the Wink Hub ($ 50) . Otherwise, you can purchase several models of light bulbs between $ 15 and $ 25 . Yes, an option very attractive.

Belkin WeMO LED Lighting

Belkin Wemo

Belkin house is more interested in the integration of automated home and alternative lighting is quite interesting. With similar to the Philips Hue Central dock that can control up to 50 bulbs, the starter kit (2 bulbs and dock) of this system allows us to control our lights with smartphone costs 99 euros .

This is definitely one of the simplest systems which follows in the footsteps of General Electric that Philips, but considering that each additional bulb costs about 35 euros , it is a solution to consider for those who want a budget and looking for an alternative to GE.

Lumini

Lumini

Kickstarter has served as a shelter for a handful of developers pretty decent automation products. This is the case lumini , one of the most promising market LED bulbs. Here we have a system that promises all the advanced features you get at options like Philips Hue, with the advantage that no Hubs are needed.

Best of lumini is financing its price was $ 25 , about what is expected to cost each bulb when leaving the consumer market.

TCP Connected

Again we are with a solution that promises that its strength is a blend of functionality and low cost. Here we are not going to find extravagant and complex options, but with simple white light of low consumption and very functional automation system.

The starter kit comes with a pair of bulbs and the respective dock, all for $ 70 , while each bulb costs about $ 20 separately. Perhaps the main weakness is that the dock by connecting a bunch of cables.

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Now we can pretty clearly see that automation can help us greatly to reduce our energy consumption but still there are some outstanding questions. The first would probably be how to get started. Although the main promoters of home automation are small businesses who are responsible for installing these systems at...