Night lights are a sure way to help your children sleep well at night. They are also a way to introduce your family to a smart home. If you’re looking to get a good night’s sleep and integrate a few smart gadgets into your home, this cheap and easy smart home night light guide is just the place to start.
Smart lighting is the most mature of current smart home technologies and also one of the most flexible. We talk about Philips Hue a lot here on Tom’s Guide. That isn’t because we have a vested interest but because the product is the most accomplished and the most polished. There are other smart lights on the market though and some are advancing very fast.
Setting up the smart lights is just a matter of replacing your existing bulbs with smart ones. If they use a hardware bridge and smartphone app, these will need to be set up too. You can then control the color, brightness, hue and more from your smartphone and tune it so your children get enough comfort without keeping them awake.
Should you wish to, you could integrate your smart night lights into a wider system with Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings or other smart home hub. You can then set the night lights on a timer to save electricity, add a motion sensor to automatically turn lights on low when the children’s bedroom door opens or automatically turn on the bathroom light at 25% when they open the bathroom door.
There is a lot you can do with smart home night lights. Keep it simple or automate everything. Much depends on what you want to achieve and how much you’re willing to spend. The technology is there if you want it!