A short time ago I wrote a guide on HomeKit accessories to explain how they enable you to control certain aspects of your home from a number of devices, including an iPhone or Apple Watch. In that guide, I pointed out one of the most popular areas of a smart home is wireless lighting – lighting which can be turned on, off and do other amazing features wirelessly from a device.

To get started it might seem like something that is quite difficult to do, but in fact, it’s essentially as easy as changing a light globe and you don’t need to rewire your home.

The purpose of this guide is to provide a beginner’s guide on how you can get started with wireless home lighting, what benefits and features they offer, and how you can start controlling lights simply by using Siri from an iPhone.

Overview

Wireless lighting opens up a lot of possibilities in what you can do with light in your home – if you think it’s just about wirelessly turning your lights on, and off you would be incorrect.

They essentially become your personal lighting system that brings enable new ways to use your lights like never seen before. Most wireless lights have wireless technology built into the globe that enables a range of features, and possibilities that you might also never thought possible.

Some of this includes:

  • Turning your lights on and off while at home or even away (i.e. while on holidays)
  • Scheduling lights by a set time, or when you arrive at home
  • Smooth dimming
  • Choosing from 16 million colours (When using coloured lighting sets)
  • Mood lighting to suit your situation (concentrating, studying, reading, etc.)
  • Ambient lighting for scenarios, including helping you to wake up
  • Syncing with music or movies

Starter Kits

Philips Hue has two starter packs which I highly recommend to get started on wireless lighting for your home, office, restaurant or business because they have everything you need in one pack. They include the wireless LED globes, and the HomeKit-enabled hub, which does all the communication between the lights and your device.

Simply changing your light globe

Hue is also one of the most popular lighting systems out there, and can be set up by simply changing your light globe – no re-wiring required!

They also have Apple’s Home Automation technology (HomeKit) built-in meaning set up is easy, they’re secure with encryption, and they are integrated with iOS and Siri on iPhone, iPad, and the Apple Watch.

Philips Hue lighting is also expandable to 50 globes on the one system with a range of globes and other lighting systems available.

Using & controlling

Firstly I want to point out you can still turn your lights on and off the traditional way – from the switch on the wall but when you’re running wireless lighting you can control them in a number of different ways, and this is when Siri and Apps come in.
Home Lighting from iPhone

Lights can be controlled from apps on your iPhone at the touch of a button, and these apps allow you to perform a number of commands such as like scheduling, dimming, controlling light, etc. The apps can also be updated to bring more potential features in the future.

“Hey Siri, dim the kitchen lights to 50%”

The easiest way to control the lights is via Siri which is all possible thanks to the integration with Apple HomeKit. This means you can ask Siri to perform all the commands the lights have to offer.

As HomeKit is integrated into iPhone, iPad, and even the Apple Watch you can use any of the devices to control your lights – even by using Siri from an Apple Watch.

More Information

The Philips Hue Starter Kits and other lighting home automation products are available from a number of stores around the world including Apple.

Apple has both starter kits available from their online store with free shipping and pickup at selected locations from Apple Australia, Apple New Zealand, Apple US, and more. You can find more information including pricing or make an order on either of the two starter kits below:

You can also learn about other home automation products including guides, and more the Smart Home section of Amvsement.