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Home of the Future: Smart Homes

Home of the Future: Smart Homes

Ever wondered what it was about smart tech that has masses going cahoots? Think of the times when hundreds would join the never-ending lines outside of the Apple store just to get their hands on the latest iPhone. Or the first time a high-tech digital door caught your attention when watching a K-drama. From smart speakers like Google Home to the smartphones we own, the dream of building a Tony Stark worthy automated smart home seems more realistic than ever before! Yet, one question remains unanswered by many homeowners: Do I even need to own a smart home?

 

Back to the Future: Light Things Up!

As mentioned, many smart home gadgets are available in Singapore. But no matter how useful a fingerprint door lock might look, there is no denying that your basic lock and keys do the job perfectly well. Seemingly futuristic, these fancy smart home products may seem appealing to some, but their practicality remains undefeated by smart lights. Everyone knows how frustrating it is when we’ve gotten all cosy in bed only to realise that the lights are still on or remembering that the we’ve left the lights on hours after leaving the house. Imagine how convenient smart LED lighting solutions would be in these situations?

“Hey, Google! Turn all the lights off!”

 

Smart LED Lights to Screw: It is a Breakthrough

The thought of designing a smart home that is a vision of the future may seem daunting to many. Just like every other renovation project or attempt at revamping your home, time and effort will have to be invested. But here’s the catch, if you know how to screw in a light bulb and download apps onto your phone, you’re set on your journey to building a smart home in Singapore.

 

Embrace the Future with Near: Smart Lighting

In recent years, smart lights have taken the world by storm, and it looks like there is no stopping it from creeping into our lives. Increasing convenience and functionality, smart lights are a smart choice to light up your home space. Convenient and affordable, it is the main go-to amongst homeowners in Singapore – you can easily install smart LED lights in your home with Near.

 

Taking on the plug-and-play approach, Near lights are reliable and flexible products to integrate into your home so that you can kick-start your journey to smartness – build a smart home that is. Worried about how smart lighting will affect the aesthetic of your home? Fret not! Clean, simple, and aesthetically versatile, all near products will adapt to your existing interior design and work to elevate the look of your home.

Home Design of the Future: Trick Out with Smartness

 smart led lights

Modern, bold, and larger than life – those are the words that come to mind when visualising future home designs. Not sure what the home of the future will look like? Take the typical homes that are trending on Instagram – a highly designed work of bespoke architecture – and fuse it with efficiency and convenience. Here are some cool ideas:

 

1. Spook Them Out!

Imagine a haunted house that was brightly lit – impossible! Those flickering lights and eerie sounds go hand in hand. This Halloween, why not hook up some smart lighting in your home and scare the pants off your friends and family when you host them? Customise your lighting theme on the Near app and choose from over 16 million colours.

 

2. Happy Hour

The holiday season is also around the corner. Revamp your bar area with the Near Smart Strip Kit, like our happy customer here. Put your favourite drinks on display and draw attention to your premium collection. 

 

3. Gamer’s Paradise  

2020 has been the year of esports. With the increase in gaming activities and tournaments in Singapore and all around the world, level up your gaming setup with smart LED lighting solutions. 

Have your own unique lighting ideas in mind? Get in touch with Near, and our experts will work their magic and offer the right lighting solutions to pull off the futuristic interior design that you would like to achieve.

Smart Home Automation and Security Systems

Smart Home Automation and Security Systems

We are now living in the golden age of technological development, and our daily routines are intertwined with these advancements. With the evolution of the digital market, the dawn of smart technology and devices, home automation systems are no exception. Promising a futuristic experience, smart home automation has adapted to incorporate home security systems. Expected to be worth $3.2 billion globally by 2026, the home automation and security systems market is constantly peaking. In 2020, the connected home alarm system overtook traditional alarm services, and a surge of smart devices was introduced to complement most home security systems.

Benefits of Smart Home Automation Systems

In general, the smart home automation system technology stands above other automated systems. In addition to possessing the fundamentals such as reducing manual labour, and increasing efficiency, the home automation system technology gives owners of smart homes some form of control over the system from any location.

In terms of smart home security, smart technology that leverages on Artificial Intelligence caters and adapts to varied lifestyle needs. When first establishing a smart home security system, many start with cameras, and slowly build upon the set foundation with other smart devices such as home doorbells or security locks. Whichever smart home security solution homeowners in Singapore decide to incorporate, benefits of a smart home control system include:  

  • Increased Protection

With the development of new security threats, innovative security solutions have also paved the way for robust smart home security systems.

  • Proactive vs Reactive

The standard security system reacts to threats, only alerting homeowners after an infiltration. Smart home security technology available in Singapore, on the other hand, proactively signals potential threats, providing homeowners an opportunity to pre-empt a break-in attempt.

  • Constant Ability to Monitor

If a smart home security system with cameras is established, homeowners can always observe happenings around the property. Smart connected devices also allow homeowners to control smart technology from any location, and on most smart devices.

Smart Home Security Solution: Smart Home Lighting

smart home control system app

Many might not consider lights as a security solution. However, smart lighting combines enhanced security with convenience. Some studies have shown that crime rates reduced in well-lit streets – the same results could be seen if similar tactics were applied to homes. Since smart lights can be used to mimic human activity, in turn deterring security crimes, Near smart lights and products can do the same.

Near Smart Home Lighting Solution: Strategic Manipulation

Although security lights reduce crime rates on the streets, it is crucial to note that at home, security lighting is only effective if used strategically. Leaving lights on the whole day could attract attention for the wrong reasons. Manipulating lights to mimic human activity, by scheduling them to turn on and off, is thus the best solution. The Near App makes this possible by allowing users to schedule lights and other devices from any location. Repeated settings in terms of actions, devices, and timing can be set for specific days of the week. Switch up the lighting schedule daily, or have them set for the entire week, and deter intruders.

Near Smart Home Lighting Solution: Remote Control

A major plus point of smart home security systems is that even when away from home, connectivity remains reliable and resilient. For example, although Near smart light devices only support 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks, consumers can use other available cellular networks to control the devices from any location outside of the home. This increases home security, especially if homeowners plan on staying away from their homes for long periods.

Near Smart Home Lighting Solution: Shock Factor

 smart home security

As mentioned, the lack of lighting control implies that no one is home. In this sense, automated lighting also increases home safety and security when a surge of “movement” can be activated. On the Near App, a trigger scene can be saved – to add to this, Near smart lighting can be customised to emit over 16 million colours. The trigger scene enables users to activate multiple devices and settings in one click. When the app is in-sync with smart devices such as virtual assistants, air-conditioners, and more, they can be turned on all at once. This sudden surge of “activity” further deters homes from being susceptible to crimes.

Looking for smart home lighting solutions for your home in Singapore? Contact us at (65) 9660 1090 for more information on our end-to-end services and how our range of smart lighting can aid in enhancing your home security.

Increasing Dependence on Smart Home Automation Systems

Increasing Dependence on Smart Home Automation Systems

With the current normalisation of automation in the household sector, the curve on the types of people who will be able to build a smart modern home is flattening sporadically. With more homeowners turning to tech to smarten up their apartments and streamline home management processes, home automation solutions in Singapore have become affordable and easily accessible. In this article, we cover how you can take the first steps into building your own smart home by integrating smart lights and other connected devices in rooms of your apartment. 

1. The Smart Home Guide: Kitchen

home kitchen automation solution Singapore

Smart refrigerators are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the array of smart kitchen appliances – delve into the realm of smart lighting with Near. Noting that the general kitchen area requires illumination at around 300 lux, or more, Near has come up with a range of lighting solutions that cater to the varying lighting needs of the cooking space. The Near Smart Ceiling Lights, for example, is 1400 lumens bright – ideal for ceiling use, giving the kitchen space extra illumination. Depending on the kitchen architecture and carpentry structures, task lighting can also be strategically installed, serving as an aesthetically appeasing lighting solution. To suit varying kitchen designs, and personal preferences, the Near app can be optimally utilised to adjust lighting functions to meet your needs.

Smart LED Lighting Solutions by Near

  • Illuminate your worktops by installing the Near Smart Strip Lights to the back of cabinets or under cupboards
  • Install spotlights above the sink for a brighter view

2. The Smart Home Guide: Dining Room

Installing overly bright lighting in this go-to area to host guests or have a romantic dinner might be an overkill. Dimmable lighting above the dining table is recommended so that you can customise the scene and mood to suit your needs and occasion.

Smart LED Lighting Solutions by Near 

  • Install Near Smart Strip Lights to the underside of the kitchen island to up the aesthetic appeal of your dining area
  • Near Smart Bulbs can be installed into fancy pendant lamps that hang directly above the dining table to create the perfect ambiance

3. The Smart Home Guide: Living Room

 Living Room Smart Home LED Lights

From smart TVs to wireless speakers, there is a myriad of home automation solutions available in Singapore that will revamp any home. As with most connected homes, it is important to have a mix of light sources for both brightness and decorative purposes. For example, the Near Smart Spotlights can be installed to illuminate feature walls or artwork.  

Smart LED Lighting Solutions by Near

  • Install smart home LED lights such as the Near Smart Bulb into fancy light pendants and have the key lighting fixtures add a welcoming atmosphere to the room

4. The Smart Home Guide: Bedrooms

 Bedroom smart led lighting solution

The place we tend to gravitate towards to find reprieve, many decorate this room with smart humidifiers and smart pillows. As with the other rooms, smart lighting is an easy smart technology to work with. When selecting lighting for bedrooms, keep in mind to:

  • Use warm lights to create a cosy atmosphere. Try the Near ceiling lights that can be customised on the Near app to emit one of 16 million colours
  • Avoid blue light waves that will affect your circadian rhythm
  • Use smart home LED lights that emit comforting white light

Smart LED Lighting Solutions by Near: Kid’s Room

  • Besides smart ceiling lights, use LED light bulbs that emit cool white light to reduce the risk of eye strains when studying
  • Try installing lights with motion sensors outside kid’s rooms to encourage independence

Never thought you would see lighting and parenting in the same sentence? Read our previous blog on parenting and Smart LED lights here.

Smart LED Lighting Solutions by Near: Master Bedroom

  • Install the Near Orbit as a bedside feature light
  • To up the ante of your master bedroom decoration, have our Near crew install LED strip lights in your recessed ceiling or bedframes

See how our happy customers have integrated Near lighting into their homes here.

5. The Smart Home Guide: Bathrooms

Bathroom Smart LED Lighting Solutions 

We have all seen the Japanese smart toilet that looks like it was taken straight out of a sci-fi film. However, another element that many overlook when decorating bathrooms, is lighting. Bathroom lighting should emit 300-700 lux, be adaptable, morphing to meet all your needs throughout the day. When selecting lights for your bathroom consider:

  • The Near ceiling or spotlight for everyday general lighting
  • Customisable or dimmable lights that complement your moods
  • Near Strip lights, that emit 528 lux, for the sides of the mirrors, eliminating shadows when shaving or applying make-up

6. The Smart Home Guide: Home Office

Smart Home Office Guide Singapore 

Just like a kid’s study room, cool white light is just as essential to boost productivity and reduce eye strains for adults working from home. 

Read our previous blog on why it is a smart choice to install smart lights in your home office here.

Smart LED Lighting Solutions by Near: Home Office

  • Content creators or those in the entertainment industry, can use Near strip lights that emit coloured lighting to enhance video or photo quality
  • Having a zoom meeting with colleagues or clients? Install Near Smart light bulbs into table lamps for the extra lighting to look all prepped up

Have more questions on our Smart home guide? Contact Near Singapore at (65) 9660 1090 for more information on our end-to-end lighting solutions and services.