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Smart Home Automation System: Near is the App for That!

Smart Home Automation System: Near is the App for That!

Today, there is a smart app for everything – we mean EVERYTHING! From tracking the calories you consume to the arrival time of buses, it is no wonder why Apple trademarked the slogan “There’s an app for that.”

Smart Homes & Smart Apps?

Yes, you heard that right. Though it might seem a little odd, there are indeed smart apps that help with smart home functions. We all know that there has been a recent increase in dependence on smart home automation systems in Singapore and globally. Why? Because it not only offers convenience but also provides security, all while giving you a glimpse into the future of homes.

Benefits of Living in a Smart Home

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Never thought you’d be Googling how to connect smart lights to Alexa and making voice commands as you waltz through your high-tech home? Well, the future is here, and smart homes are here to stay. It turns your house into one that’s straight out of a Marvel movie and allows you to control it easily – what is not to love? 

Smart Lighting: The Ultimate Beginner’s Choice

We admit it, we’ve said this time and time again, but here’s the thing – there is no denying that smart lighting is an obvious place to start when looking to smarten up a home. At Near, our smart lights were designed with a plug-and-play approach in mind. Easy to manage, flexible, offering maximum security and remote-control functions, and increased energy efficiency, they offer all that and more.

Near You: Our Story

Realising that smart lights and other smart products are not just a hype, Near began its journey to provide Singaporeans with end-to-end services making mindfulness and lighting synonymous with each other. Locally grown and armed with ambitions to go global, our story is ever evolving like the smart home industry.

Tell Me Why: What’s So Special?

As with almost all other smart home automation solutions available in Singapore, smart lighting offers versatility. An easy switch to make, there is no need for a complete revamp of your home. Utilising the free Near smart app available on Google Play and Apple’s app store, your smartphone becomes a travelling remote control.

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Near has a spectrum of phone-controllable lighting functions that include colour ambiance, white ambience, and natural white light. All of these can be controlled with a single app – build scenes, routines, and schedules that fit your needs. You can build a smart home from scratch with our universal controller and appliances like your aircon! You can even save on electricity bills while you’re at it.

I’m Lost: When & Where 

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Travel with Your Smart App | Keep Your Eyes on the Road!

Not sure when and where the Near app will come to the rescue? Anywhere also can! Usable at any location and time, you can set sleep routines and light schedules day and night. When away from home, tap on your mobile data for efficient remote control of the lighting.

Have a loud voice? “HEY! Google! Turn the lights off!” – a dream you can achieve once you learn how to connect our smart lights to Alexa. Near products, like the smart ceiling light and smart bulbs, can also be installed in every part of the home from bedrooms to kitchens. 

Let Us Tell You How 

Say goodbye to long manuals and get your smart lighting control systems and smart home voice control hooked up in the easiest ways!

How to register an account on the Near App?: Watch our Near App Installation Guide

How to add account Near Smart Lighting?: Watch our Near smart bulb installation guide

How to create a schedule: Read our article

How to know you can trust Near?: See our happy customers

Have more “How?” queries? Contact us and we will aid you in having a peace of mind.


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

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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

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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

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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.