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The Ultimate Smart Home Guide

The Ultimate Smart Home Guide
No longer a mere buzzword in the market, “Smart” tech has made a name for itself in today’s rapidly evolving tech climate. With the advent of notable smart technology like smartphones, smartwatches, these “Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology” have been generalised to define a group of inanimate objects that can be automated and programmed through an intuitive user interface. With the growth of such smart tech, it is no surprise why smart home technology is now a boon to many in Singapore and around the globe. In this article, we cover the definition of the smart home, what it encompasses, its benefits, and guide you through the many ways to build your very own smart home in Singapore.

Smart Home Beginner’s Guide: What is it?

The Internet of Things has become mainstream and has reached mass adoption amongst homeowners. Synonymous with luxury living, a study by Coldwell Banker revealed that 81% of home buyers were more likely to purchase a house because it had smart devices pre-installed. But what is in these automated spaces that makes it so appealing?

 smart home products Singapore

With the integration of multiple smart connected devices, and possible IoT devices, a smart home is automated and future-ready with products that can be remotely controlled from anywhere in Singapore or the world. With a single app or several, you will be able to control and automate lights, temperatures, and more. If you have a wide variety of tech, a smart home automation system must be managed by a core nucleus – the hub. With an initial investment that is required for the installation of hubs, forward-thinking solution providers such as Near, have made advancements to find alternatives to this smart home product. The Near smart remote works cohesively with Near smart lights that do not require any hubs, allowing users to simply “plug and play”. Together with the Near app, the near smart lights and other compatible products can be automated and voice-activated for homeowners using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

Watch our video here, and set up your link your Near products with Google Assistant.

Benefits of Owning a Smart Home in Singapore

The biggest plus to establishing a smart home automation system in Singapore is the convenience. Smart home technology streamlines home management, allowing you to schedule things, automate, and interact with your smart devices remotely at all times, from any location. With the ability to control devices efficiently, not only is energy conserved, but security is also increased. By activating the “trigger scene” on the Near app, lights can be switched on while you are away to give the illusion of activity in-house. With smart lights such as the Near smart light bulbs offering a full range of white light capabilities, organic illumination can be created, allowing homeowners to constantly personalise their space that appeals to their aesthetic.

Smart Home Beginner’s Guide: Where to Start?

Building a smart home in Singapore requires thorough research, as it is a big investment to make. With the sheer number of smart home products that are flooding the markets, it may be a challenge to weave through them. The best approach is to start with the basics and slowly build upon that foundation.

Smart Home Products Available in Singapore

 smart home products in Singapore

 Smart TVs tend to be the go-to for most beginners trying to get a taste of smart tech. Voice assistants have also become commonplace. Probably “the” device to have democratised smart homes, in 2019, it was estimated that 3.25 billion voice assistants were being used globally. Connected to smart lights like the Near Ceiling Lights that use voice activation technology, full control is offered with a minimal input. With no additional hubs required, lighting can be controlled remotely, increasing convenience and energy conservation.  

Set Up Your Smart Home Automation System with Near Singapore

Once you have decided to build a smart home, there are two ways to go about accomplishing the feat:

  1. Seek the services of companies that offer end-to-end services

For beginners, having professionals install these devices will ensure that your smart home products are seamlessly integrated into your smart home automation system. Near provides end to end services from product consultation to installation, bridging your stand-alone smart lights with other devices, like for example, the Amazon Alexa.

  1. DIY

Start with a good foundation by installing the Near Smart Universal Controller that can be linked to most fans and ACs. Take your first leap and embrace the smart home trend by installing smart lights such as the easy to install Near feature lights.

For more tips on how to build a smart home automation system with Near, read our previous blog here.

 

 

Level Up Your Gaming Setup with These Lighting Ideas

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In recent years, gaming enthusiasts have been turning to RGB lighting kits to create their ideal battle station. These colour-capable LED light strips have been all the craze, providing gamers an opportunity to add some personality to their setup and a unique ambience to the room. When paired with the best gaming gear and ultrawide monitors, these LED lights make the gaming experience more immersive.

Why settle for RGB light strips when Near has LED smart lights fit for any gaming setup? When we hear about smart lighting in Singapore, images of automated lighting that turn on with command or an extensive library of lighting recipes on a smart lighting app that alters light wavelengths come to mind. Not limited to the standard functionality of merely illuminating indoor spaces, smart lighting can be used tactfully to spice up your gaming setup! In this article, we cover the best gaming setup you can build with Near smart lighting technology.

Types of Smart LED Lights for Gaming Setups

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When customising your gaming room, it is essential to consider the types of smart lighting available in Singapore that will aid in the creation of the most aesthetically pleasing PC gaming setup. Using any combination of smart lighting from smart light bulbs to smart LED light strips, will bring an unexpected pop of colour to the space without much redecoration – you will not even have to paint your walls to have it fit your ideal interior colour scheme.

After installing Near lighting in different areas of the room, create a new room on your Near app. In your newly established gaming room, up the ante by creating a colourful theme across your whole gaming setup on the app. Customise your lighting from the 16 million colours, create a group for the similar lighting types, and voila! You will have a smart lighting control system that changes in-sync with one another.

Surrounding Smart Lighting for an Immersive Experience

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For a genuinely immersive experience, add diversity to your gaming ecosystem by installing smart lighting in strategic areas. Smart LED strip lights are a great option to have installed at the back of your desk or monitor. The Smart LED strip light extensions can also be added to trims along your walls for a luminescent glow in the background. Near light bulbs can be used with any E27-based table lamp that adds a nice touch when placed at the sides of your PC or when placed in a creative spot.

Neat trick: Use the Near app to schedule your smart lighting to turn on and off or change colours according to your playing schedule or streaming sessions!

Bias Lighting and its Benefits 

LED lights gaming setup

Seen in many home theatre setups, bias lighting that are in sync with a TV show or movie has gone mainstream. These bias lights can also be added behind your computer screen! Though the Near Smart Strip Kit may look ordinary, it is designed to suit most gaming monitors and display a range of colours that set the perfect mood.

Bias lighting also creates a high contrast viewing that reduces glare, and in turn, reducing eye strain and fatigue. Placing lights behind your monitor screen increases the level of light in your viewing area and the room. Paralleled to what is known as the simultaneous contrast illusion, installing such lighting increases the contrast between the onscreen image with the rest of the room. This contrast not only saves your eyes from fatigue but also makes the image on the screen look better, providing you with a more immersive experience.

Hands-Off Experience

smart home voice control feature for lighting

To remove any form of distraction while in the midst of an immense game, try setting up a smart home with voice control features. By linking Near products to Google Home or Amazon Alexa, you will be able to activate the voice control features. You will no longer have to worry about putting your game on pause, as controlling the lighting while you play will now be possible!

For more ways to use smart lighting to up your home entertainment in Singapore, read our previous blog here.

Rectify Poor Sleeping Habits with Smart Lighting

Rectify Poor Sleeping Habits with Smart Lighting

Believe it or not, Singapore is the third most sleep-deprived country! With work-life taking the driver’s seat, many Singaporeans have poor sleeping habits, functioning on little to none. Being the cornerstone of well-being, mental and physical health, sufficient sleep is vital for optimal health, giving the brain essential time to process information, remove waste products, and even prevent health issues such as depression and high blood pressure. However, many of us trade sleep for work or social activities. This has wreaked havoc on our body’s circadian rhythm and left us searching for quick fixes on how to get better quality sleep.

A study done by the University of Munich’s Institute of Medical Psychology stated that now, more than ever, there is a clash between our body’s need for sleep and the modern-day demands we must live up to. This phenomenon that has disguised itself as a state of normalcy is called ‘social jet lag’. Playing havoc on our biological clocks, ‘social jet lag’ leaves us stuck on a hamster’s wheel of being less efficient at work, working more, and in turn, sleeping less. This is where smart home lighting comes in. But what does smart lighting have to do with our sleeping habits? The latest smart lighting technology embraces synchronicity with the sun, and fixes your sleeping habits – let us see what you can do with Near smart lighting in Singapore and how it can help you to sleep better at night.

1. Wake up with the Sun

Wake up with the Sun

A biological clock in our brains controls our circadian rhythm – bodily changes that are in response to light exposure. Biologically programmed to sync with the sun, exposure to light decreases our melatonin production, a sleep-inducing hormone, spurring us into action. However, with ‘social jet lag’, mistyping sleep as an indulgence, and late nights, buzzing alarms and snooze buttons have become part of our daily morning routine. 

To get better control over your morning routine, try smart LED lights that can be app activated. Schedule a routine on the Near app and automate your Near smart bulb lighting to switch on at a specific time in the morning. This way, your body acclimatises to the finely tuned natural circadian rhythm without the disruption of a shrilling alarm.

2. Drift Off to Sleep

The flipside of your circadian rhythm involves the absence of light. Darkness triggers your body to release a surge of melatonin, lulling you to sleep. Just like the sunset, automate your smart home lighting control system fade to eventual darkness. You could also use the voice control feature and command Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa to turn the lights completely off when in bed. Try it out for yourselves! Have your Near Smart Ceiling lighting slowly dim to a warm hue a few hours before bed, and experience the calm that will envelop you. 

Fun fact: Light therapy, which involves sitting near a source of light, is said to be an effective method in resetting the body clock and regulating sleep patterns. However, such treatment should always be administered by a qualified professional.

Automate your Smart Home Lighting for Better Sleep

From Smart spotlights like the Near Smart MR16 Bulb to feature lights like the Near Orbit, how can Near smart lights in Singapore, help you get better sleep? Near offers a range of lighting solutions, even for one of the biggest aggravators of poor sleeping habits – technology. Many of us set alarms on our cell phones, or scroll through Instagram and Facebook, before falling asleep. But these devices emit blue light that is of the same wavelength as daylight. They trick our bodies into thinking its daytime, inhibiting melatonin production, and in turn, keeping us awake. With the Near app and smart lighting solutions, you will be able to control your smart lights remotely, and ahead of time. When integrated into your smart home lighting control system, even our feature lights will be able to help rectify your sleeping habits. So, wave goodbye to late-night scrolls through social media and embrace a better night’s sleep with Near.

For more information on how Near smart lights in Singapore can help you to sleep better, contact us at (65) 9660 1090, or drop us an email at supprt@near-sg.com.