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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

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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

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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.

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?

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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

best gaming setup

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.