September 18, 2019

Have you ever wanted to walk into a room and have the lights turn on automatically?


How about, when no one is moving around in a room for a while, the lighting can turn itself off to save a few bucks on your electric bill?


If you have a finished basement that functions as a “kid hang out” (full of toys, video games, and Legos… oh, the Legos…), you’ve experienced this. You wake up in the morning, and run downstairs to grab the laundry, and low and behold, the lights have been on all night. We have a solution for this frustrating recurrence – CONNECTED LIGHTING.




Connected lighting is a term for lighting solutions that are controlled with a smartphone to provide better control, or create the perfect ambience anywhere in the home. It's a popular purchase and will be many people's first encounter with smart home technology. There are several types of connected lighting, some better than others. In the long run, while it's fun to remotely control your lights with your phone, you'll get more value from a solution that offers real automation, powered by a smart home platform. With, you can have a motion detector sense that a room is empty, and the lights are safe to turn off.


We even have a few different options that provide control of lighting, and some that can help you control ANYTHING that plugs into the wall!

Smart Bulbs
Smart bulbs screw into your existing light sockets and connect wirelessly to your home's network or hub. They're simple to install but have little connectivity with other devices in your home.

Installation: Not rocket science here… it’s a lightbulb! Screw the bulb in to any lamp, recessed lighting fixture and connect to your home network. If you're comfortable configuring devices, installation should be straightforward. If not, be sure to call our customer service team for a comprehensive walkthrough and training on your mobile app.

Smart Outlets
Now we're getting smarter. These devices plug into a wall socket, with a lamp plugged into the device itself. Once you're configured, you can start automating the lamp based on your smart home platform. 

Installation: Smart plugs are smarter because they tend to be part of a system, connected to the Internet and synced directly to your Qolsys IQ Panel 2+. The IQ Outlet can be installed with no tools at all, simply plug in to any socket you’d like to control. Now you can plug in a lamp, MP3 player, or any device you’d like to turn on or off.

Smart Switches
For completely connected lighting, smart switches are the solution of choice. Unlike a smart plug, they can also control your hardwired ceiling lights. They also provide the best aesthetic look: they don't take up a wall socket, and look as good (if not better) than standard light switches. 

Installation: Smart switches are hardwired into your wall like standard light switches, and we recommend having a licensed technician preform the install. This requires expertise with wiring, power and switch configuration, smart switches are best installed by a professional. 

Controlling your lights, and your home has never been more convenient or cost effective. Call today to learn more about protecting and automating your home with American Defense Systems:

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