Do smart lights need WiFi?

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If you’ve recently brought a smart light bulb or light strip, you might want to know – do smart lights need WiFi?

Well, strictly, no. Smart lighting works the same as normal LED lighting without internet connectivity. It still has the same energy-saving qualities. However, most smart lighting also comes with Bluetooth connectivity. This means you can control the lights from your mobile phone even if the Wi-Fi is down.

With internet-connected home appliances all the rage these days, there are a lot of questions surrounding how well these devices work without Wi-Fi. After all, there are bound to be times when modern technology fails you and the internet in your house cuts out. Luckily, smart lights don’t need Wi-Fi to work. So you can rest assured that they will keep going whatever your connection!

Do smart light bulbs need an internet connection?

Smart lights use an internet connection to connect to other devices, such as your phone, laptop or smart home appliances. You can also use the Wi-Fi to connect them to virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. This means you can effortlessly control the color, brightness and time setting of any light, from anywhere in the house.

There are loads of uses for this, from setting certain lights to come on in order to gently wake you up in the morning, to dimming the lights at a party from your phone.

Smart lighting also uses the internet in less direct ways. For example, high-end smart lighting including Philips Hue, which uses the Hue Bridge system to enable away-from-home control. This means you can turn on and adjust lighting, no matter where you are.

However, these features are not essential, and the lights will work fine without them. You can still program lots of smart lighting through Bluetooth – just check the specifications on any product you buy first. Failing this, there is usually an option to change the color and brightness via a remote.

PC Guide Expert Opinion

Smart lighting does not need Wi-Fi to work. However, if you want to unlock some of the cooler features these pieces of smart home tech have to offer, you’ll need a Wi-Fi network.

We’d say to make sure you have an internet connection when setting smart lights up to make the most of them. However, you can rest easy knowing that if your internet cuts out, your smart lights will still work just fine. Overall, that makes them worth the money.

Gloria is a tech and AI writer for PC Guide. She is interested in what new technology means for the future of digital and broadcast journalism.