As nights get longer, the ‘smart’ choice is to make optimal use of light

Brandon Fraire, North Georgia retail manager   |   Friday, December 21, 2018

Daylight, even sunshine, is in short supply, but how do you beat the winter blues? Thanks to the Internet of Things and smart home technology, we have a ton of automated systems at our fingertips that can make things brighter for us this winter.

Read on to check out our list of the top connected devices that can help light up your night.


A Philips Hue lighting system is a fairly simple way to introduce smart home systems to your humble abode. The line of color changing LED lights (and plain whites) can be controlled with any smartphone device.

Rise and Shine

For those mornings when you just can't seem to get out of bed on time, try Wemo light switches. These switches connect to your existing Wi-Fi network without any hub and can work the lights (or ceiling fans) directly from the app.

Security when you’re away

If you don’t care that much about colors or even automation, consider security. One of the best ways to ward off suspicious types is to light your home with exterior and interior lights. Caseta by Lutron smart lights, controlled by your “old school” remote control, by app or by voice, are great when you are leaving your home. It has a feature that randomly turns lights on and off when you’re not home to recreate the appearance of activity!

A new dawn (and price point)

So what do you have to do to get yourself into smart lights? As you might’ve guessed, they’re more expensive than old incandescents. They start at about $16-$20 a bulb (which requires a start-up investment for a hub) or about $40 for a Wi-Fi light switch.

Internet service today is what electricity to a home was a century ago. It’s something we all need. To ensure your home smart devices run seamlessly and smoothly, we suggest having bandwidth speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps).

While it may already be chilly outside, winter is right around the corner. Today, actually! Make sure you’re ready for it to get dark outside by making sure your home is bright and cheery on the inside.

Brandon Fraire is the retail manager of Canton, Dahlonega, and Dalton, Georgia, where he handles customer experience, operations, and community involvement. He is an avid smart home device user and owns more than 20 smart home devices. Brandon even uses smart lights to light up his home aquarium. Windstream employees more than 1,200 local community members in Georgia.