Do Smart Lights Slow Down WiFi?

A question that must have popped up in your mind at some time. Do smart lights slow down WIFI? You won’t believe how frequently we are asked this question on various platforms.

So today, we have decided to end this debate through this explanatory guide.

Slowing Down the Network 

In simple words, no evidence proves the involvement of a smart light bulb in slowing down the WIFI. But remember that we are emphasizing the use of ‘one smart bulb only.’ Using multiple smart bulbs may not affect the WIFI speed but the network distribution.

It’s a part of human psychology. Most new smart light bulb users believe the slowed-down WIFI is because of the newly installed. But in reality, the ISP is the main culprit here if you frequently face this issue.

How much Data is used by a Smart Light?

Today, there is no fixed value representing that a smart LED light uses this much data on average. There can’t be a parameter to measure all of this as each bulb’s load and working span may vary.

Think about this: you place a bulb in your study room and the other one near the outside entrance. Now, the one at the main entrance will be more in use than the one in the library.

Also, smart bulbs don’t consume much WIFI data and operate quite efficiently.

Avoiding the Network Disruption

But what happens when you use multiple smart light bulbs, all connected to the same WIFI? In that case, the network may start to fluctuate, causing disruption. This sort of disruption won’t affect the WIFI speed. Instead, the main factor that will be degraded in all of this will be the WIFI connectivity.

Like many other such issues, connectivity problems can also be avoided by following simple steps that come with a solution. No need to get all sorts of technical help, guys. You can easily try out any of the below-given solutions and get the connectivity sorted out.

  • Use a Hub

More and more smart light users around the globe are switching to hub use. Think about the hub as a control center. Now, what can be the possible role of a control center for smart light? Simple, connecting everything and providing a pathway to control everything connected through the center.

Sounds a bit technical? Well, the main role of a hub is to act as a third party between your mobile phone and the smart light. When you generate a signal through the smartphone, it will get to the hub, amplifying the signal to overcome any connectivity issue and send it to the targeted smart light.

  • Use Alexa/Siri/Google home automation modules.

A home automation device can provide exceptional assistance to overcome smart lights and WIFI working issues. People usually confuse a home automation device with a hub. But both of these technologies are quite different from one another.

The hubs are responsible for overcoming the connectivity issues of smart lights. On the other hand, home automation devices are powered by the manufacturer to practically automate the house. Appliances control, voice command, etc. These are some features that usually come with a credible home automation module.

  • Intelligent Power Distribution 

Last but not least, this one is for users who know how electronics work. Each smart light bulb requires a certain amount of power to work. If the power distribution is done so that the bulb won’t get the required operational power, the WIFI will be disrupted.

But why? Think about it, the bulb’s operational voltage is 5V DC. The power distribution schematics allow the bulb to get a 4.5V DC voltage value. Now, the WIFI will be the only external interference source, and the bulb will start to disrupt the WIFI connectivity to complete its operational voltage rating.

What if the WIFI not working with Smart Light?

Well, if you suggest that the WIFI is not working with smart lights, there can be only two reasons. First, there is a connectivity issue within the WIFI router. In that case, call your ISP and get it checked.

Second, the bulb may not be getting the minimum operational power. The WIFI-operated smart lights only depend on the WIFI for taking signals from the user end. These lights do require some amount of power to work efficiently.

Mobile App vs. Smart Lights Hub

Another point that is frequently raised before us. Which one is better, the mobile app or the hub of the smart light? The main reason behind this comparison is that smart hubs cost more than smart light mobile apps. Most users believe they are doing the same thing and don’t think it is wise to pay extra.

But in reality, guys, the use of either a mobile app or a smart light hub depends upon the user. Suppose you have multiple smart lights that are at a considerable distance from one another. It is better to use a smart light hub as it will overcome the connectivity issue quite easily.

Expert Opinion

  • Before winding this all up, we will like to give you an insight into what experts have to say about this matter. Do smart lights slow down WIFI? There is no possible evidence that proves WIFI speed has something to do with the smart lights.
  • So why is the WIFI not working properly since I have got smart lights in my house? Well, this is because of the fact that a large number of bulbs can cause disruption in the WIFI connectivity, which may feel like affecting the WIFI working in the first place.
  • Will getting a smart light control hub to be a good idea? Again, this depends upon the number of smart lights you have and in which orientation they are installed. But usually, it will be quite beneficial and efficient to install a smart light control hub than relying on the mobile app alone.

Final Note

So, we do hope that you know the answer to ‘Do smart lights slow down WIFI?’ It is great that you are concerned so much about the overall working model of appliances within your house.

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