NDIS Participants’ Guide to Smart Lighting

Think of how many times you switch on and off lights, daily. It’s a simple task, unless you’re an individual facing challenges through disability. Traditional lighting still requires manual interaction. However, with the introduction of smart lighting, the narrative is changing, which is especially useful for NDIS participants. This technology is reshaping how we control and experience lighting at home.

Imagine adjusting your lights without ever reaching for a switch or getting up from your chair. Whether it’s by voice command through a home assistant or a simple tap on a smartphone, smart lighting provides increased convenience and adaptability for individuals with disabilities. If you’re considering making your living space more accessible or simply curious about how smart lighting can be tailored to your needs, this article is designed to inform you.

What is smart lighting? 

Traditional lighting is basic: you flip a switch, and the light turns on or off. It’s all manual and requires physical interaction. Smart lighting, on the other hand, is tech-savvy. You control it with your smartphone, smart watch, computer or tablet, from anywhere. It can be programmed to work on a clock schedule or set it to change according to the level of light in the environment. Brightness can be adjusted to suit your mood or time of the day. 

Smart lighting offers more flexibility and convenience than we’ve ever had before.

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Your options when installing smart lighting

Generally when people talk about smart lighting they are referring to installing smart light bulbs. With a smart light bulb you have complete control of that bulb. Through the app or a voice command (if you have a smart home assistant) you can turn it on and off, change the colour, adjust dimness without needing a dimmer switch. 

The other option is installing a smart switch. It’s exactly the same as a traditional switch on the wall but now control is possible through the app or voice command.

Either option delivers improved convenience. No need to physically move to switch lights on and off. Technology gives you control to manage your lighting no matter where you are.

The best choice depends on your specific situation and preferences. We’ll discuss this in detail during your free consultation, where we’ll work together to find the optimal solution for you.

How does smart lighting improve home life for NDIS participants?

The core of smart home technology is its adaptability to the individual needs of its users. Smart lighting systems epitomise this, offering personalised solutions that can significantly simplify home living for people with disabilities. Let’s look at a number of applications of smart lighting delivering convenience and safety in the home of an NDIS participant.

  • Switch all lights on & off from anywhere:

With smart lighting, the days of manually switching lights on and off are over. Simply use a voice command or a tap on your smartphone app to control all your lighting effortlessly. This technology eliminates the need to physically navigate from one light switch to another, removing a common source of frustration and risk, especially for those with mobility or vision impairments. Smart lighting streamlines everyday tasks, making it easier and safer to manage your home environment.

  • Program night lights for safety:

Program your bathroom lights to automatically illuminate at a soft glow during the night. This setting ensures that if you need to use the bathroom while it’s dark, the gentle lighting significantly enhances safety by reducing the risk of trips or falls as you move around. It also prevents any harsh disruption to your sleep, making it easier to fall back to sleep afterwards. A thoughtful adjustment, prioritising both safety and health in your nighttime routine.

  • Secure your vacant house with light simulation:

When you’re away from home, whether for a few days or a longer period, you can set your smart lights to turn on and off at scheduled intervals or randomly in different rooms. This creates the appearance of someone being present, helping deter potential burglars. It’s a feature that offers you peace of mind, knowing that your home appears occupied and less vulnerable to break-ins while you’re away.

 

How an NDIS participant can benefit from the automation of smart lighting 

Smart lights offer a variety of programming options designed to make life easier and safer for individuals with disabilities living at home. Here are some ways to take advantage of this automation feature.

  • Automatically turn on lights at night time in high-traffic areas like the hallway and bathroom.
  • Set the lights to turn on in the morning when the alarm goes off. 
  • When away, schedule the lights to switch on and off to give the appearance of an occupied house.
  • Program the lights in specific areas to turn off automatically at a set time every night, removing the need for manual operation and delivering cost savings.external lights being controlled by smart lighting installed by smarter homes australia


The impact of smart lighting on specific NDIS participants

For individuals with disabilities, smart lighting can enhance accessibility, independence, and safety within their living environments. Here are several ways smart lighting can assist specific disabilities and challenges:

Mobility Impaired: 

  • Smart lights can be paired with motion sensors to automatically illuminate areas as a person moves through their home, particularly useful for those with limited mobility or balance issues. This hands-free approach ensures pathways are always well-lit, reducing the risk of trips and falls, especially during the night. Or for those living with conditions like Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or arthritis, where using traditional light switches is a challenge, voice-controlled smart lighting can be a game-changer. By integrating with smart home assistants, users can easily control lighting without having to physically reach for switches, enabling independence in managing their environment.

 

Visually Impaired: 

  • People with visual impairments or specific light sensitivity can benefit from customisable lighting scenes that adjust both brightness and colour temperature to suit their needs. For example, someone with low vision might require high-contrast lighting to navigate their home safely, while others might need softer lighting to avoid migraines triggered by bright lights. Adjusting the light level is easy when smart lights are in place.

 

Hearing Impaired:

  • For individuals with hearing impairments, the advantages of installing smart lighting may not be immediately apparent. However, when integrated with other smart devices, like a video doorbell, smart lighting can be extremely helpful. When someone rings the digital doorbell, rather than a sound being emitted, the lights can be programmed to flash in a specific pattern, alerting the occupant to the arrival of the guest.
    Of course all the other convenience and safety benefits of smart lighting equally apply to individuals with hearing challenges. 


Cognitive and Neurological Disabilities:

  • Individuals with cognitive disabilities or memory issues benefit from smart lights in the same ways all individuals do, convenience, safety and energy efficiency. But where they can really be of assistance is to those who need constant reminders throughout the day to help with daily tasks. One such important time of the day is bedtime. As bedtime approaches smart lights can be programmed to dim, acting as a visual signal to the individual that its time to call it a day and prepare for sleep.


Smart lighting brings peace of mind for the carer of NDIS participants

A well-illuminated house is a safe house. It’s a huge relief when you know your patient or family member is living in a house where the pathways are clearly visible, all rooms are sufficiently lit at night and during the day, and money isn’t being wasted with lights being left on unnecessarily. With the help of technology, this is a possibility. Even when the carer is not around, lights can be managed remotely by anyone, with access through the smart lighting app.

Integration with other assistive technologies for greater convenience to the NDIS participant

Smart lighting can be part of a broader home automation system, integrating with other devices such as video camera doorbells, home security cameras, or your smart garage and gate opener.

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Here are some of the ways we have set up a fully integrated smart environment, adding convenience and safety to the lives of those with disabilities:

  • Have the entrance lights switch on automatically when you unlock your garage door via the smartphone app.
  • Activate your outdoor lights if your home security camera spots movement.
  • Set a rule to turn off all indoor lights when you set your security system to “armed” using your smartphone.
  • Implement a series of actions that occur when you lock your digital door lock, including turning off the lights and activating your home security system.
  • Link activity with your video camera doorbell and program your smart lighting to flash, announcing a guest arrival at the door.

 

The Smarter Homes Australia commitment to enhancing lives of NDIS participants 

At Smarter Homes Australia, we’re committed to leveraging smart home technology to enhance the lives of NDIS participants, promoting autonomy and safety within their own homes. We’ve witnessed the significant benefits that assistive technology, such as smart lighting, can provide. 

Our team is ready to assist you in choosing the right smart lighting that aligns with your home environment and individual requirements. Whether you want smart bulbs or smart switches or are undecided, we’ll work together to present the options to help with your decision process. Our goal is to understand your specific needs and develop an affordable solution designed especially for you. 

Contact us to schedule your free quote and take the first step towards a more accessible, secure, smart lit and independent living environment for you or your person under care. 

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Smart lighting for NDIS participants FAQs

  • Do you work with NDIS participants?

Yes we do, all the time. Refer to our specific guide to NDIS participants for more information.

  • Will the NDIS cover my Assistive Living and Home Assistant installations?

This is a question best suited for your Plan Manager, Support Coordinator or OT. NDIS plans can significantly differ person to person and we cannot state whether or not these technologies will be covered directly by the NDIS.

  • Will Smart Lighting work without a home assistant?

Absolutely, the goal of the home assistant is to offer voice control and more flexibility in setting up the automations in your home. We highly recommend a home assistant such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa for our NDIS clients.

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