In this area especially device manufacturers are present, helping the consumer to remotely control devices such as blinds or lamps. The simplest type that is suitable for everyone is a lamp with included remote control which offers various functions, such as dimmability, changing light color, etc. An example of a table lamp is Philips Living Colors. No new cables need to be laid. The remote control makes it possible to change the light from the sofa. Disadvantage: The various remote controls for the approx. 1-8 lights in one room.
Another possibility is to install infrared actuators, which are installed in an existing flush-mounted box. In connection with a control center, e.g. a smartphone or a tablet computer, this actor can then be reached and your’re able to turn the light on and off. Even special programming such as timers or connecting with motion detectors can be done by an app. No cables are necessary here.
There are also battery-powered wall transmitters, which can be placed next to the bed to easily control the light. Companies like Belkin and Logitech are even selling accessories, such as adapters, switches, thermostats, window contacts, etc. which can be controlled all together via a single app. Although this doesn’t control everything in the house, it is a good start for a reasonably adequate budget (depending on the provider) and ensures a little smart home feeling.