Smart bulbs are super handy to use around the house as a means to deliver smart lighting without the need to get an electrician into the house to change all of the light switches. While bulbs like E27 are still very common, there is a much larger range of light bulbs on the market depending on the fixture you are using.
Some of the more decorative lights on the market these days will make use of the G9 bulbs or the smaller G7 fittings. These bulbs are considerably smaller than the more traditional bulb sizes and with this decreased size, there are some complications.
G7 bulbs in particular are almost entirely bulb with little space for anything else. Non-smart LED versions of these bulbs can often cause problems because they can be too large to fit inside some of the smaller light fittings that they have been designed for. So what happens when you try to fit some wifi chips and other components inside this bulb in order to make it work with smart devices, well, it needs to get even bigger.
There may eventually be some smart G7 bulbs, perhaps the larger G9 will be seen first but even if they are created, there is a good chance they will not work for a lot of people. Most decorative light fittings are designed with very little space for a bigger bulb. The smart version would simply be too big to fit the space the bulb was designed for.
To further complicate matters, a lot of these light fixtures require multiple bulbs. Having to connect 6 or 8 G7 bulbs to one light fitting may be laggy or cause other network-related issues. All these bulbs requiring wifi connection for one single light in the house. It makes for a lot of IoT clutter.
Can You Get Smart Light Bulbs for Ceiling Lights?
Ceiling lights come in all shapes and sizes. Depending on the design, there is a range of different light bulb fittings that it can use. The answer to this question really depends on the ceiling light that you have. There are smart light bulbs for most of the large bulb sizes, so if your light fixture on the ceiling uses larger bulbs such as E27 or B22, you will have no problem at all using these smart bulbs without having to worry about changing your light switch.
As discussed above, G7 and G9 bulbs are common with ceiling lights and since there are no smart bulbs available for these fitting sizes at the moment, you may have to resort to replacing the light switch on the wall with a smart switch if you hope to use this light over the internet.