The light bulb industry has come a long long way since Thomas Edison was credited with inventing the lightbulb.

Thanks to the development of LED and other high-efficiency lighting solutions, the number of ways for you to light up your life is limited only by your imagination and available power sources (or willingness to charge high-capacity batteries). And in addition to saving money (in the long run), utilizing the newest innovations in smart lights can actually improve creativity and productivity.

A Bright Idea

Light matters quite a bit when it comes to how we view the world. In fact, when it comes right down to it, light is absolutely necessary for us to even see. As such, it makes common sense that how an environment is lit can impact a person’s mood. Along those lines, the newest smart lights not only offer such features as app control and dimmability, but a single bulb can produce light in a wide variety of colors.

And if you’re wondering, “what adult needs colorful light bulbs?” the answer might surprise you, as you probably need them yourself (but please keep that lava lamp in storage and out of the office). A recent writeup on Entrepreneur.com explains that different colors of light can help put you in the mood to work, relax, or party. White and blue are ideal for creativity and working, while green is perfect for relaxing after work ... and, as you probably guessed, red is perfect for the tiny windowless conference room you make opposing counsel sit in while waiting for you.

Burning the Lightbulb From Both Ends

Although the cost of these fancy, new and colorful smart lights may seem prohibitive, or just wasteful, depending on how smart the features are, you may be able to not only recognize long term cost savings, but also productivity gains which more than make up for the initial cost.

If enabled, some smart lights come with the ability to track usage, which might be the next big metric for law firms to track. And though it might not be as effective in motivating employees to work hard as security cameras trained upon them, it could potentially have the same effect if employees are aware that management can easily review how long the lights have been on in an individual office.