My mother is what is commonly called a late adopter. To this day, she reads the daily newspaper in print, listens to linear radio, and even subscribes to a program guide - something I can't believe as a streaming fan. She doesn't have a single social media account, you can't reach her via WhatsApp or Messenger either, you have to call her landline, and while she's certainly handy with the internet, she hardly ever does. She's not really old-fashioned, but has a very modern view of the world. She simply doesn't see the appeal of digital.
That changed abruptly last weekend: I installed several smart LED light bulbs from Chuango in various lamps in my living room, and was able to really show them off while drinking coffee together.
As it started to get darker, I said "Hang on a sec, let me brighten it up quick.", and pulled out the smartphone. Quickly opened the DreamCatcher Life app, selected the first lamp and set the brightness to 70 percent. Then select the second lamp in the corner and increase the brightness a bit here, too.
Mom is amazed - "How do you do that?" - "It's easy," I say, and because I want to show off a bit, I quickly change the light color to "Comfort" so that the room is bathed in a wonderfully cozy orange-pink light. "I can set any color I want here. Even light changing effects or a wake-up light, I have that programmed in the bedroom!"
And then what I would never have expected to happen with my mom happens: "Let me see!" she says, reaching out for my smartphone, "I want to try this out, too!" No sooner said than done: first she tries out various presets - she thinks forest mood and spring are beautiful - then it's on to the free color selection. Millions of shades can be set on the Chuango bulbs, and she is completely blown away by how easy the lights are to operate. "That would be something for our home, too!" she says cheerfully, and I can't help laughing. Mom, of all people, wants to install smart lights! But it's really perfect for differently lit reading corners, workstations and the big dining table, I agree.
We order several bulbs right away, and make a plan: we won't tell Dad for now. We'll install the bulbs together (although I'm sure she could do it on her own!), and then she can surprise him by doing the same trick while we're watching crime movies together: "I'll just make the light brighter!"
"He'll make eyes!" my mom says, laughing.