The Best Technology for Interior Designers: Lighting Control
Lighting Design Can Transform the Look and Feel of a Room
Interior design is an art form. It’s no easy task to choose the perfect décor, color scheme, furniture placement, etc. to make a room flow or evoke a certain feeling. Technology is starting to make that task a little bit easier. Smart home devices are changing the game for interior designers, offering new ways to make each room look its best for any given occasion or activity.
One of the best technologies to implement into an interior design plan is lighting control. Keep reading to learn more about how automated lighting can enhance the look and feel of homes throughout the Seattle, Washington area.
The Need for Lighting Control
The amount and quality of light in a room (and where it’s located) can have a big impact on how everything looks. If you want to draw the eye to a portrait or sculpture, you’ll want ample lighting focused on that area. Too much light can make everything appear washed out. Too little light can make a room look dingy.
Up until now, the solution to this challenge was a strategic lighting design that included spotlights around artwork or architecture and lamps that you could turn on or off to adjust brightness as needed. This is a step in the right direction. However, with such a manual process, homeowners often find that getting that perfect lighting is more trouble than it’s worth.
The better approach: lighting control.
An automated lighting system allows you to make every light smart. Subtle technology is connected to every fixture, from overhead lights to individual lamps. Then, from one central management device like a smartphone or tablet, you can adjust the lights as you see fit.
Why It’s Better
While the main advantage for homeowners is the convenience factor, there’s an application of lighting control that’s particularly relevant to interior designers: scenes.
In the same way that you stage a room’s décor, you can stage the best lighting as well. Simply select the brightness levels for each light fixture in the area and save it within the system. Then, when the homeowner walks into the room, the lights can adjust automatically (either by voice command, tapping on the control panel, or via motion sensors).
Here’s the really cool part… you can save different scenes for different purposes. So instead of only having one arrangement for each room, you can select groupings that keep the home looking great at all times.
For example, you might set up a “Good Morning” scene that dims the artificial lights and raises the motorized shades to fill the room with the sun’s natural glow. A “Party” scene could incorporate different hues on LED light strips. A “Dinner” scene would dim the overhead lights and brighten the accent fixtures to create that relaxed, intimate environment.
How to Get Started
To start incorporating technology into your lighting design, you’ll need a skilled smart home automation company to set up the system. Beyond Hi-Fi is Seattle’s go-to company for any home automation needs. We offer both Lutron and Control4 lighting solutions, and we work with interior designers, homeowners, builders, and more to create smart home systems that are effective and incredibly easy to use.
If you’re interested in learning more, give us a call at (425) 998-8008 or fill out this quick online form!