As smart home automation grows more popular, one technology in particular is consistently in the spotlight: lighting control. As I speak with homeowners throughout Bellevue, Washington about smart lighting, the question I hear over and over again is “what’s going to be different?”
The short answer? A lot!
The slightly longer answer is that home lighting control technology is incredibly versatile, so you have many different choices about how your system is set up and what it’s designed to accomplish. So let’s take a deeper look at some of those options…
Lighting plays a big role in making your home look its best. Poor lighting does little to accentuate artwork, furnishings, or architectural finishes.
The challenge is that adding more light isn’t always the answer. It’s about finding the perfect mix of natural and artificial light for each occasion and room. A Control4 or Lutron lighting control system does that automatically.
This guide goes more in-depth into how smart lighting improves the look of homes:
Turning the lights on or off isn’t something particularly difficult, but depending on what’s going on, it is something that could be inconvenient.
When you’re reading a book in the evening and the sun starts setting, it’s incredibly convenient to press a button on your smartphone to have the room brighten instantly.
And when you’re getting ready to host some friends or family, imagine telling your Amazon Echo to set the scene for a party, then have the lights throughout every room adjust without you having to lift a finger.
Or how about having pathway lights in the hallway leading from your bedroom to the kitchen light up automatically as you grab a glass of water at night?
These minor changes to your everyday lifestyle all culminate in one thing: more convenience for you and your family.
If you, like many homeowners, are guilty of leaving lights on in unused rooms, a smart lighting control system can be an excellent way to cut down on unnecessary energy usage. The system can use occupancy sensors to keep track of which rooms need lighting, then dim the lights automatically in rooms that don’t need them at that time.
Another big area of energy waste is running the lights at maximum brightness. Especially on days when the sun’s natural light offers ample brightness for a room, there’s no reason to have all the lights on in a room.
That’s where dimmers come in handy. Your smart lighting system can monitor how much light is in the room at any given time, then dim the artificial lights or even open the window shades automatically to keep each room at just the perfect lighting levels while simultaneously keeping energy bills low.
These aren’t the only advantages to having a lighting system! If you have a specific goal in mind that you think lighting control technology could help with (stronger home security, keeping indoor plants healthy, etc.), then please give us a call at (425) 998-8008.
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