Lighting Control: Convenience, Style & Safety
Recent advances in lighting control take it well beyond the simple ability to dim lights. Today occupancy sensors, motion & light detectors, and scene setting technology make lighting control among the most adaptable and broadly useful of all smart home features.
Here are some of the ways it can improve your life:
- Save Energy. Dimming the lights when full power isn’t needed saves energy and money. Use occupancy sensors to turn lights on automatically when needed, and off after everyone has left the room.
- Enhance Security. Use motion detectors, timers, and photo-cells to control exterior lighting for safety and security. Deter burglars by automatically varying interior and exterior lights when away from home.
- Safety and Convenience. Use motion-triggered low-level lighting to softly illuminate the night-time pathway from bed to bathroom. Go safely without waking up your partner. Or use it to automatically light the grocery run from garage to kitchen—very convenient when your hands are full.
- Create Room Scenes. Entertainment…reading…a little romance? Call up multi-light settings, pre-adjusted for just the right task or mood, room-by-room.
- Aesthetic Lighting. Automatically highlight an important picture, architectural feature, or garden view, when and where you want.
- Improve Functionality. Optimize work-light illumination for critical tasks.
- Special Needs. Elderly or special needs household members? Improve their safety, create remote night-time supervision—and reduce anxiety for everyone.
Lighting control can be used to target one or a few critical lights, or can include an entire home. In new construction, systems can be planned and installed using regular 110 volt wiring. For existing homes, wireless systems allow easy retrofit.
Warning: Most first-time users install lighting control for a few critical circuits (typically the midnight bathroom run, garage to kitchen, and dimming the lights for a home movie evening), then find additional applications that save time effort, and energy—every day. Once you’ve tried lighting control, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. See Versatile Lighting Control (coming soon).