How to Integrate Smart Lighting Control in Your Home
Invest in a Solution Custom-Designed for Your Family’s Needs
Having greater control of all your lights can have an enormous impact on your home, from reducing your energy bills to enhancing your décor. As you learn more about the technology behind lighting control systems, it’s important that you invest in one designed to meet your family’s unique needs. The way you want to manage your lights or even the rooms you choose to include will help you determine what technology makes the most sense for you. Here we’ve compiled a list of questions you should answer before bringing a smart lighting solution into your Santa Rosa, CA home.
What Do You Want to Get Out of Your Lights?
Everyone has a different reason for being interested in smart lighting systems. Lighting control is so popular precisely because it serves so many functions ranging from security benefits to stylistic preferences. It's important that you let your technology professional know from the start what your priorities are. This will help determine the kind of system that makes the most sense for your home.
How Do You Want to Control Your Lights?
Once your integrator knows what you want out of your system, he can help you figure out the best way to control your lights. You get to decide if you want to use elegant keypads, in-wall dimmers, remotes, touchpads, mobile apps, motion sensors or even voice commands. Most smart lighting solutions will include a combination of these to match your preferences. For example, motion sensors are ideal in home security situations to help you spot intruders as soon as they enter your property. In an entertainment setting, a remote or mobile app option may make more sense.
Do You Want a System for Your Entire Home?
There is a variety of lighting control options on the market from smart bulbs to full-home solutions. For this reason, you need to know during the planning phase what scope you expect your system to have. If you want smart control spanning all your indoor spaces and landscape lighting, then a whole-home wired system would make the most sense. If you only want to adjust the lights in your bedroom or media room, then you may want to stick with a smart bulb or dimmer.
What Custom Scenes Should You Include?
One of the benefits of a lighting control system is the ability to create quick scenes that pull up your personal preferences at the press of a button. During your installation, work with your custom integrator to figure out which scenes you want to include. While you can add your own in the future, you should have some pre-set ones set up when your system is first installed. Program a "Wake Up" scene that opens the shades and turns on the lights when it's time to get up and a "Good Night" one that turns off all the lights when you go to bed.
All of our lighting control installations begin with a thorough consultation so we can get to know you and your needs better. To get started, reach out on our live chat or fill out our online contact form.