Do you ever notice that when you go to your favorite hotel or restaurant, the lighting sets a mood? As a matter of fact, most of the lights in the entire establishment work together to make you “feel” better about being there. Lights don’t just SNAP on and SNAP off; rather, they ramp smoothly to your desired setting.
Automated lighting control systems typically provide the ability to automatically adjust a lighting device’s output based on:
- Chronological time (time of day)
- Astronomical time (sunrise / sunset)
- Occupancy using sensors (which might be the motion detectors your security system is already using in your home)
- Alarm conditions
- Program logic (combination of events)
Light CAN help you!
The major advantage of a lighting control system over stand-alone lighting controls or conventional switches is the ability to control individual lights or groups of lights from a single user interface device.
The ability to control multiple light sources from a user device allows complex lighting scenes to be created. A room may have multiple scenes pre-set, each one created for different activities in the room.
A major benefit of lighting control systems is reduced energy consumption. Longer lamp life is also gained when dimming and switching off lights when not in use. Wireless lighting control systems provide additional benefits including reduced installation costs and increased flexibility over where switches and sensors may be placed.
Automated lighting systems reduce the amount of “wall acne” in your home. Instead of a bank of switches, you can have one, elegant keypad that will control all the lights the switch bank can, and more!