Lights could be considered a fairly utilitarian part of a home. They illuminate dark areas and make it easier to find your way from the bedroom to the fridge. But in this automated apartment in Florida, the lights are a crucial part of the decorating scheme, adding splashes of color to the ceilings and walls … and even making a bed appear as if it’s floating in mid air.
The illusions come to life whenever the owner touches an icon on his iPhone. Downloaded with an app from Savant, a manufacturer of high-end home automation hardware and software, the iPhone and iPad serve as the owner’s main mode of commanding the LED rope lighting from Lumiron, as well as a whole-house audio system, motorized shading and multiple entertainment systems.
According to Rafael Vinals, a custom electronics professional at UC Miami, Inc., the Savant app was set up to operate roughly 25 independent zones of LED lighting. Commands from the app are transmitted to a Lutron HomeWorks system, which is responsible for triggering the specific light settings.
Looking at the screen of an iPad, iPhone or a wall-mounted touchpanel, the owner is presented a visual representation of the room, be it the bedroom, living room or some other space. If the owner wants to control elements of the bedroom, for example, the he pulls up the screen that shows an actual photo of his bedroom. From here he can touch the bed, for example, to initiate control of the LED lighting that lines the perimeter of a platform on which the bed sits. He can then select a color: a huge spectrum is available, specified by scenes such as “water” (blue) and “fire” (red). When the lights activate, the bed seems to hover a few inches above the floor.
Complementing the color-coded aesthetics in the bedroom and family room are 7.2 surround-sound systems, each complemented with a wall-mounted flat-panel TV. The speakers, all by Leon, are barely visible, having been custom designed to blend into the wall surface. The built-in speakers in the family room, for example, were trimmed in leather to match the walls and ceiling.
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.