Sophisticated Library Includes Hidden Lighting Controls

Lighting keypad goes undetected when installed in the spine of a book


When the walls of your home are as much of a design element as the artwork or the furniture, it hurts to carve into them for the sake of a switch or a keypad. Faced with this dilemma, the owners of this Mahogany-paneled den, along with their builder and custom electronics (CE) professional, devised a clever plan. Building code mandated that some type of light switch or keypad be installed in the room, but instead of mounting a Lutron keypad to the wall, why not put it on the bookshelf instead? Better yet, why not conceal it within the spine of a book?

Installed there by Performance Imaging, Stamford, Conn., the Lutron Architrave keypad goes virtually undetected. But it’s affect on the room is meant to be noticed. Each custom-engraved button launches a specific lighting scene where individual fixtures brighten and dim to preset levels to create a unique ambiance for the room. There are also buttons on the “book pad” that command the Lutron motorized window shades to open and close.

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Also cleverly hidden in this lustrous space is a 46-inch Samsung LED TV. Again, in an attempt to preserve the woodwork and architecture as the showpiece of the room, the display was installed into a niche above the fireplace and covered with a panel that fits seamlessly with the rest of the wall. The owners simply open dual-hinged panels to reveal the TV.

A Crestron MTX-3 Mini LCD Wireless Remote controls the TV, a Samsung Blu-ray Disc player and a satellite receiver, both of which are hidden away in a nearby storage room.

In addition to the Architrave keypad, the bookshelf also provides a good spot for the two Snell Acoustics speakers that deliver music to the room.


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