The Internet can be a great resource, but that doesn’t mean the information on the web is always accurate.
There has been a lot written recently about the topic of smart homes, smart grids and other technologies that are designed to enhance the lives of homeowners. For example, it has been stated that smart solutions are not quite ready for mass consumption, and that total home control and automation is still a niche within the electronics and AV industry.
Broad statements like this couldn’t be further from the truth. Smart home technologies are not only widely available, they are easy to use, and also in many cases easy to install and affordable.
Looking specifically at the lighting control category, there are many solutions available to homeowners, including Lutron’s Caséta:® Wireless line of products, which includes, switches and dimmers, lamp dimmers, remote controls, as well as control of shades and even thermostats.
Arguably, the biggest advancement within the lighting control category is that now homeowners can control these solutions with their Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple Watch) and Android tablets and phones. Using smart devices provides a convenient way for homeowners to access preset user settings, as well as other controls to complement any number of daily activities ranging from morning wakeup and late-night movie watching, to cooking dinner or controlling your lights while away.
The Truth about Lighting Control
With those inaccuracies cleared up, homeowners can now evaluate whether or not they are ready for lighting control. Whether it’s a single wall dimmer, multiple controls in a room or a complete home system, managing the amount and quality of your light can help save energy and enhance your home environment.
Here are five ways lighting control can benefits today’s homeowner:
- Lighting control system can allow homeowners to easily manage the lights throughout their home using wireless controllers or wall-mounted keypads. Occupancy sensors can be used to save energy by automatically turning off lights when the space is left unoccupied.
- On average, today’s modern dimmers reduce energy consumption by about 20 percent. Tip: Don’t forget to check the dimmer instructions to make sure it can control incandescent, compact fluorescent, halogen, and/or LED dimmable bulbs.
- By personalizing a lighting system homeowners can enhance daily life activities based on specific applications, such as lighting a safe pathway into the home from the car or by dimming the lights to the perfect level for entertaining guests.
- Dimmers can extend bulb life up to 20 times longer than when used in place of a typical light switch.
- Combining light control with shade control enables homeowners to harvest daylight to reduce the load on their HVAC systems and minimize the need for electric light.