Smart home automation and lighting control systems are indeed high-tech enhancements to any home, but they don’t necessarily have to be high priced or highly complicated. Technology developments, including apps, LED lights and wireless control systems, have evolved a great deal, making lighting control, from the simple to the advance, available to almost anyone.
There was a time, really not very long ago, when any lighting control system beyond a dimmer switch was a luxury purchase. Today most do-it-yourself homeowners can install several rooms of wireless lighting control, plus easy apps to control the scenes, for a few hundred dollars. At the same time, advanced control systems programmed by professionals are available for people who need something special (or who aren’t interested in doing the work themselves).
If you want to read about how far the lighting control market has come, check out this article in the May issue of Electronic House.
One of the biggest developments in recent years has been wireless lighting control with apps and smart home hubs. Lutron, a company that’s been at the forefront of the home automation business, now offers a smart home lighting system that’s available in both professionally-installed and DIY versions. Lutron’s Caseta system not only controls lights, it also can integrate with motorized shades and blinds.
Lighting control is much more than just a convenience for people who don’t want to get off the sofa to adjust a lamp (though that’s a nice benefit too). Lighting control also can be a powerful part of an energy management system and an enhancement to home security. All those benefits are compounded when lighting control is integrated with a whole home automation system. Read more about the benefits of lighting control here.
A lighting control system may include several parts, such as the smart hub or gateway (mention above), smart dimmers and switches, control apps or keypads, controllable outlets, and even whole-house control panels. How in-depth you get with your lighting control system depends on your needs and your budget.
Read this Electronic House article to learn more about the many smart home lighting control options available and how one can be a benefit to you and your family.