With the big game coming up in a few weeks, it’s time to do a little party planning. You research the perfect chips, dips, and even comfy seating. But what type of lighting scheme are you going to have? This can be a crucial element to any party, especially one for the biggest sporting event of the year.
That’s because lighting can have a real effect on how you watch TV. Too much lighting can wash out that big screen or even blind guests. Not enough lighting will have friends and family stumbling to the snack areas, couches, and restrooms. This sounds like the perfect time and reason to add smart lighting into the home.
Think your famous bean dip will conjure up ooohs and aaahs from that crowd? Imagine the response you’d get with a smart lighting system. With one click, you can dim sconces, trigger illuminated pathways, and even bring up colored lights to support your favorite team-all at the touch of a button from anywhere in the room.
Having a smart lighting system also adds in options for lighting scenes. This is a popular feature because it can tie several different lights and other smart devices into one button, as well as trigger specific dimming levels. For instance, one button can drop the shades and pull up stadium-style lighting for a more authentic game-day experience (and without the sub-zero temperatures).
If you think that adding a smart lighting system isn’t something you’ll be able to squeeze into your busy schedule between now and the coin toss, you’d be wrong. Installing Lutron’s Caséta Wireless System takes less time than it would to make chili. Just plug the Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge into your existing router, download Lutron’s free iOS/Android app, and add in-wall and plug-in dimmers to the areas where you want smart lighting in the home. Lutron’s ClearConnect Wireless technology can send wireless, radio frequency (RF) communication signals to those compatible dimmers and other devices. This makes it easy to have smart lighting pretty much anywhere you want it!
Besides creating the perfect party atmosphere, smart lighting is convenient before and after the event is over. You can use one button to trigger lights on outdoor walkways and by the front door, with a second button guiding guests to the indoor exits when it’s time to leave. After that long evening, you may climb into bed without shutting off indoor or outdoor lights. Use your smartphone, tablet or a remote to take care of those lights, all without having to don bunny slippers.
Lutron’s Caséta Wireless System also works with Apple HomeKit, so you can tell Siri to do the dirty work, and have the virtual assistant respond accordingly. HomeKit support also means that you can combine Lutron lighting and shade controls with thermostats, smart locks, and much more.
Plan for smart lighting now and it will be a real “kick” to friends, family, and anyone else that comes into the house. Whether you opt for a hardwired system, wireless, or a combination of the two, there are plenty of ways to add smart lighting all over the house-to enjoy your home well beyond the day of the big game.
It all starts with a dimmer. But the possibilities are endless.