An integral part of the movie theater experience is the ambient lighting in the room that slowly dims as the movie is about to start. In your home theater, dimming the lights usually means simply turning them off using the wall switch and then returning to your seat. Home theater system experts are starting to include more sophisticated lighting scheme technology in home theater rooms. These rooms sport a variety of light fixtures such as mood lights, track lights, floor lights and wall sconces. No matter what kind of lights you have in your home theater, you can centralize all of the different lighting and control them all from a single remote. Companies like Control4 offer affordable, easy-to-install and easy-to-use solutions that make home-theater lighting control extremely simple.
To do this, you configure the lighting scheme to operate from a central mechanism called a controller. The controller is integrated with all of the home theater components which can interact with all other devices in the room. To control the lights or any other theater component, you select configuration options that appear in a menu on the screen. This lets you control every light and theater component from one remote. For example, you might want to leave the floor lighting slightly illuminated so you don’t have to stumble around in the dark if you need to leave the room. Another option is to configure the lights to come on if you pause or stop the movie and then automatically go off when you start it again. By using an intuitive menu on the remote, you can operate the lights without having to get up and find the wall switch.
Unlike most other products, Control4 solutions provide this type of lighting composition without requiring additional wiring or room modifications because the light control system is retrofitted to function with the existing room lights. The lighting system then employs a smart dimmer which replaces the wall switches and a wireless module to plug-in any lamps that are in the room.
Lighting control installations are just as easy with newly constructed homes. The electricians wire the home the same way they would any other home. The smart-lighting system technicians integrate the lighting control switches and controller after the theater components are installed and configured and the home is complete.
After the lighting controller is installed, you can choose to control the lights anyway you want. The controller lets you select a lighting configuration using one of two methods. You can either use the menu on the theater screen or a small display screen on the remote. Either way, all communication between the theater components and the lights pass through the controller.
Control4 solutions are easily scalable so you can add more functions over time. The options you have with your home theater lighting can also expand to the other rooms in your house. For example, you can choose to have select house lights come on at varied times throughout the day while you are on vacation. You can also choose to regulate the amount of light you use in certain rooms depending on the time of day or time of year.
The ability to control your home theater’s ambient lighting from a single remote can enhance your movie viewing experience. It’s refreshing to be able to adjust or turn down the room lights without having to leave the comfort of your theater chair. You can just as easily turn up the lights during or after the movie by pressing a single button.