Lights, Camera, Home Automation! - What is Lighting Control?
Lighting is an important part of the home. Good lighting provides security and ambience in equal measure and can transform a house into a home. At Design Innovation, we have mastered the art of lighting control to create smart lighting that can be used to set the mood for dinner parties or movie nights with the family, act as a deterrent to would-be criminals, and help reduce your energy costs. Allow us to enlighten you and show how our home automation can add to the way you live, work, and play.
Indoor lighting control can transform a room. Bright light perks up a home office and energises you. Soft dining room lighting adds romanticism to date night at home, and colourful programmable lights can turn your entertainment room into your very own disco. What’s more, with our technology you can schedule lighting for specific times and rooms, giving you the power to create living spaces tailored to your lifestyle, all at the touch of a button.
Detail lighting, remote control, automated lighting sequences, and smart lighting that replicates your habits when you’re away on holiday provide incredible versatility to something many of us take for granted. We simplify the whole process by connecting your lighting to a centralised “server” that can be accessed by universal controllers and smart devices. Here are a few ways we can improve your home with bespoke automated lighting solutions.
Set the Scene
Scenes are an empowering feature of Home Automation. . Scenes combine lighting, curtains, blinds, music, heating, and any other element of your Home Automation system to create bespoke scenarios.
Just imagine; you wake up on a Sunday morning to curtains that ease open, allowing warm sunlight to wake you naturally. Your smart speakers start gently playing your favourite radio station or artist as you wake. As you walk to your kitchen the speakers follow you, turning off and on as you walk into different rooms. Your kitchen is bathed in a gentle glow as your coffee machine whirs into life. You grab a steaming cup of coffee, scroll through the news of the day and enjoy your favourite tunes, all with the touch of a button.
This is just the start with scenes. Scenes allow you to enhance your environment and tailor rooms to your needs. You can even create multiple scenes in a room, to fit specific times of year, occasions, or purposes.
Live, Work, and Play
Light and colour have a significant effect on circadian rhythms and cognition. Light, in particular, is key to keeping your sleep patterns stabilised and can even reduce the instances of depressive episodes and improve your cognitive performance. The thought process is that when placed in a new environment your body matches the light and surroundings to something from memory. So for example, if you’re working in a dark office you may find yourself feeling sluggish while a bright bedroom may make it tricky to fall asleep.
Our lighting solutions can transform rooms to fit your cycles and habits. If you work early or late, create light scenes that fit your working hours. If you are struggling to get to sleep, then timed lighting that automatically dims down as the evening progresses can help your body transition to a restful state.
Using lights only as and when you need them can also benefit the environment and reduce your energy costs. This improves not only your energy usage but also gives you peace of mind that you are doing what you can to protect the planet.
Outdoor lighting is just as important as indoor lighting. Whether for security, entertainment, aesthetics, or all of the above, automating your outdoor lighting is a must. For security, lighting can improve areas for CCTV visibility, light up dark alleys, and can be triggered by motion sensors. If you enjoy entertaining guests, then outdoor lighting allows you to party long into the night with soft garden lighting, ideal for barbecues, picnics, and pool parties. The potential for outdoor lighting application is astounding! Here are a few more ways it can transform your home.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Outdoor lighting can transform a tired garden into a wonderful space for entertaining. Lighting around an outdoor bar, swimming pool, hot tub, pergola, or any other garden feature means you can enjoy your outdoor spaces after dark.
Your garden is just as important a space as the indoors. Make sure you get the most out of your property with advanced lighting that can be controlled at the touch of a button. Theming lights to turn your back garden into a magical garden with rich, vibrant colours is a great way to transform a space. With smart outdoor lighting, you can even theme your garden for specific occasions like Christmas, Halloween, and birthdays.
Protect your Property
Security is an added benefit of outdoor lighting. Whether to light up areas like swimming pools in case you have little ones or to keep an eye out for burglars, keeping your exterior spaces well-lit is key to home safety.
Working alongside, CCTV and motion-detecting sensors, you can improve safety by connecting external lights to ‘welcome home’ lighting scenes. These settings can illuminate your property as you get home so you don’t need to worry about fumbling in the dark for keys. Your outdoor lighting can also be sequenced to mimic your activities so even if you’re not around you can simulate occupancy to deter criminals.
As you can see there are plenty of bright ideas when it comes to smart lighting control. If you’re interested in finding out how easy it is to update your home or want to update your lighting to modern standards then contact us today. We’re here to help you improve your home with cutting-edge lighting systems.