Lighting Design and Integration
Lighting is one of the easiest and most effective ways to create ambiance on any budget. Simply dimming a light can instantly change the mood of a room. The ability to adjust lighting levels has come a long way over the years. You now how your choice of physical dimmers, preselected lighting levels on keypads and the ability to adjust lighting levels via smart devices.
Not only does dimming a fixture look nice, it also uses less electricity which helps the environment and saves you money. Studies have shown that the average human eye cannot distinguish the difference between an LED at 100% verses an LED fixture dimmed to 80%. Considering the fact that lighting counts for 20% of a home owners electric bill, dimming lights can quickly turn into savings.
The ability to preselect a fixture via scenes has increased in popularity. For example, you may want the main lights at 80%, however you might decide you still want your art lights at 100% and would like your book case lights at 50%, by creating a scene you can control all of the lighting in a room, or even in the entire house, at once. You can set them to preselected dimming values, turn them all on, or turn them all off with a single tap. With Savant’s app, you can create your own scenes from your phone or tablet, adding as many different lighting variations as you want.
Using scenes allows for convenient options such as a master lighting off-button which many clients like installed near the bed and home’s exit making both going to sleep and leaving the house as easy as possible. Scenes also integrate lighting with other subsystems. You may want an entertainment scene which dims the lights, lowers the shades, and plays soft music.
when it comes to choosing a lighting control system design, you have 3 options:
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** images above courtesy of Lutron.