Smart Lighting Control for Today's Connected Home

As a contractor, you have the ability to offer residential customers the
 same dimming strategies and lighting control available in commercial 
settings.<br><br>By offering smart lighting control, you can provide 
homeowners with the added benefits of convenience and peace of mind, and
 smart lighting adds to the value of the home when putting it on the 
market. Lutron Electronics

Steve Maurer, IME

As a contractor, you have the ability to offer residential customers the same dimming strategies and lighting control available in commercial settings.

By offering smart lighting control, you can provide homeowners with the added benefits of convenience and peace of mind, and smart lighting adds to the value of the home when putting it on the market.

Your customers will also enjoy energy savings by automating their interior and exterior lighting. Saving money on utility bills and enhanced security features are good talking points to discuss with homeowners when upgrading their lighting system.

But, saving money and peace of mind are not the only reasons modern dimming solutions benefit the homeowner. And merely shutting lights off via a mobile device isn't the only option these days. In fact, modern technology allows for control of the lights, even when occupants are at work. They can monitor and control the home's lighting while vacationing in another state or even country.

Just like lighting strategies in commercial venues, home lighting control can blend natural light and indoor artificial lighting to create an effective mix that saves energy, provides comfort, and creates ambiance. Similar to options available in boardrooms and offices, motorized shades can provide just the right light to complement the homeowner’s décor, protect furnishings or save energy.

A central command center, on-the-wall keypads, and apps on smartphones allow the homeowner complete and even granular control of dimming strategies and lighting options. Imagine sitting in the living room or den, getting ready to watch a movie. Instead of getting up to shut off the lights or lower the shades, they can control them from a mobile device, a tablet or a remote control, emulating the lighting of a movie theatre.

Preset lighting levels — often called scenes in the industry — can be programmed into pushbutton wall switches or mapped out in an app. For example, lighting in the kitchen and dining room could have different lighting levels for food prep, intimate dinners, and the inevitable clean up chores.

With a system like RA2 Select these dimming strategies or scenes allow your customer to personalize the lighting to match any style, mood or activity they wish. When integrated with outdoor lighting, it not only gives your customer peace of mind, but enhances curb appeal as well.

While away from the home for extended periods, they'll have the ability to create more complex lighting scenarios that involve more than just turning lights on and off. Add dimming and shade control to the mix and an unoccupied house has more of a "someone's at home" look and feel.

With modern technologies, the homeowner definitely has more options for money-saving approaches through personalized options. Dimming strategies truly make a house a smart-home with single room control or whole home solutions.


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