Lighting Control Systems are Changing the Game for Architects and Designers
There’s nothing that makes a house look amazing quite like natural light. Light can change the mood of any room, make areas feel larger and more open than they actually are, and draw attention to architectural finishes and décor. But light is also difficult to control.
For architects and designers, light is a challenge. It’s not as easy as just designing homes with lots of windows. You also have to think about how each room will look on cloudy days and evenings. And not everyone wants a home with floor-to-ceiling windows, making it difficult to create that open, airy atmosphere in each room.
Fortunately, lighting control systems are changing the game. A growing trend in the San Francisco, CA area, lighting control isn’t limited to just DIY, basic devices. Instead, architects and designers are leveraging smart technology to make homes look beautiful right from the start. These systems are top of mind during the initial planning of the home all the way through to the final staging – and the results are stunning.
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In this blog, we break down the main benefits of designing homes with smart lighting in mind. But first, let’s get on the same page about what a lighting control system is. At its core, lighting control is a collection of smart devices all working together to give homeowners (and in this case, home designers) full control over their lights. It’s designed to make it super simple to manage everything at once. At the push of a button, you could turn on every light in the house. More practically, a push of the button could adjust the lights in a room to the perfect staged look for a certain occasion.
A key characteristic of lighting control is that it’s smart. This technology goes far beyond flipping a light switch on and off. Instead, the entire system acts together to promote the perfect lighting based on all sorts of conditions – the amount of natural light in the room, what activity you’d like to do, whether you’re in the room at all, etc. Some of these conditions are automatically identified via sensors, while others are set by the homeowner via a voice command or pressing a button on a touchscreen or remote.
Now that we have a baseline knowledge of the capabilities, let’s dig into why architects and designers are picking up on this trend.
Freedom from Natural Light
As we mentioned earlier, as amazing as natural light is for interior design, it’s also finicky. You can’t rely on always having the right amount of sunlight in a room, but with a lighting control system you can have the artificial lights react to the amount of available light. Imagine having a room where, as the sun starts setting, the overhead light fixtures subtly brighten in response so that the area never gets too dim? Or how about a room where the motorized shades automatically lower over the windows to keep the sun’s glare from flashing in people’s eyes or damaging furnishings? With smart lighting, you’re not bound to the limitations of natural light at all.
Highlighting the Home
Designers are getting more and more creative about how they use lighting in different spaces, and smart lighting is helping a lot. Especially for multipurpose rooms, like living rooms, designers can preprogram different “scenes” that adjust the lighting for different occasions. So, when homeowners want to watch TV, all they have to do is press a button, and the light fixtures will adjust for the perfect viewing experience. But when they’re ready to entertain guests, all it takes is one command to transform the room. The spotlights over artwork will brighten, the lamps will set to 50 percent brightness, and so forth.
If you’re satisfied with designing homes that are just “good,” then there’s no need to go the extra distance with lighting control. But if you want to shift homes from good to great, then a lighting control system can do that.
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