Different Ways to Access Your Lighting Control System
Lighting control is one of the best features of home automation because it’s convenient, helps you save energy, and makes your Covington, Louisiana home look beautiful. While there are a lot of practical benefits, such as saving money on your utility bills, there’s also the benefit of being able to control your lights different ways. You get to decide how you want to brighten or dim your house. Continue reading to learn more.
Dimmers: Dimmers allow you to raise or lower the lighting to varying degrees, instead of simply turning the lights completely on or off. Years ago, dimmers typically were round knobs on the wall that you would turn to the right or left. However, today we have more sophisticated controls to change lighting levels. Lutron for example, has a new LED lighting strip, called the Grafik T, which brightens as you raise the lights to a high level and darkens as they go down low. The lighting strip comes on with just the touch of your finger. We also have up and down buttons that you press to change the setting.
Keypads: Another way to control your lights is through custom keypads on the wall. These keypads can be tailored to any home automation scene you like. For example, you could list, “All on,” “All off,” “Movie,” Good Morning” and “Goodnight” on the keypad in your kitchen. And, every keypad could be different in every room of your home for different functions. Imagine walking out the door in the morning for work and simply pressing “All off”. The best part about the keypads is that you never have to guess which switch does what; they are all labeled.
Mobile App: Having control keypads in your home is a must have for quick and easy access while you’re hanging around the house, but mobile apps take your control system a step further and let you access your lighting from any location in the world. With a strong network and a smart home app on your phone, you turn off any light in the house. Download the mobile app on your smartphone, tablet, or even your smart watch to manage the features of your home.
Occupancy Sensors: These sensors allow you to turn on your lights just by walking into an area. Sensors are installed at key points on the walls so as soon as you go into a room, the lights come on. When you leave, they go off. This technology particularly helps you save energy because you don’t have to worry about remembering to turn the light off when to leave the room. Your smart home does it for you.
Voice Control: Voice control is one of the newest technologies you can use to perform tasks at home. Amazon’s personal voice control assistant Alexa is a software run on the Echo that lets you turn lights on with your voice. Walk into your home and say, “Alexa, turn the lights on” and she’ll confirm “OK” and your house will brighten instantly. Alexa works with Control4 systems so you can do a variety of other tasks as well.
Geofencing: Geofencing allows you to control your home by moving outside of a determined location. Using the GPS on your phone, the system tracks where you are and performs tasks as soon as you leave or come up the driveway. For example, as soon as you are a mile away from your home, your system will turn on the air conditioning, lighting, or TV.
The best part about working with Acadian Custom Solutions is that we can customize your smart home exactly as you like. Pick from this list of lighting controls, and we’ll install it for you. We know that every family has different needs, so whether you want custom keypads in every room, or just want to use the app on your mobile devices, we can tailor your smart home system to match your lifestyle.
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