Everything you as a homeowner needs to know about smart lighting solutions for your home
They may not be something you think about a lot, but your home’s light fixtures play a major role in setting the mood for a room, as well as how you feel. Even if it’s just at a subconscious level, you know that darker lighting in a room puts you to sleep while bright lights wake you up.
With this in mind, wouldn’t you like a system in your home to make your lights easier to manage? And wouldn’t it be great if that same system could boost your energy and help you live a healthier life? You can do all this and more with smart home lighting for your Hinsdale, IL residence. In this blog, we’ll walk you through three of the top benefits of smart lighting control.
A HEALTHIER HOME
Would you believe that lighting control systems can make a substantial health impact on homeowners? It’s true! Smart home lighting allows for more precise control of the intensity and color of your fixtures so they can be programmed to mimic the way natural light changes throughout the day. In turn, this helps you better synch up with your circadian rhythm, or your natural internal clock.
The main way this works is by using tunable light fixtures. Smart lighting manufacturers like Ketra and USAI have designed lights that use “warm dimming” LEDs. This allows you to control both the intensity and color of the fixtures separately and with much greater precision.
At dawn, the lights will gradually increase in intensity and warmth to slowly wake you up. You’ll wake up feeling more refreshed, and no more smashing that snooze button. Next, the intensity of your fixtures increases further around midday to take on a cooler tone, which gives you more energy. Once the sun goes down, your lights gradually dim to help you wind down as you head to bed. Your system can do all this by itself, thanks to automation.
We know that nobody wants to live in a cookie-cutter home. With tunable lighting, you can add some style to your space while also making it easier to control all your fixtures.
As we just mentioned, tunable lighting allows you to separately control the color temperature and intensity of your lights. Now you have a wider array of lighting styles to choose from; you can highlight key elements of a room, hide certain features in shadow, and generally create more striking lighting designs.
Controlling all your fixtures gets easier as well. Using automation, adjust your light with your phone, wall panel, tablet or other control device. Once you have everything set just the way you like it, save the setting to a preset scene and restore it instantly with the touch of a button.
While your lights can be a major energy drain on your home, you may not think something as simple as dimming your fixtures would make a significant dent in your utility bills. It turns using dimmers with tunable lighting results in considerable energy savings.
According to one report, every percentage point of dimming saves about the same percentage of energy needed to light the bulb. In plain English, this means dimming one bulb by 50 percent will reduce that bulb’s energy usage by about 50 percent. Multiply those savings by the number of lights in your home, and you can see how dimming drastically reduces your energy usage.
It’s time to see how tunable lighting can transform your home. To learn more, call the trusted professionals at Barrett’s Technology Solutions at 630-898-2850, or fill out our online contact form.