Illinois Homeowners and Designers can Both Benefit from this Smart Technology
These days, technology is everywhere, especially in a bustling city like Chicago. It has transformed so many different industries, and interior design is no exception. Now, you can plan out an entire room on your iPad or hide televisions directly in mirrors, to name a few. But the technology we’ve found is most useful for interior designers is actually smart lighting control. If you’re looking for new ways to take advantage of technology in home décor, then read on to learn why automated lighting is a fantastic design tool.
What is Lighting Control?
Lighting control technology upgrades all the light fixtures, from lamps to chandeliers, so that you can adjust them remotely via a smartphone, tablet, or even your voice. The central control technology allows you to take full command of a room’s lighting with ease.
What You Can Do with It:
Adjust Color Temperature
LED lights have become a popular addition to homes lately, mainly due to their flexibility in adjusting brightness and color temperature. Often, a light that is too warm or cool can throw off the entire look of a room, and that problem gets even worse when you have several light bulbs throughout a space that have conflicting color temperatures. But with smart lighting, you can turn lights from warm to cool with the push of a button.
Get Rid of Wall Clutter
Light switches are hardly the most attractive thing to see cluttering up a wall, but they’re a necessary evil, right? Not necessarily. You can keep the walls smooth and clean by replacing traditional switches with a smart lighting system. The lights can instead automatically turn on whenever someone enters the room, selects that option on their smartphone, or requests it vocally using a voice control device like Amazon Alexa.
Stage Rooms Effectively
Getting a room to look just right is a challenge in and of itself, but what do you do when there’s too much or not enough natural light? With lighting control, all you have to do is pull out your touchscreen and adjust each light fixture to be just the right brightness. The system can even connect to smart window treatments so that you can raise or lower the shades at the push of a button.
Solve the Multipurpose Room Challenge
When designing rooms for a homeowner, you obviously won’t be there 24×7 to keep each area looking its best. So how do you handle multipurpose rooms where the lighting will need to change drastically from day to day? A living room is the perfect example—you might want to design the lighting to highlight artwork or architectural features, but those lighting settings aren’t the right fit when the homeowner wants to watch television.
The solution is to design lighting scenes. For common activities and scenarios, such as watching a movie or hosting a party, you pick out the lighting settings that will show each room at its best. Those settings are then saved in the smart home system so that the homeowner can simply select that scene and have the room’s lights adjust instantly.
Smart lighting technology offers many advantages for interior designers and homeowners alike. If you’d like to learn more about how to put this innovative technology to use or schedule a visit to our showroom to see it in action, give us a call at (630) 898-2850 or fill out this quick form.