How to Accentuate Your Interior Design with Lighting Control

How to Accentuate Your Interior Design with Lighting Control

Everything Looks Better in the Right Light Photography is all about capturing an image that is a reflection of light. No matter the technology, from chemical film to today’s digital, the ideal shot is seizing the moment when the light frames the subject perfectly, whether it’s a colorful sunset or a Rembrandt-lit face. Your home tends to be a reflection of your personality and sense of aesthetics. Finishes, furnishings, color choices, and artwork all form a mosaic of your sense of style and what matters to you. The way your eyes see it every day can change with the way light reflects off of these objects. With tunable fixtures and lighting control, you can enhance the beauty of your carefully curated Chicago, IL home every day. Read on to see how! SEE ALSO: Why Lighting Control is the Best Interior Design Technology   Full Spectrum Lighting To understand tunable lighting and its effects, it’s important to understand full-spectrum lighting. Light can be referred to as “cool” and “warm” and is measured in Kelvin. At 4000K and above, light is cooler and brighter, with a large amount of blue light. At the other end of the range, 2000K and below, you will find candlelight. As you might guess, the bright bluish light is the light that energizes, like the sun at the height of the day, and the warmer redder glow of a sunset or candlelight is more relaxing. But the way light affects our biological rhythms is only one part of full-spectrum lighting. The other is how it makes things look. Lutron Ketra tunable lighting is a full-spectrum lighting...
5 Ways to Simplify Your Life with Lighting Automation

5 Ways to Simplify Your Life with Lighting Automation

Save Time, Energy, and Money with Lighting that Manages Itself You may think home automation is all about convenience and luxury. While that is undeniably true, automation also has real benefits in energy efficiency and security. Perhaps the one area of home automation that delivers on every one of these benefits is smart lighting control. It may come as no surprise that smart lighting is the catalyst that gets homeowners to invest in other smart home features. Once people experience the added convenience and comfort, they want more! And more smart control brings increased benefits, as features like climate control, motorized shades, and automated AV management bring added convenience, luxury, and efficiency when it all works together. Let’s explore some ways you can use lighting automation to simplify and enhance your Chicago, IL lifestyle. SEE ALSO: Why Lighting Control is the Best Interior Design Technology Using Sensors We work with Lutron for lighting control, as the company has been a pioneer and leader in lighting control and automation for decades in residential and commercial environments. Lutron makes a variety of occupancy sensors that detect if a room is occupied. Think of bathroom and kitchen lights – is your family diligent about turning them off when they leave? Sensors can do the job for you. And it’s not about one light. A sensor can trigger an automation sequence that turns off a set of lights of your choosing. So, if you always want a dimmed nightlight in the bathroom, that can stay on. Better yet, that one only stays on when it’s nighttime. Landscape Lighting Outside lighting can serve many...
3 Reasons Lighting Control is Essential for Condominium Projects

3 Reasons Lighting Control is Essential for Condominium Projects

With lighting control, high-rise developers in Illinois’ Gold Coast can cut costs, attract potential buyers and make their buildings easier to manage From Alexa-enabled speakers to fully automated conference rooms, individuals and businesses alike are clamoring for automated devices to simplify everyday tasks and make life more comfortable. And yet, there’s one area where automation has yet to truly take off: Apartments and condominium developments. Whether it’s due to budgetary concerns, a lack of technical know-how or the fear of a complicated installation process, the reluctance to embrace automation is a missed opportunity for builders and property managers. Today we’ll be looking at one of the simplest but most effective automation technologies available for condo developers in Illinois’ Gold Coast: Lutron lighting control. SEE ALSO: How Can Lutron Lighting Control Lower Your Energy Bill? MORE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS One of the biggest costs for any home, including condos, is utility bills. Between the costs of lighting the space, running appliances, and heating or cooling the unit, energy costs quickly become a major factor in any potential resident’s financial future. A Lutron lighting control system makes your individual units much more efficient. LED lighting is 70-80 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, and they’re safer to handle than compact fluorescent bulbs. Lighting control also allows your residents to dim bulbs instead of simply having them on or off, and every percentage point of dimming results in an equivalent reduction in energy use for that light. By using sensors and automated schedules, residents will see even greater savings by ensuring lights aren’t on in areas that aren’t being used. HAPPIER, HEALTHIER...