Draw Out the Beauty from the Darkness with Automated Landscape Lighting

Draw Out the Beauty from the Darkness with Automated Landscape Lighting

Make Your Home Shine with Custom Landscape Lighting  What does your home look like after the sun goes down? Do the beautiful architecture and noteworthy details get lost in the dark? Can anyone appreciate your beautiful mature trees? Does your property look foreboding or inviting?   You put significant effort and expense into both the inside and outside of your home. Last month we talked about how lighting automation and LED technology could transform the look and feel of your home. This month, we want to talk about how you can do the same with the outside of your property. As we’ve said before, never underestimate the power of light’s ability to change the way you view, use, and appreciate your Chicago, IL home. Keep reading to learn more about landscape lighting and automation to make your home as beautiful on the outside as it is inside.   SEE ALSO: 5 Ways to Simplify Your Life with Lighting Automation  Highlight Details  Want to bring the beauty out of the darkness? Bullet lights are perfect for drawing attention to detail. You can use them to uplight a tree, an entry gate, an outdoor sculpture, or other noteworthy detail. Bullet lights can be focused or spread a wider circle of light depending on the need.   Wash Lights  Need to illuminate a unique outside wall or a portion of a landscape? A wash light is a compact solution that is easy to fit in many areas. Wash lights are excellent for adding a layer of light with other lighting to create an overall effect.    Path Lights  Path lights serve dual purposes, adding both aesthetic beauty and safety. Make your home more...
How LED Lighting and Smart Control Can Transform Your Home

How LED Lighting and Smart Control Can Transform Your Home

A Look at the Latest in Lighting Control and Design  LED technology may not change everything, but it is changing many things you interact with every day – and practically every minute. For example, the screen you are reading this on is likely lit by LED technology, whether it’s your smartphone, tablet, desktop monitor, or laptop. While we don’t think you are reading this on your flat-screen TV, one form of LED technology or another has revolutionized those screens, too.   When it comes to home lighting, LED is a sea change there, too. LED lighting uses up to 80% less energy than Edison’s incandescent invention. Compared to still popular but rapidly declining compact fluorescent technology, LED still wins in flexibility, environmental friendliness, and energy efficiency.   Combine the remarkable flexibility and efficiency of LED technology and smart lighting control systems, and you can transform the way you illuminate your Lake Geneva, WI home. Keep reading to see how.   SEE ALSO: How to Accentuate Your Interior Design with Lighting Control  LED Lighting  We mentioned the efficiency benefits of LED lighting and alluded to its flexibility. No previous type of lighting in the past was flexible with regard to white color temperature or displaying color. LED technology has the singular ability to display different forms of light throughout the day. No lighting best exemplifies that ability more than Lutron’s Ketra tunable lighting. One of the pioneers in adaptable lighting, Ketra refines some of the unique capabilities of LED technology to produce lighting systems that can fine-tune white light color temperature and display a rainbow of colors for dramatic and aesthetic effects.  Ketra is more than just a color-adjustable LED light. Features like vibrancy tune the light to reflect...
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...
How Circadian Lighting Helps You Stay Healthy

How Circadian Lighting Helps You Stay Healthy

Improving Your Overall Wellness Starts with a Smart, Healthy Home Natural light makes you feel better. Why do you think people like going outside to enjoy the sun? It’s not just to get a tan. There’s something biological that’s happening. Natural light helps to regulate our wake and sleep cycles, as well as provide energy for the synthesis of vitamin D. When you get the right amount and hue of light throughout the day, you’ll discover that your mood, sleep, and overall wellness improve. Technologically based wellness companies, such as Delos, integrate “healthy” lighting that promotes a healthy home indoors. Circadian lighting, as it’s called, is accomplished through tunable fixtures from Ketra that change in color temperature and intensity throughout the day to mimic the sun’s natural progression across the sky. The result? You’ll wake refreshed, enjoy more energy throughout the day, and go to bed peacefully. Read more to learn how installing circadian lighting in your Chicago, IL, home can help improve your overall wellbeing. SEE ALSO: Combine Lutron Fixtures and Lighting Control in Your Home   What Is Circadian Lighting? For as long as humankind has lived, our lives have been intertwined with the earth’s cycles and seasons. In fact, we don’t just live on the earth – we are connected to it. It’s no wonder that lighting contributes to our mood and health. Many studies demonstrate that sunlight helps to regulate the serotonin and melatonin levels in our brains. These two important hormones are necessary for wakefulness and sleep. For instance, as your day begins, the morning sunlight stimulates serotonin in your body to energize you....
Why You Should Upgrade Your Lighting with Lutron Keypads

Why You Should Upgrade Your Lighting with Lutron Keypads

Deliver Greater Elegance, Comfort and Efficiency With Lutron Lighting Control Are you interested in adding Lutron lighting control to your Chicago, IL home? You may have heard about the benefits of managing all of your lights from a mobile app or a modern touchpad. Switches on the wall seem archaic in comparison. For your day-to-day needs, though, you’ll still want a tactile way to manage the lights in the room. Our Lutron lighting control systems offer advanced, sleek on-wall control solutions through their vast array of keypads. Not only do these keypads streamline your décor by reducing the number of switches needed on the wall, but you can manage audio, shades and climate through them as well. Each keypad model is available in a wide range of colors, finishes, and configurations to provide the perfect match for both your interior design and lifestyle. Our latest blog highlights the many Lutron keypads you could incorporate in your space. SEE MORE: Why Lighting Control is the Best Interior Design Technology Signature Series Keypads   Experience instant access to your lighting control on slim, elegant keypads from the Signature line. While they’re the smallest of the Lutron keypads, they can still feature up to seven different buttons. Green or blue status LEDs let you know when a specific scene is activated. Each button is custom programmed and engraved for easy access to your go-to controls. Incorporate occupancy sensors into the keypads for greater energy efficiency. The Signature line is available in many metal finishes, including brass, chrome and nickel. It is also available in a white matte. Architectural seeTouch Many of our...