Home automation is extremely popular right now, with many property owners looking for convenient, economical and money-saving ways to create a premium living environment. Many companies specialise in home automation, offering unique products such as Home Security, Home Theatre, Multi-Room Audio and more, with Smart Lighting being the focus of this particular article. Both Control4 and Lutron provide innovative lighting solutions designed to create the perfect backdrop for your mood or routine. But does Control4 work with Lutron and can they work together to create the ultimate automated lighting experience?
Is Control4 Compatible with Lutron?
The great thing about Control4 is that it’s compatible with thousands of third-party products making it easy to sync all of the technology in your home without hassle. This means that a qualified Control4 programmer can integrate your system with many lighting products and software solutions, including those from Lutron. So whether you already have a Lutron lighting system and are looking to install Control4 automation, you don’t have to worry. Similarly, if you’re hoping for Control4 Lutron integration, this isn’t an issue.
Which is Better, Lutron or Control4?
Comparing Control4 with Lutron is a good way to help you determine which system is right for your home. Both Lutron and Control4 offer flexibility and convenience, with Lutron being the world leader in lighting control systems for more than 60 years. Control4 is a newer company, but with impressive automation options across multiple rooms, it’s a popular option for homeowners looking to create a luxurious and tailored atmosphere. So with all this in mind, let’s take a look at the benefits of both:
Lutron Vs Control4
The great thing about Lutron is that you can install a whole-home lighting control system without retrofitting or rewiring your home. This is obviously a clear benefit for those that prefer minimal disruption to their living environment. In contrast, a Control4 automated lighting system can be installed either during construction (perfect for new builds that want to incorporate intelligent technology from the very start), or after (wirelessly), allowing homeowners to upgrade and add to their automated lifestyle.
Anytime, Anywhere Control
Lutron also offers seamless control as all of the lights within a property can be effortlessly controlled both in-home and out using devices such as a keypad, remote control, iPad, iPhone, Android and more. Control4 also offers this level of practicality. A Control4 controller is the brain of this system. This syncs up to compatible devices. Settings can be accessed via a TV controller, touchscreen interface and the Control4 App, as well as via light switches that have intelligent audio controls built-in.
Lighting for any Situation
Lutron is intricately designed to create the perfect lighting design for any situation while simultaneously saving as much energy as possible. Each element of a room, from the blinds to the lamps, can be individually adjusted from the comfort of your sofa, allowing you to sit back and relax in style. What’s really great is that you can set lighting combinations known as ‘scenes.’ This means whether you’re watching a movie, working or entertaining guests, you can create the right atmosphere for you.
With regards to creating the ultimate ambience, Control4 is also impressive. You can automatically dim lights at certain times of the day, get security lights to come on at night or create a backdrop to suit your activity. While Lutron offers a little more flexibility in crafting the perfect lighting for your specific mood, Control4 incorporates audio control into the keypads. This means that one button can dim the lights and turn on soft music. Or an alarm clock can accompany bright lights and loud radio music. Control4 also makes it easier to incorporate timers and motion sensors in a bid to boost convenience and reduce energy costs.
Modern lighting systems such as Lutron and Control4 prioritise energy saving. This means that lights can be triggered by movement and are then switched off again when no one is in the room. Lutron’s new geofencing capabilities allow both indoor and outdoor lights to turn on as you arrive home, shades close and lights dim when the house is empty, and you get notifications if lights are on when you leave the house. Control4 specialises in motion sensors that provide hands-free illumination should you need to use the bathroom or kitchen in the middle of the night. And by using your voice, you can light the way when your arms are full or tell your house to turn off every fixture from the comfort of your bed.
World-Class Lighting Automation
Control4 works with some of the best lighting automation companies in the world including Lutron to deliver clients the ultimate automated lighting experience. There are many benefits to this kind of investment. While you’ll pay for the initial set-up, lighting systems can reduce your monthly bills significantly as lighting is only activated when needed. Also, with dimming functionalities and sensors, you only use as much lighting as you need at any particular time and don’t have to put up with bright bulbs that waste energy.
Whole-house lighting automation also extends to the garden and driveway, helping to improve safety when you’re away from home while also creating some pretty incredible visual effects. Light up swimming pools, decking and BBQ areas and really give your home the ‘wow’ factor.
Invest in automated lighting and transform your living environment for the better.
Article by Angus Murray
As Projects Director at New Wave AV I get involved in the detail of ensuring that the solutions we specify for our clients work simply to improve your lifestyle, enhance comfort, and add convenience. I have a particular interest in Home Cinema, Lighting Design & Control.