Lighting is no longer just a solution to darkness. Smart lighting can be tailored to your activity and mood. It can adapt to the time of day and be synced with automated blinds and shading solutions to provide economical and cost-saving set-ups. Smart home lighting installers will help create lighting scenes that work for you. But here are a few things to think about when planning a smart home lighting system.
Think About Natural Light
When it comes to smart lighting, it’s a good idea to think about natural light first. Which rooms get the most natural light and can you use these for most of your daily activities? This will save money on electricity and ensure you only need artificial lighting when it’s absolutely necessary. Make sure the natural light flooding into your property isn’t blocked by bookcases, cabinets or other items of furniture. And if you plan to read or work at a desk, position this in an area that’s well lit.
Think About Where You Need Smart Lighting
Even if your home is well lit, smart lighting is beneficial after dark or on dull days. It’s also great for creating relaxing settings. So think about where you might require smart lighting on a practical level and where it could make your property more inviting and cosy. Downlights, pendants and spotlights, for example, can be good over work areas. You might also decide to use lighting to highlight structural details of your property or artwork you’re proud of.
Smart lighting can also be added to a home cinema with everything from Starscape ceilings to LED strips creating the perfect atmosphere for a good film.
Consider Energy Efficiency
Home lighting automation can also improve the efficiency of your property. Once you have a lighting layout in mind, start thinking about lighting scenes. If you’re reading, for example, you can ask the lights to dim. Or if you’re holding a birthday party for the kids, why not switch on some coloured LEDs to create a more fun vibe? As smart programming operates via a single interface, you can control whole scenes with just a push of a button. Sensors and timers can also be used to control when the lights turn on and off, helping you to save electricity. Most systems can also be controlled via your phone, so even when you’re out you can adjust the lighting settings in your property.
Integration of Shading Solutions
Shading solutions can also be integrated with your smart lighting system to ensure the perfect atmosphere is created throughout the day and night. Daylight sensors can automatically adjust your shades and electric lighting, to help you maintain optimum light levels throughout the day and reduce energy wastage. Essentially, the lights won’t switch on unless they’re required. Creating a more economical living space is undoubtedly one of the best advantages of smart home lighting.
Looking for smart home installers, Kent? Then contact New Wave AV today. With specialists working across Kent, Surrey, Essex, London and Sussex, we’ll find the perfect lighting set-up for your home.
Article by Kevin Whysall
I started my Audio Visual and Technology career back in 1992 working in the commercial and leisure sector across Europe. Then back in 2003 I founded New Wave AV and we are now a leading Smart Home, Home Cinema and Lighting Control company in the Southeast of England.