Lighting automation enables a household to control and interact with the property’s lighting hardware on a more precise and advanced level. It can be incorporated throughout the entire home, or brought into select rooms as preferred. After which, lighting levels, hues, colours and more can be altered to improve the ambience of the space, enhance architectural features or even boost home security.
As the technology becomes increasingly affordable and accessible, its integration into new and existing homes will continue to accelerate. For a long list of reasons, interior designers believe that lighting automation could be the next big trend for residential properties.
1. It offers more dynamic lighting control
Firstly, smart lighting is about more than convenient ways to switch your lights on and off. It also enables the user to control things like the intensity of the light’s output, along with the hue and colour of the light. Motion sensors can be integrated with a smart lighting system; custom themes can be accessed at the touch of a button and on/off cycles can be timed independently for every light around the home.
2. It contributes to home safety
Smart lighting automation can also be an important safety feature – particularly in homes where there may be an elevated risk of slips, trips, falls and related injuries. Automated lighting that activates when motion is detected can help potentially vulnerable people move around safely in hours of darkness. The technology can also be used to provide just the right level of illumination during the night, so as to avoid disturbing restful sleep.
3. It can be an effective safety feature
On a more general level, smart lighting can make a major contribution to home security. Motion sensors and timers can be linked with interior and exterior lights to serve as an effective deterrent for would-be intruders. With many smart lighting systems, it is even possible to access and interact with your home’s lights from any location at the touch of a button. This can be great for giving the impression someone is home, or for checking whether any lights have been left on or activated unexpectedly. Smart lighting can be particularly effective as part of a fully integrated smart home security system, comprising everything from motion detectors to alarm systems to smart surveillance cameras.
4. It enhances energy efficiency and cuts costs
A smart home lighting system can be surprisingly easy and affordable to set up. Today, installing high-quality hardware like Evvr’s Zigbee 3.0 In-Wall Smart Relay Switch is no more difficult than swapping out a conventional light switch. After which, the energy efficiency of a smart home lighting system can make a major contribution to reduced energy consumption and lower monthly energy bills. Over time, an efficient smart home lighting system has the potential to pay for itself, by way of long-term savings. It can also have a positive impact on a property’s market value, translating to a cost-effective investment in the comfort and curb appeal of your home.