LIGHTING AND SHADE CONTROL
Lighting control can be a stand-alone system or integrated with your home automation system. It can be installed in just a single room, several rooms, or all rooms in your residence. Lighting control is 100% retrofittable, meaning for existing construction, you don't have to rewire your house to incorporate.
Lighting control provides the following benefits:
- Provides dimming functionality for most light fixtures and bulbs. Dimmers allow you to adjust the lighting levels for a particular activity as opposed to having the lights either turn full on or full off.
- Saves energy and money. Studies have shown that dimming your lights by 30% can save you 24% in electricity, bulb life increases to 7.6 years on average, resulting in a $62.77 savings over 5 years.*
- Provides security benefits:
- At night, you never have to walk into a dark house again
- Lighting controls can be integrated with your security system so if an alarm is triggered, you can have all the lights in your come full on and have the outside lights flash
- If you hear a noise in the middle of the night, you can turn all the lights on in your home at your bedside.
- All lights on the system will be controlled by a timer when on vacation. The timer will even turn lights on/off at varying times for each day to make your home appear "lived in".
- Provides convenience. If you live in a large multi-level residence, at bedtime or when you leave, you don't have to go around the house to turn off all the lights.
Shade Control is the perfect complement to a lighting control solution. Shades and other window coverings have complete control just with a touch of a button.
Shade control provides the following benefits:
- Provides added privacy and security. Shades can be set to automatically close at night.
- Provides glare control. If you ever had a TV near a window, you probably have experienced glare from sunlight entering the room thus making you to move to another location or manually close the shades. You can now have the shades close automatically whenever the TV is powered on.
- Protects your valuable furnishing from sun (UV light) damage. Sunlight contains ultraviolet light which is particularly harmful to wood and fabrics causing them to fade and degrade over time. You can have the shades automatically close during the times when sunlight is entering the room
- Provides convenience. If you have windows located in unreachable areas, typically you have no ability to adjust the window coverings without a ladder. With shade control, you can adjust them anytime. Another nice feature occurs when you are leaving your residence. You never have to walk around the house to close each shade.
- Saves energy and money. Shades can be programmed to close at particular times of the day or are based on the light level to prevent overheating of the room.
* Data from Lutron based on Lutron experiments performed since 1998 and using the following assumptions:
1kWh = $0.104; 1 Halogen Bulb = $5.00; Bulb Life = 3000 Hours