Smart Tips to Design Lighting Control for your Smart Home
A well thought of lighting control system accentuates the interior design of any smart home. Designing lighting control is one of the first things that go into the planning of a smart home.
Gone are those days when the lighting was just a host of fixtures, having an ON and OFF switch. We now live in the digital era, and we can control our electric devices, including our lighting systems with extreme ease.
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However, even the slightest of errors in the initial designing process can have serious ramifications on the end result. So you need extreme caution and diligent planning when setting up the control system.
So if you are looking for tips to help you design the lighting control for your smart home, we have them for you here-
1. Plan your Needs in Advance
You need to have a well-formulated and detailed planning process in place before you start designing your lighting control. There are two categories of lighting control you should know about: The wired lighting system and the wireless one.
In the wired category, we have the plug-in kind and the wire-in kind. The Plug-in ones are those that when connected to adapters, turn your average lights into smart lights. These solutions are ideal for one or maximum two rooms at one time.
The wire-in kind of lighting control requires a slightly complex mechanism and can be used to control the lighting of your entire home.
On the other hand, the wireless variant allows you to manage your lighting remotely without having a switch. You need to analyze the best system based on your budget and control requirements. Check if you need to control all the lights in your home or just a few installed in specific areas.
2. Focus on One Room at a Time
Planning for the whole house at one go can get extremely exhausting, not to mention it increases your chances of going wrong. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to consider a smaller space while planning the lighting controls. When you plan, take one room at a time and understand the lighting intricacies that you need to focus on.
Now, these lighting controls are either sensor-based or non-sensor integrated. So depending on whether you want a pre-programmed control or a smart control that can consider external factors to save power efficiently, you can start looking for options. The other smart light control options that you can consider are –
Touch-based controls: Controlled through a touchpad, switch, or any other mode of the control panel.
Remote Controlled: These are the ones we usually see. You can control the light settings, color, and intensity with the help of a remote.
Smartphone-Based: The controls are in your smartphone, and you can manage them from anywhere with the help of an app.
Computer-Based: These come with some high-end control mechanisms with the help of a plug-in interface or a Wi-Fi.
While you are at it, also consider the possibility of syncing it to AI programs like Siri, Cortana, or Alexa.
Having a smart home is every individual’s dream, and you are going to make it into a reality! Make the entire process a memory that can be cherished; after all, you don’t get to design your smart home every day. Planning your lighting controls can be a pretty interesting task if you are able to figure out where to start and what to look out for. So wear your working hats and start planning. Happy Designing!