Articles tagged with: Lighting Control

Automating your Life

on Saturday, 31 March 2012. Posted in Home Automation

I have to admit, I am really excited about this product. I have been in the Home Entertainment/Automation business for over 13 years now and during that time I've watched my industry go through many changes, slowly evolving and overcoming many challenges to finally arrive where we are today. Never before has it been this easy and affordable to integrate each system in my home. With Control4 I can easily connect my lighting, security, HVAC, audio/video, and my entire media library into a single master system that is controllable from my iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, and computer. I can now effortlessly control and manage my entire home. We are truly living the "Connected Lifestyle".

Lutron "Save Energy Beautifully"

on Wednesday, 28 March 2012. Posted in Lighting

One of the fastest growing segments of my business is Lighting Control and the creation of lighting scenes throughout a home. I love being able to come home and have lights turn on automatically when I disarm my alarm system. I am not fumbling around in the dark looking for keys or turning on lights as I move through the house. My outdoor lights come on each night at dusk and adjust automatically with the length of day throughout the year. My inside lights are custom adjusted for ambiance and functionality. When I first arrive I have a basic yet functional "Welcome Home" scene that allows for me to unwind and get ready for whatever I might do next. After some chores it is time for dinner, which includes Kitchen lights adjusted for optimal functionality and pathway lights through the hall to the Dining room. This gives Janet and I pleasantly dimmed, soft lighting while we eat. After we clean up it is time to relax and read or watch some TV. A quick press of the "Evening" scene and the house is perfect and beautifully lit to enjoy the rest of our evening. Around bedtime we don't even worry about turning off the TV, Lights, or setting the Security system. We just go to the bedroom and hit the "Good Night" button by the bedside. Instantly the TV, electronics, and lights turn off. The alarm system is set in the "Stay" mode, and the temperature automatically is set back throughout the night. Waking up in the morning is a breeze when the coffee starts automatically, the temperature is adjusted, and the lights slowly come on over the course of 15 minutes. Lighting and automation has certainly simplified my routines and allowed for me to take back my time, my most precious commodity.

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