Lighting and Shade Control
Lighting control may not be known as the coolest of home electronics, but this is unfortunate. It can add wow factor to a home, offer added safety, provide energy savings and increase a property’s value.
The best thing about lighting control systems is the convenience they bring. For example, walking around and turning off lights becomes a thing of the past. With the push of a button, lights around the house can be turned off or dimmed. At night, lights can be turned on from inside the car as you arrive home. Lighting scenes can be programmed for different occasions – watching a movie, entertaining, cooking, vacation, etc. When integrated with a control system, a home’s lighting can be adjusted from anywhere with an Internet connection.
It’s been found that lighting can account for up to 20% of a household’s yearly electricity usage. Lighting control systems can offer the potential for substantial energy savings through light, shade and even appliance control. As an example, dimming lights by 25% saves 20% lighting energy, and dimming more means saving more. Controllable window shades can save 10% on heating and cooling costs by blocking the sun’s rays in summer or letting them in during colder months.