Lighting Control 101
When applied correctly a lighting control system is one the most valuable of all “automation” products that you can add to your home or business. When implemented correctly automating your lighting can really save you time and money.
In the residential world the most common misconception about this technology is that it is only for extremely large homes. Another very common problem is poor design of the control systems interface. The primary reason for this is the fact that most lighting systems are sold and programmed by entities who lack experience in developing user interfaces.
We at Dale Johnson Systems have decades of experience with lighting control and we are experts in developing user interfaces of all types. We also specialize in complete integration of lighting control with the control of other household systems including, TVs and media rooms.
Centralized vs. localized:
There are basically two types of lighting control devices, centralized systems and local dimmers. Centralized lighting panels require a specific electrical wiring configuration and local dimmers replace the standard light switch in the wall. Control of these systems is executed from a simple keypad or touch panel. Local light dimmers have keypads built into them that can be programmed to control any light or group of lights.
Centralized lighting systems are commonly used in large homes or homes where the owner wants to reduce wall clutter. Local light dimmers give you the convenience of automated control but do not eliminate the presence of the light switch on the wall. Generally one is for new construction and the other is great for retrofitting.
Reward of ownership:
When a lighting control system is properly programmed for its owner it can completely eliminate all the hassle involved with using a standard lighting system. A properly tuned lighting system will adjust itself at the precise time of day based on an astronomical clock. This means that you will always have the home perfectly illuminated right as the sun starts to set or rise. As the evening progresses and activity shifts from dining to entertainment the system can track your movement and activities to set just the right lights at the right level. As the evening moves into night changes continue automatically.
When you are out of town or not at home the lighting system can be programmed to emulate your habits and give would be intruders the impression that the home is occupied.
All of these conveniences are true for any business, certainly those that operate at night time. They system can be linked to the security processor and to surveillance equipment.
The best thing about modern lighting control is that it has come way down in relative cost to design, purchase, program and install in recent years.