With our lighting systems it’s easy to dim lights, set sophisticated scenes and enhance security. Lights can be controlled by a switch on the wall, a remote control and even your phone, tablet or computer.
How does it work?
Lighting control systems have a number of advantages over traditionally wired lighting circuits:
- Control lighting from touch panels, phones, tablets and computers as well as wall switches
- Lighting can be controlled remotely over the internet when you’re away from home
- Lighting scenes can be set for specific tasks, e.g. relaxing, watching TV or entertaining
For example, a button by the front door could be programmed with a ‘welcome home’ scene – when pressed, lights would be turned on in the hall, lounge and kitchen.
Security and convenience
The system can be extended to include control of fans, blinds, curtains, garage doors and even audio and video devices for the ultimate in convenience and security, here are just a few examples:
- Button in kitchen to turn Radio 2 on
- Button in lounge to turn TV on and set channel to Sky 1 and dim the lights
- Button by front door to activate an ‘away from home’ programme – this would close your blinds/curtains in the evening and set a lighting scene so the house looks occupied. In the morning the blinds/curtains would open.
New build and major refurbishment
If your project is new build or major refurbishment we would always suggest you consider a fully wired central system as they are the most reliable solution. These systems are usually wired differently from conventional lighting. Rather than installing traditional lighting loop-in and drop to switch circuits, each lighting circuit is wired back to a central point of the house and connected to a module which either turns the light on/off (using a relay module) or dims it (using a dimmer module).
Switches or touch screens are located in each room and wired on a bus, these can be either star/radial/ring wired and connect to the same central enclosure using ultra low voltage cable such as Cat5/6.
If your project is a retrofit and you are unable to run extra cables then there are a number of wireless products on the market that can fully automate your home lighting. These systems utilise the traditional loop-in and drop to switch type of lighting circuits that most houses are wired in. The light switch would be changed for a wireless version some systems have the dimming and switching built into the wireless switch and others require a small module fitting in the ceiling space near say the first downlight on a circuit. These systems can then be controlled via smartphones or incorporated into a Control4 system for truly integrated home automation.
Whole house examples
To get a feel for the cost of a whole house automation solution which includes lighting, audio, video and heating control please go to our whole house Budget Pricing page