Benefits of a Light Control System

Benefits of a Light Control System

Make your home safer and more energy efficient

By Sabah Karimi

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A light control system is a great solution if you're looking to increase both the safety and comfort of your home. Automated lighting control systems can improve your quality of life and add a level of security to your property. These control systems can be integrated into smart-home technology to communicate with other systems in the home such as alarms, stereo systems and home theater and entertainment systems.

Function

Light control systems give a homeowner complete control over the activation and deactivation of both indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures. In addition to programming when the lights can be turned on, off, or dimmed in certain locations, a homeowner can activate certain lights with a remote control device or a push-button panel to light up a specific, dark area and thereby improve safety for the entire premises.

Types

Light control systems can either be hard-wired or wireless, and each type offers a different level of control and functionality. In a hard-wired system, lighting fixtures and components are connected through a central control panel that can be installed anywhere on the property. In a wireless system, the lighting fixtures and appliances communicate with a central control panel and with each other via radio signals or a wireless internet connection. A light control system can be a whole-house project, or a local installation to control only certain fixtures and lighting appliances in a given area.

Types of applications

A light control system can be programmed to control lighting inside and outside the home. For example, hallway lights can be turned on or dimmed by a motion detector to illuminate a pathway at night. Light control systems can also be linked to a home security system to turn on immediately when an alarm is set off, or when a CCTV device detects someone or something in the area.

Energy benefits

One of the most significant benefits of installing a light control system is its ability to save energy. Homeowners who want to reduce energy costs by as much as 40 percent can install light dimmers and automated on and off switches for certain lighting fixtures to save money each time the light is turned on. Light control systems can be programmed on a set schedule or activated by motion so that lights are not left for long periods.

Considerations

A light control system is a custom installation that typically requires planning and implementation by a lighting designer, architect and smart-home network installation specialist. Contact local builders' associations and architects in your area to find the names and phone numbers of reputable lighting specialists who specialize in automated light control systems.

About the Author

Sabah Karimi is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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