Intelligent Lighting

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to control all the lighting in your home with a single touch of the button? Intelligent lighting allows you to do exactly that. A smart lighting control system allows you to have control over each and every lighting circuit within your property. Once a circuit is added to the system you can then control the circuit independently or as part of a group or ‘scene’ from your smart home control system. Saving you time and energy.

In a house with Lighting Control, the most common scene used is an ‘All Off’ function assigned to a keypad by the entrance door or in the master bedroom. With one touch you can ensure all the lights are switched off before you leave the property or go to bed at night.

If you are opting for a lighting control system the wiring is different to a conventional lighting installation. Therefore lighting control is typically implemented during a construction project when the lighting is being cabled by the electricians.  The difference being that all the circuits are cabled back to central enclosure locations as opposed to being cabled back to local switches within the rooms.

However if you are renovating an existing property and not rewiring the lighting, there are still ways in which to implement lighting control retrospectively.

What are the benefits of a Lighting Control System?

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Time Saving

Time is limited and precious. Therefore we believe in finding clever ways to streamline the repetitive tasks you complete each day to provide you with more time. If you have a lighting control system, using a simple 'All Off' button by the front door means you can turn off all your lights without needing to run from room to room switching them off.

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Scene Setting

With the touch of a button you can create scenes that change the ambience of your home. For example, an evening scene can switch off the main lights, switch on table lamps and bedside lights and lower the blinds or close the curtains throughout the whole house.

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Energy Efficient

Ensuring lights are switched off when rooms are not in use saves significant amounts of energy. And dimming lights by just 10% can produce significant energy savings without even being noticeable. A lighting control system helps you to become more energy efficient at home.

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Superior Lighting

The right lighting can bring a room or space to life. If you have invested time and budget into a well planned lighting scheme for your home it is important this is optimised. A lighting control system allows you to set scenes to use your lighting as it was intended.

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Integrated AV Functionality

If you have a wider smart home, your keypads can also be programmed to include AV functions. For example, a 'breakfast' scene could switch on the lights, turn on the radio to your favourite station as well as opening the blinds.

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Improved Security

Activating 'Vacation mode' when going on holiday mocks your occupation of the house so it appears you are still home. Whilst you are home, if any presence is detected during the night, you can also add external PIRs to trigger events or lights coming on, aiding security and safety.

Our role as Lighting Control Designers

Sometimes there is an element of confusion in regards to our role as lighting control designers and implementers. Often we work alongside a lighting designer who will be responsible for designing the lighting installation This includes making decisions about the types of light fittings and the circuitry within the rooms. We also work on projects where there is no lighting designer and we are controlling an installation which is already in place together with the electricians or architects.

In both instances, our role as lighting control designers is to control the lighting installation. Therefore we will gather information in regards to how many circuits are in each room and what lights are on each circuit. For example, there may be a pendant in the Master Bedroom, along with a circuit of downlights and a 5Amp either side of the bed. We will draw this information together into a lighting control circuit schedule and then discuss how each circuit is to be controlled.

A circuit of lights can be controlled in one of four ways – traditional mains dimming (or phase dim), relay (on/off only), 0-10v dimming or Dali dimming. Our role includes  cross checking the specification of the chosen light fittings to advise in regards to which method of control is preferred.

The number of  lighting control modules are calculated along with the number of enclosures required and their size. We then produce information illustrating the sizes so spaces can be found for them. We liaise closely with the electricians so they understand exactly what is required and we detail the keypad wiring topology in our design pack.

Using our years of experience to help cross check keypad placement and circuitry ensures that no oversights are made and that the system is fully functional and flexible for whatever changes may be requested in the future.

Our Lighting Control Solutions

Lutron Lighting Control

Lutron are pioneers in smart home technology focusing solely on lighting control and automated window treatments. Simple solutions to create magical experiences in any space with Lutron's smart dimmers, controls, shades, & lighting.

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Lutron Lighting Control

For over 15 years we have been designing, supplying and installing Lutron lighting systems. All our engineers are trained and qualified Lutron programmers.

We predominantly specify hard-wired, centralised Lutron Homeworks QS systems which have a central enclosure, modules to control each channel/circuit of lighting and Lutron keypads within the rooms. Lutron also have retrofit options using their Ra2 range and Pico keypads.

To suit every style of interior, Lutron have a wide range of keypads from the original Seetouch through to the more modern Palladiom and Alisse models. We can also match other outlets within the rooms by using a Focus SB/Palladiom combination in a range of bespoke metal plates.

Lutron are also market leaders in automated window treatments; from Sivoia Roller Shades and motorised curtain tracks, right through to bespoke tensioned shading systems for roof lights. Anything is possible.

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Crestron Lighting Control

The right lighting can turn an ordinary room into an extraordinary space. It contributes to your physical and emotional wellness. It welcomes you home and keeps intruders away. It sets the right mood for any activity. With the Crestron smart home platform, customisable control of all your lighting – and everything else in your home – is simple and smart.

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Crestron Lighting Control

Crestron offer a full range of lighting control solutions from a full panelised system, usually specified as part of a construction project, right through to retrofit solutions.

If you are already enjoying a Crestron control system, then it would be a natural choice to opt for Crestron for your lighting control system so that the lighting forms part of the programming ecosystem.

Crestron have a wide range of highly customisable keypads. Our favourites are the Cameo and the Horizon, both can be seen in our Showroom. These come with many different options of faceplates designed to match your interior design. The buttons will be engraved to ensure that the system is simple to use by any member of the household.

Crestron also have a full complementary range of automated window treatments such as Roller Blinds, Curtain Tracks, Roman Blinds and more.

To see Crestron Lighting Control in action please contact us to visit our Showroom.

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Control4 Lighting Control

Control4 believe that lighting is no longer just a utility for your home. It’s an aesthetic that creates an ideal movie-viewing experience for your family, provides an ambience that is lively for a gathering of guests, adds cheer to your holiday season, and can even set the perfect mood for a date night.

It's not a switch. It’s not a lamp. It’s about setting the perfect scene — every time.

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Control4 Lighting Control

To complement your wider Control4 smart home system, Control4 offer a full wired or wireless range of lighting control system options.

From panelised systems with modules to control each circuit, through to configurable keypads and retrofit solutions, there are options to suit all projects.

Native integration with your Control4 system allows for seamless integration with other AV functions and the possibility to add lighting to overall house scenes.

For the UK, keypads are a fixed size – square  – with a variety of button finishes and faceplate options. There is a new range of flat buttons which are due to start shipping to the UK imminently.

Control4 do not have their own range of blinds or window treatments but can integrate natively with others such as Lutron, Silent Gliss or Somfy and many more.

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Retrofit Solutions

Do you have traditional wiring already in place with no desire to rewire? Then Lutron, Crestron & Control4 all have solutions which can be deployed by simply replacing existing light switches with smart keypads.

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Retrofit Solutions

Using any of our 3 preferred manufacturers (Lutron, Crestron & Control4) it is possible to convert a conventionally wired lighting installation into a smart lighting system

The Ra2 Pico range of keypads offered by Lutron are battery operated and can be used in conjunction with in-line dimmers and in-line switches to create a smart lighting system.

Crestron have a range of ‘CWLI’ keypads and ‘CLCI’ in-line dimmers and switches which can be used to create a whole house system. These keypads have built-in dimming circuits or dual relay circuits making it simple to switch your existing light switch for an intelligent keypad and therefore set scenes and engrave buttons. Crestron retrofit solutions require InfiNET Gateways positioned across the property to create a mesh for them to communicate across – very similar to Wi-Fi access points.

Control4 have a similar system with their configurable keypad range which have built-in dimming or switching capacity supplemented by ‘puck’ dimmers and switches to cater for extra circuits. Control4 require a ZigBee mesh for their keypads to communicate across and this can be achieved via the wider AV installation by using EA1 controllers at each TV location.

If you would like to review the possibilities of upgrading your existing lighting to smart lighting, please contact us for a free onsite consultation.

 

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