Removing Blue Light as the Day Passes and Why You Should Have That Power

Until artificial lighting was invented, our main source of lighting came from the sun. People were content to spend their evenings in relative darkness. Today, much of our world is illuminated and though it has been a blessing for years, we are now finding out it may not be the blessing we thought it was. Seems we’ve been taking lumens for granted all this time.

Blue Light

We understand that very strong light will cause irritation or pain, think of staring at a very bright lightbulb, and that low light will cause us strain, think reading in low light.

What we have learned though over time is that the waves of light beaming toward us causes varying effects. Blue wavelengths for instance, are extremely beneficial during the daylight hours. They boost attention, reaction times and can act as a mood stabilizer. Blue wavelengths at night though presents a problem. The problem of blue light is more known with mobile phones and computer screens, and manufacturers are combating that with a “night mode” that removes blue light from the screen. However, as LED’s become the norm blue light waves are more present than ever, increasing our exposure after sundown, when we least need them.

A phototoxic effect

In a recent French study, the French Health Authority has warned of the “phototoxic effects” of blue light short-term high intensity exposure. The study claims that there is an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration after continuous exposure to lower-intensity sources like electronic devices and LED lighting, to name a couple. Blue light will also affect the circadian rhythm of people who tend to stay up later than normal (Your circadian rhythm keeps your internal ‘clock’ aligned with the rise and setting of the sun). It will also cause your body to reduce production of melatonin, a hormone that influences circadian rhythms at night and needed to relax and get a good night’s rest.

While light of any kind can affect and suppress secretion of melatonin, blue light at night does this with quite a bit more power. Its effect can shift circadian rhythms by as much as 3 hours.

Leading a healthier life, letting blue light go as the day passes

Personalized lighting is the ability to adjust lighting in your home to any event, time, temperature, architectural feature by putting the smart technology in the lighting system and using a central panel to control the light wavelengths.

Color shifting is a major advantage of this type of home lighting design. Think of it like adjusting your mobile phone to nighttime viewing. You will receive less harmful wavelengths while being unaffected by the light itself so seeing your surroundings remains virtually the same. Color shifting also follows your circadian rhythm to give you that ‘warm’ lighting when needed the most, at night.

This smart lighting design moves toward a ‘human-centric’ circadian light response to your environment, rather than leaving you with no options to control the blue light wavelengths as the day passes.

Human centric lighting brings natural lighting indoors, designed to stimulate your mind during daytime to maximize productivity while dimming any damaging blue light in the evening to allow for a better night’s rest.

It’s a fact that human centric lighting is the biggest breakthrough in residential lighting since the dimmer was invented by Lutron in 1959. Controlling the ability to reduce damaging light for you and your family is simply one of the best residential technologies to have come along in a while!

If you’re interested about learning more, call us today!

Lighting Control Options by Lutron

Until about 10 years ago, lighting was simple. You screwed in a bulb and switched it on or off. Today, this experience is dramatically different.

Investing in smart lighting technology for your home is no longer a should-do, it’s a must-have. Why? Lighting is critical to everything you do inside of your home, from waking and sleeping to dining and entertaining.

With smart lighting you can:
– Program intuitive lighting scenes based on how and when you use a space
– Control energy costs with automated fixtures
– Highlight your home’s architecture, artwork and design
– Mimic the sun’s natural light patterns indoors
– Enjoy the mood and productivity-boosting effects of different light temperatures
– Increase security while you’re away


Why We Work With Lutron

There are a lot of choices on the market for smart lighting. At Residential Systems Inc., we have chosen to work with Lutron because of their robust platform of leading-edge products that fit into homes of any size and meet most budgets.


The Home Technology Revolution: Personalized Lighting

As pioneers of innovation, Lutron recently added personalized lighting options for residential applications, giving homeowners the ability to customize their lighting like never before.

This revolutionary technology makes it possible to wake up with bright, energizing cool light and end the day with warmer tones to reaffirm your body’s circadian rhythm for a better night’s sleep.

Personalized lighting can also create exciting scenes with color saturation— illuminate your home with the colors of your favorite sports team, or add a festive splash of color to your holiday decorations. The possibilities are virtually endless.


Don’t Forget Shades

You can’t control the light in the home without controlling the greatest light source of them all, the sun. Uncontrolled daylight causes glare, fades surfaces, and increases the temperature within the home. By adding automated shades into your lighting control strategy, you can create the exact desired look and feel inside your home, at any time during the day.


Complex Systems Made Simple With Expert Integration

Most of these new systems are centered around LED technology embedded in the fixture, which has changed the game not just for performance, but also for installation and integration.

These complex systems are made simple and user-friendly when you use a trusted integrator like Residential Systems Inc. We understand the intricate infrastructure needed to wire a home for emerging technologies, and provide the quickest and easiest way to bring these new technologies home. It’s also advisable to combine your integrator with an experienced lighting designer and a good electrician to maximize the benefits.


A Worthy Investment

Despite the increased complexity of the installation process, smart lighting solutions are less expensive than you think. And, the investment is well worth the upfront cost. You will be able to use it for the next 20+ years with periodic upgrades to the system.

Which features are on your must-have list? Use this chart to see which lighting solution will fit your needs.

WATCH IT WORK: How Personalized Lighting Can Improve Your Daily Life

Arguably the biggest breakthrough of our time in residential lighting, Personalized and Human Centric Lighting are changing the way we interact with our environment.

This revolutionary technology is so leading-edge that Residential Systems Inc is one of the only showrooms in the region to install a fully functioning system where we can showcase to clients how it works in real life.  

In this video, CEO Travis Leo explains how Personalized Lighting:

  • Allows homeowners to dynamically adjust light temperature, tone and color in any room
  • Promotes energized mornings and restful nights via human-centric circadian light patterns
  • Optimizes the appearance of artwork, paint colors and textures throughout a home
  • Accentuates architectural features and design elements
  • Sets the mood
  • Adds life and fun to a party

Want to know more? Tune into the video for a crash course, or stop by our showroom for a live demo and witness the difference intelligent lighting makes in a space.



The Latest Home Technology for Interior Design

Samsung Frame TV

Residential Systems Inc. turned 31 years old on June 1. While we’ve witnessed the world of home technology change dramatically over the last 30+ years, one thing has remained the same: Our dedication to bringing the most innovative technology and leading-edge integration techniques into your clients’ homes.

With products ranging from automated lighting and shades, to invisible speakers, TVs that virtually disappear, 4K projectors and screens, and endless ways to customize each, we understand that it can be difficult to sift through the options to find the ideal solution.

The good news? We stay on top of trends so you can focus on design.

Our goal is to eliminate confusion, and provide you with products that not only revolutionize your client’s experience within their homes, but also transform the way you customize your spaces.

Here are a few of our top home-tech picks that are bringing excitement and innovation to interior design in 2018.

Frame TV

The 4K revolution made Samsung’s Frame TV possible. With more than a billion shades of color and four times the resolution of HD, the 4K HDR Pro creates an almost lifelike picture.

This level of resolution not only provides the ultimate viewing experience, it also informs the dual nature of the technology, which can transform into a beautiful work of art with the click of a button. “Art Mode” provides homeowners with a way to effectively hide the TV when not in use by displaying an LED gallery-quality piece that’s indistinguishable from the real thing.

The artwork can then be complemented with a combination of frame material as well as matte layout and color, with thousands of options to choose from. Homeowners can also display their personal photos as art, switching them out at any given time.

The Frame TV changes the game for what you can do with design. No more “deciding what to do with the TV” or creating custom solutions to conceal it.

Interested in learning more? Contact us for additional details and a pricing sheet.

samsung frame tv

Lutron’s Palladiom Shades & Keypads

Made by the pioneers of automated window treatments, Lutron’s newest automated shade provides a silent and stylish application specifically crafted to complement interior design.

Unlike other Lutron products, Palladiom was made to be seen. Designed with an exposed roller, concealed wiring and clean lines, it seamlessly blends into architecture, making it the most elegant form of automated shade. And, with thousands of fabrics and dozens of metal and bracket finishes, Lutron’s customization options ensure each shade suits the space.

As with all Lutron products, Palladiom activates at the touch of a button. Plus, the system is fully compatible with the beautiful Palladiom keypad and thermostats, which were designed with high-style in mind—a true celebration of design.

RSI is one of only a handful of dealers in the country where you can test drive Palladiom shades. Contact us today to set up an appointment to see this elegant system in person.

lutron keypad

Personalized / Human-Centric Lighting

Experts agree that Personalized and Human Centric Lighting is the biggest breakthrough in residential lighting, and Residential Systems Inc. is one of the first to bring this technology to you. Here’s why we’re excited about this type of lighting for the interior design community:

interior lighting

Human-Centric Perspective

Like Night Shift on your iPhone, Human Centric Lighting automatically helps people tune into their circadian rhythm.

This technology, powered by what is called “tunable white light”, brings natural lighting indoors, stimulating the mind in daytime for greater productivity and dimming light at night for better sleep.

According to scientists around the world, this technology promotes better sleep, enhances performance, and overall, encourages a happier and healthier lifestyle.

human centric led bulbs

human centric lighting

Personalized Lighting

This lighting technology also revolutionizes the way your clients experience their home with light across the color spectrum.

While the Human-Centric experience is one aspect of “tunable white light” technology, we have discovered that homeowners also like some of the more dramatic lighting options ranging the full color spectrum from warm and cool to playful colors like red, blue, yellow, etc.

With warm and cool settings, paint, fabric and everything in between can be continuously illuminated with the correct light, no matter the time of day.


A snowy landscape portrait illuminated with cool tones looks crisp and clear, whereas a colorful still life under the same light looks stale and flat.


Showcase exquisite fabric and draperies the way they were meant to be seen at any time of day with strategically placed light fixtures. Cool tones look crisp under a cool light setting, while warm tones appear more vibrant under the perfect mix.


Dinner parties, kids birthday parties, or everyday living room dance parties will never be the same with customized color experiences. The Personalized Lighting concept allows your client to change the tones in a room to match the mood. Spanning the spectrum, color options help create illuminated experiences that are personal and unique.

Interested in seeing this type of lighting in action? Our new showroom has a fully functional home theater room where you can live demo the systems for your clients.

Contact us today to set up an appointment to test drive this revolutionary technology that’s changing the way we live and work.

Improve Your Every Day with Human-Centric Lighting

Like shifting the light on your smartphone to night mode, the latest home lighting technology helps you tune into your circadian rhythm so you can sleep better, wake up refreshed, and even improve your mood.

Experts agree that Human-Centric lighting is the biggest breakthrough in residential lighting and Residential Systems Inc. is one of the first to bring this technology to you.


What is Human-Centric Light?

Human-Centric Lighting is the latest innovation in lighting technology.  It brings natural lighting indoors, stimulating the mind in daytime for greater productivity and dimming light at night for better sleep.

Natural light is the number one component in setting our body clocks. These circadian rhythms tell us when to wake and when to sleep, and are critical to good health—hormone production, metabolism and sleep/wake cycles.

Unfortunately, 90% of our day is spent indoors, surrounded by artificial light and computer screens. Most of this indoor lighting is designed only for energy efficiency, making it too dim in the day and too bright in the evening.


Wellness Built-In

With Human-Centric Light, the wellness possibilities are powerful. According to scientists around the world, this technology can lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Healthy Light Improves:

  • Sleep time up to 46 minutes
  • Sleep quality, up to 10-15%
  • Productivity up 5-25%
  • Mood, up 5-10%


Using customizable LED bulbs that range in color and intensity from a candlelight-like 2200K to a midday bright 6000K, Human-Centric Lighting automatically alters the light throughout the day to maintain harmony with your circadian rhythm.

There are thousands of ways to program these systems based on chosen health, wellness, and productivity benefits:

  • Mimic the natural daylight cycle to synchronize your internal clock and fall asleep more easily
  • Access bright, sunlight-quality lighting indoors at any time to decrease depression and improve overall mental health
  • Improve study or work habits with a specific frequency known to increase productivity


See Your Home In A New Light

Human-Centric Light not only makes you feel better, it also makes everything in your home look better. From paint to fabric and everything in between, your interiors can be continuously illuminated with the correct light, no matter the time of day.

For example, imagine how this luminary mixology will affect your art collection:

A snowy landscape portrait illuminated with cool tones looks crisp and clear, whereas a colorful still life under the same light looks stale and flat. With Human-Centric Light, your design is always seen the way it was meant to be seen.


Innovative Products Deserve Expert Integration

Human-Centric Light is a new innovation that requires sophisticated expert programming and integration to deliver the best performance.

Residential Systems Inc. is one of the only home technology integrators with the expertise to seamlessly integrate the technology into your current lighting systems.

You can experience the benefits of Human-Centric Lighting solutions at our showroom. Immerse yourself in the rhythm of various types of light, and discover how this leading-edge innovation can help maintain a higher level of health for you and your family. For more information on our automated lighting systems, or to speak to a representative, call (303) 277-9983 or contact us via the web.