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.
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The adoption of smart home technologies continues to rise, with nearly half of renovating homeowners (45%)incorporating smart systems or devices during their renovation projects (Houzz). We’ve seen a substantial growth in demand for intelligent home security devices such as smart doorbell cameras (up 211% from last year according to Argus Insights); our clients are asking for these on almost every installation we do today. Security systems, entertainment, lighting and climate control technologies are also showing a rapid increase in market adoption. More good news: customer satisfaction ratings are remarkably high for these technologies.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 highlights from 2016, and (our predictions for) the top five trends of 2017. Scroll down for more details.
5 Highlights: Smart Home Technology in 2016
Connected thermostats add comfort while dramatically reducing energy consumption within the home. Perhaps that’s why they’ve become “the single most popular smart device in a renovated home,” according to Houzz. Good thing they made our list of Top 5 Tech Trends for 2016. Our pick: Control4
Lighting Design has never been so elegant nor so experience driven. Set scenes to come home to. Light pathways through your home at night. The options are endless. Our pick: Lutron
Voice controlled devices are the star child of 2016 and made our list of Smart Home Technologies in 2017. More details below. Our pick: Amazon Alexa
Advancements in whole home automation systems allow homeowners to adjust lighting, music and temperature; monitor security systems; and manage home entertainment systems from one easy-to-use application. Our pick: Savant or Control4
With all the innovation, one of the biggest challenges we see is the need for homeowners to learn about and find the right technologies for their home. We know it can be overwhelming and we’re here to help. Click through for our Home Technology Guide and our easy-to-use Client Checklist. Then, give us a call.
You can adjust the music, lower the lighting, lock the front door, and see what’s happening on your property…all from right here. Image from Lutron.
Top 5 Smart Home Technology Trends for 2017
There’s a lot of momentum for 2017 as new technologies continue to hit the market and more comprehensive integration capabilities are developed. Here are our top 5 trends to watch in 2017.
Increased partnerships across technologies allow users to cherry-pick the products that work best for them, and integrate functionality across a user friendly network. Did you know that you can now ask Alexa to check if your dryer is finished due to a collaboration with GE? Our favorite: Sonos‘ integration with Lutron
“According to new report from ABI Research: “Voice controlled smart home devices, a device category that barely existed just two years ago, is expected to represent almost 30 percent of smart home device spending by 2021” (Security Info Watch). Hear Kevin Learmann, RSI’s VP of System Consulting, speak with Modern In Denver about his experience with Alexa.
Smart home security systems are on the rise, with smart doorbell cameras and smart detectors leading the way in increased demand (according to Argus Insights, see chart below). And while peepholes have always been awkward, these technologies are solving more than the puzzle of what’s outside. Get notified about fire or gas problems. Monitor and control locks wherever you are. Or, if security from intruders is your goal, big data allows for a social element to your surveillance system: you might hold the keys to solving a crime! Our pick: Doorbird (which integrates well with Control4).
This might be because we live in Colorado (where we get sun 300 days/year) but the smart home technologies for outdoor living have folks stepping up their back yards for year round entertainment. Our picks: Ruckus Wireless for outdoor network connection, Sonance for outdoor audio, and Seura for outdoor TV.
New 4K and HDR televisions offer unbelievable picture quality, featuring 4 times more detail than standard high definition (to be exact). The result: stunning detail, vibrant colors, and a wholly renewed viewing experience. Our pick: the Sony 4K Ultra HD TV.
Want to learn more? Have a different idea for home technology trends in 2017? Reach out or visit our website. We look forward to speaking with you.
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When it comes to automated lighting systems, the options can seem endless, but finding the system that works for you provides the ultimate in convenience.
Consider this: With the touch of a button (or in some cases a programmed setting), you can adjust the ambiance in a room, light up the driveway when returning home, turn off every light in the house as you go to bed, and control the blinds to reduce energy waste.
To give you an overview of the automated lighting options available, let’s compare the top two brands: Control4 and Lutron. Each system offers flexibility and convenience but, by comparing their features against your needs, you can determine which system is right for your home.
No Need to Retrofit or Rewire
Lutron has been the world leader in lighting control systems for more than 60 years with good reason. Using patented wireless technology, this company allows you to install a whole-home lighting control system without retrofitting or rewiring your home.
With Lutron, all of the lights within your home can be seamlessly controlled both in-home and out using a broad array of devices: keypad, remote control,, iPad, iPhone, Android, etc.
Unlimited Options, Designed to Your Specifications
Lutron approaches in-home lighting from a holistic fashion, incorporating window treatments, lighting devices, and seasonal shifts to engineer the perfect lighting design for any situation while saving energy and time.
Take a moment to consider all of the light sources in your living room alone. Now imagine having the flexibility to adjust each element individually from the comfort of your couch. Find a combination you like? Set it as a “scene” so it can be easily recreated. As the masters of ambiance, Lutron makes it easy for you to create and/or pre-set lighting designs to match your activity, your mood, and your company. The controls are in your hands.
Reduce Energy Costs
Lutron’s streamlined user interface allows you to see and adjust all of the lights that are on at any given time. Their solar-adaptive shading software can further reduce energy costs by tackling much of the daytime lighting control for you, bringing in soft, natural light while reducing the need for artificial light.
The Perks of Geofencing
Lutron’s new Geofencing capabilities enhance the customization and convenience of automated lighting systems by enabling you to design action triggers based on the movements within and around your home. Here are just a few examples of how this might come in handy:
Select indoor and outdoor lights turn on as you arrive home
Shades close and lights dim when the house is empty
You are notified if lights are still on when you leave the house
Control4 is a newer company in the field of automated lighting systems but is backed by years in complementary smart home technologies. A Control4 automated lighting system can be installed either during construction or after (wireless), allowing homeowners to adopt the technology at various stages in the design process.
Convenient Keypad Control
All Control4 smart home technologies function through the Control4 platform, an operating system that allows you to cohesively manage your home’s “internet of things” through a simple user interface accessible across multiple devices.
Adjust your lighting with the touch of a button using sleek wall mounted or wireless keypads (a favorite amongst Control4 users); the Control4 user interface on your TV or tablet; or the Control4 mobile application.
With the Control4 automated lighting system, you can dim virtually any type of light, large or small, interior or exterior, incandescent or LED. They offer a continuously expanding list of third-party compatible lighting fixtures so it is easy to identify which devices can or can’t be used with the Control4 technology.
Match your Mood
Like Lutron, the Control4 Lighting System gives you the freedom to adjust ambiance without dealing with the “which lightswitch?” fumble. While Lutron offers more flexibility in crafting the perfect lighting design for your specific mood, Control4 offers users the option of incorporating audio control into their keypads.
What does this mean? One button could simultaneously dim the lights and turn on soft music. Or, set up the inverse as an automated alarm clock: bright lights and loud music. Control4 also makes it easy to incorporate timers and motion sensors into your lighting design—a quick way to boost convenience and security while decreasing energy costs.
Want to adjust the overall lighting system? It is both straightforward and convenient to tweak your lighting design…yourself. No complicated re-programming required.
Control4 was founded in 2003 with the mission “to deliver an elegant and more affordable way to control and automate lighting, music, video, security and energy in a single room or throughout the entire home.” On average, a Control4 lighting system will cost approximately 10% less than a Lutron system, providing a homeowner with substantial cost savings
Cohesive. Elegant. User Friendly. Lower Cost. Integrative Technology.
What are you looking for in an automated lighting system?
For each of the following options, consider which benefit is more important to your needs.
A whole home automated lighting system OR an automated lighting system spanning select areas
Higher costs with a higher level of flexibility OR lower costs with a lower level of flexibility
A platform uniquely tailored to your lighting needs OR a broad platform that integrates with other smart home technologies
Low-level user interaction/broad span of options vs. high-level user interaction/simple user interface
If your answers were more closely aligned with the first option in each of the questions above, we might recommend Lutron. If you tend to prefer the second option, Control4 might be the better choice for your needs. Either way, you can’t go wrong with an automated lighting system in your home.
Which is Right for You?
When selecting an automated lighting system, take some time to decide what features are most important to you, and how you want those to interact with your control devices. A system that feels intuitive and comprehensive will save you time and frustration, and will allow you to make sure that your home is always a “welcome home” for you and your loved ones.
If you’re looking to transform your lighting or looking for whole home automation and don’t know where to start, check out our “Getting Started” checklist. Better yet—Call us to set up a free in-home consultation where we can guide you through the process. Our team of experts can design a lighting that works for your lifestyle. Give us a call at (303) 277-9983.
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