All smart home or home automation installations are different, but there are a few common starting points among those who are making such upgrades to their home. One great example, and also one of the single most popular areas to begin with for your smart home upgrades: Smart home lighting.
At AVI Systems, our home automation services feature a wide array of smart home solutions, including numerous lighting features and options for both inside and outside your home. In this two-part blog series, we’ll dig into everything you need to know about automated home lighting systems – what they are, how they’re installed, plus some general tips on their capabilities and which you should prioritize for your installation.
Smart Lighting Defined
The term “smart lighting” isn’t used to describe any single sort of technology or fixture, but rather a grouping of systems that allow for the lighting throughout your home to be controlled and interconnected. Through a combination of keypads, apps, touchscreens, remotes or even voice assistants, you have the ability to control your lighting throughout the space, changing both colors and hues in every single room.
With a single motion or action, you can set an entire lighting scene in a given room – plus start audio playing or perform another smart home function simultaneously. The best thing about such systems for many is the way they integrate throughout the entire home automation system, allowing for combinations of solutions.
Basic Installation Formats
Generally speaking, there are two primary installation formats for smart home lighting:
- Centralized lighting: Usually used for new-build homes or those undergoing major renovations, centralized lighting involves connecting your smart home lights to a central location that’s very similar to an electrical breaker box. This box is hardwired, connected to the smart home controller in a way that allows for full control over all lighting.
- Wireless lighting: More common during retro-fitting situations, this is an option where the same wires are used as your current lights – but the regular switches are replaced by smart switches or a keypad, then connected to the brain or controller through this method.
As we touched on above, the capabilities allowed by smart home lighting systems are wide-ranging. They allow for single-touch or even voice control of your entire home’s lighting system, plus numerous areas of predictive lighting – systems can be trained to turn lights on when the garage opens for someone coming home, for instance, or to dim lights after a certain hour at night when home occupants are winding down for sleep. Finally, smartphones and related technology allow you to control these features from anywhere, so you can turn lights off from work if you accidentally left them on or perform similar tasks as-needed.
For more on smart lighting systems, or to learn about any of our home automation or home security systems, speak to the staff at AVI Systems today.