4 Ways Smart Lighting Control Saves You Money
Find Out How an Automated System Cuts Down on Your Energy Bills
No technology in your Edina, Minnesota home is used as often as your lighting. But when new upgrades are considered, few people think about home lighting control. A smart solution not only increases the security and comfort of your home, but it also makes it more efficient. At both the residential and commercial level, smart lighting offers a great return on investment. Below, we'll take a look at some of the ways it can help you reduce your energy bills.
There are a few ways motion sensors can be incorporated into your home lighting control system to conserve energy and save money. You can have these sensors along walkways or hallways, so they light up as you walk past when people visit at night or if you want to go for a midnight snack. You can also incorporate them as occupancy sensors. How many times have you had to yell at the kids when they left a light on after leaving a room? Use motion sensors so lights automatically turn off when a room has been unoccupied for some time.
Schedules within your home lighting control system can make a huge difference as well. Their most popular application is in landscape lighting. Ensure you’re only using outdoor lights when needed by having them turn on at 7 p.m. and then turn off at 7 a.m. You can adjust the schedule throughout the year according to the season. Another common use is having a “Shut Off” scene at the end of the night. At 12 a.m., have all the lights in the house turn off so none are accidently left on overnight.
Centralized and Remote Control
By consolidating everything within one home lighting control solution, you can easily manage your technology. Through a touchpad, tablet or smartphone, pull up your system to see which lights are on throughout the house. If you notice a light is on, turn it off even if you’re not in the same room. If you have the Contro4 app, you can even manage your lights when you’re not home. Notice a light was left on in the kitchen when you left the house? Just pull up your phone to turn it off.
Improved Dimmer Efficiency
One of the quickest ways to reduce your energy consumption is through dimmers. With your Control4 system, you can dim lights from 0-100 percent. Find the perfect setting for a given activity and save it in a scene. A “Reading” scene dims lights at 75 percent while a “Movie” scene dims them to 10 percent. It’s likely you’re wasting energy in your home right now by having lights at full intensity when it's not needed. With a smart lighting solution, you never have to worry about that again.
Embrace the LED Revolution
Our home lighting control systems are compatible with LED and incandescent bulbs. As part of your upgrade to a smart solution, we can help you transfer all your fixtures to LED bulbs. LED bulbs only use 6-9 watts compared to 60 watts for incandescent ones. Even without adjusting your lighting usage, you can save hundreds of dollars a year simply by updating your technology.
Are you interested in a home upgrade that will show a quick return on investment? Schedule an appointment with us to install a smart lighting solution.