How Your Smart Home Lighting Control System Can Save You Energy
Here’s How Lighting Can Limit Energy Consumption Throughout Your House
At Bravo AV, we often work with homeowners that are looking to make their properties more energy efficient.
The following question commonly arises: How?
If you’re looking for a long-term, energy-efficient solution for your home in the Chatham area or elsewhere in the state of New Jersey, our team can help.
As one of the state’s leading home technology integrators, we have decades of combined experience designing and installing energy-efficient technology systems in local homes.
One of the best ways you can limit your home’s energy consumption is to upgrade your home’s lighting controls – to one that’s designed with energy efficiency in mind.
In this blog, we explore how a smart home lighting control solution can save you and your family energy this fall and beyond.
LEDs + Dimmers
Over the past few years, LED light bulbs have becoming increasingly more popular. There’s a good reason why.
A high-quality LED bulb that’s ENERGY STAR-rated, for example, can use 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
If you overhaul your home’s lighting to feature LED bulbs, you instantly can save energy and can make your bulbs last longer.
But if you want to truly make the most of an energy-efficient lighting solution, we recommend pairing LED lights with a smart home lighting control system.
What do we mean by this? Consider that in most homes, the typical lighting control solution is the on/off switch. Either lights are turned on to full brightness, or they are off entirely.
Some rooms might feature a dimmer, but that dimmer is only confined to the wall plate.
At Bravo AV, however, we use Lutron lighting control technology to deliver energy-efficient solutions that work exceptionally well with LED lights.
With a Lutron system, you’ll not only be able to replace your standard in-wall plates with ones that can dim lights and even match the interior design style of each room, but you also will have the ability to control your home’s entire lighting systems from the convenience of a smartphone or tablet application.
This is especially helpful if you want to keep energy efficiency a priority. With the ability to customize brightness levels at just the tap of your screen, you can save even more energy than through just LED bulbs. You also can create and save lighting scenes for any room at your preferred brightness levels and access them through an in-wall keypad or your mobile application.
We highly recommend a lighting control system that features both LED bulbs and smart dimming technologies. This way, even while you are consuming energy, you still are saving.
Far too often, our children or we leave the light on in a room – wasting energy for hours and even potentially days at a time.
With a smart home lighting control solution, though, you can remotely access and manage your home’s lighting systems from anywhere in the world. So, if you are at the office and want to make sure that your kids turned off the bathroom or bedroom lights before they left for school in the morning, you can check and remotely turn them off from your desk chair miles from home.
But what if you simply forget to check or you remember to check several hours after the workday has started?
Our Lutron lighting installations can include vacancy sensors in any room throughout your house – so that if the space is empty after a set amount of time, the area’s lights automatically turn off.
That’s one of our favorite features of owning a smart lighting system: It will automatically work to make your home more energy efficient.
And if you ever want to double-check to make sure all of your home’s lights are off before you fall asleep in the evening, all you need to do is press a button on an in-wall keypad near your bed or your smartphone application.
Integrations with Other Smart Home Technologies
When looking to invest in a smart home lighting system, we believe it’s essential you find one that integrates well with other smart home technologies.
While smart lighting is a fantastic first step to achieving a genuinely energy-efficient house, it’s not the only home technology that can deliver efficiency benefits.
For example, if you add motorized shades to your house, you can schedule them to raise at sunrise and for them to lower at sunset – allowing solar heat gain during daytime hours and retaining heat in the evening, reducing your home’s reliance on heating costs during the winter.
A Lutron lighting control system integrates with motorized shades, smart thermostats and several other home technologies, meaning that it can be just one part of an entirely energy-efficient house.
Our team at Bravo AV can help by providing you with detailed recommendations, system designs, installations and ongoing maintenance and support.
If you want to learn more about smart home lighting control for your home in the Chatham area, we encourage you to check out our knowledge center for more information or to reach out to us if you have any questions.
You can contact us today by either calling (908) 953-0555 or by chatting live with us below. We look forward to hearing from you!