What is a Lighting Control System or SMART Lighting?
- Lighting Control systems are a a group of intelligent network controlled devices that allow various interfaces such as switches, touchscreens, devices such as occupancy sensors or other building systems to have light(s) respond in a pre-programmed manner. An example would be when a user initiates a "watch movie" button (the interface) the lights would dim to an ideal level in the movie room and shut off elsewhere int he house (the response)
- SMART Lighting can be another way to say Lighting Control System however most people correlate SMART Lighting to energy savings, energy efficiency or compliance with Green Building.
Lighting Control can be accomplished in a number of ways:
- Simply replacing existing light switches with switches that communicate through a wireless connection back to a controller is a great option for existing homes. This allows the homeowner the ability to take advantage of pre-programmed lighting scenes, set automatic on/off times for specific lights that follow the seasons (i.e. 15 minutes before dusk where that 15 minutes follows longer and shorter days)
- Installation of a dedicated lighting control panel in which high voltage wire is landed within a specific panel and switches are controlled with low voltage wiring (better option when remodeling is taking place or during new construction. This allows the lighting control panel to be programmed in the same fashion as the example listed above.