Intelligent Lighting

A smart lighting control system allows you to have control over each and every lighting circuit within your property. Once a circuit is added to the system you can then control the circuit independently or as part of a group or scene from your Smart Home Control system.

The most common scene used in a house with Lighting Control is an ‘All Off’ function assigned to a keypad by the Entrance Door or next to the Master Bed. With a single touch you can ensure all the lights are switched off before you leave the property or go to bed at night.

Lighting Control is typically implemented during a construction project when the lighting is being cabled by the electricians. If you are opting for a lighting control system the wiring is different to a conventional lighting installation. All the circuits are cabled back to central enclosure locations as opposed to being cabled back to local switches within the rooms.

If you are renovating an existing property and not rewiring the lighting there are still ways in which to implement lighting control retrospectively.

Why have a Lighting Control System?

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Time Saving

Our time is so precious, we believe in finding ways to streamline the repetitive tasks you complete each day to provide you with more time. Leaving the house does not need to include running from room to room switching off lights. You can achieve this with a simple 'All Off' by the front door if you have a lighting control system.

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Scene Setting

You can create scenes with a lighting control system that change the ambience of a property at the touch of a button. An evening scene for example can switch off the main lights, switch on table lamps and bedside lights and lower the blinds or close the curtains throughout the whole house.

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Energy Efficient

Dimming lights by just 10% can produce significant energy savings without even being noticeable. Ensuring lights are switched off when rooms are not in use also saves significant amount of energy. A lighting control system helps you to become more energy efficient at home.

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Better Lighting

The right lighting can bring a room or space to life. If you have invested time and budget into a well planned lighting scheme for your home it is important this is optimised. A lighting control system allows you to set scenes to use your lighting as it was intended.

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Integrated AV Functionality

Your keypads can also be programmed to include AV functions if you have a wider smart home. For example, a 'breakfast' scene could turn on the radio to your favourite station as well as opening the blinds and switching on the lights

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Improved Safety

If you are going on holiday you can activate a 'vacation mode' which would mock your occupation of the house so it appears you are still home. When you are home you can also add external PIRs to trigger events or lights coming on if presence is detected during the night

Our role as Lighting Control Designers

There is sometimes an element of confusion in regards to our role as lighting control designers and implementers. We often work alongside a lighting designer who will be responsible for designing the lighting installation which includes making decisions about the types of light fittings and the circuitry within the rooms. We also work on projects where there is no lighting designer and we are controlling an installation which is already in place in partnership with the electricians or architects.

In either instance, our role as lighting control designers is to control the lighting installation. Therefore we will gather information in regards to how many circuits are in each room and what lights are on each circuit. For example there may be a pendant in the Master Bedroom, along with a circuit of downlights and a 5Amp either side of the bed. We will draw this information together into a lighting control circuit schedule and then discuss how each circuit is to be controlled.

There are 4 main methods to control a circuit of lights – traditional mains dimming (or phase dim), relay (on/off only), 0-10v dimming or Dali dimming. We will cross check the specification of the chosen light fittings to advise in regards to which method of control is preferred.

We will then calculate how many lighting control modules are needed and therefore how many enclosures are needed and how big these will be. We then produce information showing the sizes so spaces can be found for them. We liaise with the electricians so they understand what is required and we detail the keypad wiring topology in our design pack.

We use our years of experience to help cross check keypad placement and circuitry to ensure that no oversights are made and that the system is fully functional and flexible for whatever changes may be requested in the future.

Our Lighting Control Solutions

Lutron Lighting Control

Lutron are pioneers in smart home technology focussing solely on lighting control and automated window treatments. Create magical experiences in any space with Lutron's smart dimmers, controls, shades, & lighting. Simple solutions for homeowners and professionals.

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Lutron Lighting Control

We have been designing, supplying and installing Lutron systems for over 15 years and all our engineers are trained and qualified Lutron programmers.

We predominantly specify hard-wired, centralised Lutron Homeworks QS systems which have a central enclosure, modules to control each channel/circuit of lighting and then Lutron keypads within the rooms. Lutron also have retrofit options using their Ra2 range and Pico keypads.

Lutron have a wide range of keypads from the original Seetouch through to the more modern Palladiom and Alisse models. We can also match other outlets within the rooms by using a Focus SB/Palladiom combination in a range of bespoke metal plates.

Lutron are market leaders in automated window treatments ranging from Sivoia Roller Shades and motorised curtain tracks, right through to bespoke tensioned shading systems for roof lights. Anything is possible.

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Crestron Lighting Control

The right lighting turns an ordinary room into an extraordinary space. It welcomes you home and keeps intruders away. It contributes to your physical and emotional wellness. It sets the right mood for any activity. With the Crestron smart home platform, customisable control of all your lighting – and everything else in your home – is simple and smart.

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Crestron Lighting Control

Crestron also offer a full range of lighting control solutions from a full panelised system, usually specified as part of a construction project, right through to retrofit solutions.

If you have a wider Crestron system in place, automating the other systems in your home, then it is a natural choice to opt for Crestron for your lighting control system so that the lighting is a native part of the programming ecosystem.

Crestron have a wide range of keypads. Our favourites are the Cameo and the Horizon, both can be seen in our Showroom. These come with many different options of faceplates designed to match your interior design. The buttons will be engraved to ensure that the system is simple to use by any member of the family.

Crestron also have a full complementary range of automated window treatments such as Roller Blinds, Curtain Tracks, Roman Blinds and more.

Please contact us for a tour of our Showroom where you can see Crestron Lighting Control in action.

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Control4 Lighting Control

Lighting is no longer just a utility for your home. It’s an aesthetic that creates an ideal movie-viewing experience for your family, provides an ambience that is lively for a gathering of guests, adds cheer to your holiday season, and even sets the perfect mood for a date night.

It’s not a switch. It’s not a lamp. It’s about setting the perfect scene—every time.

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Control4 Lighting Control

Control4 also offer a full wired or wireless range of lighting control system options to complement your wider Control4 smart home.

From panelised systems with modules to control each circuit through to configurable keypads and retrofit solutions there are options to suit all projects.

Native integration with your Control4 system allows for seamless integration with other AV functions and the possibility to add lighting to overall house scenes.

The keypads are a fixed size – square for the UK, with a variety of button finishes and faceplate options. There is a new range of flat buttons which are also due to start shipping in the UK imminently.

Control4 do not have their own range of blinds or window treatments but they do integrate natively with others such as Lutron, Silent Gliss or Somfy and many more.

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Retrofit Solutions

Traditional wiring already in place and no desire to rewire? Then Crestron, Lutron & Control4 all have solutions which can be deployed by simply replacing existing light switches with smart keypads.

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Retrofit Solutions

It is possible to convert a conventionally wired lighting installation into a smart lighting system using either of these three main manufacturers.

Lutron have a Ra2 Pico range of keypads which are battery operated and can be used in conjunction with in-line dimmers and in-line switches to create a smart lighting system.

Crestron have a range of ‘CWLI’ keypads and ‘CLCI’ in-line dimmers and switches which can also be used to create a whole house system. These keypads have built in dimming circuits or dual relay circuits making it simple to switch your existing light switch for an intelligent keypad and therefore set scenes and engrave buttons. Crestron retrofit solutions require InfiNET Gateways positioned across the property to create a mesh for them to communicate across – very similar to Wi-Fi access points.

Control4 also have a similar system with their configurable keypad range which has built-in dimming or switching capacity supplemented by ‘puck’ dimmers and switches to cater for extra circuits. Control4 require a ZigBee mesh for their keypads to communicate across and we usually achieve this through the wider AV installation by using EA1 controllers at each TV location.

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