Four Reasons Why Smart Lighting Will Differentiate Your Residential Projects
As a designer, architect, or builder (and we know some of you do all of these), you intuitively understand the importance of lighting in a project. You cringe when you walk into a room with a single light and no cans, and when that one light needs to share its installation with a ceiling fan. You don’t want to see an art niche that missed an opportunity to be highlighted with the right spotlighting.
While you understand lighting, you might be on the fence about smart lighting control for your projects in Memorial and Houston. Texans are straightforward and might ask, “what's so smart about lighting?”
Smart lighting is all about bringing today’s intelligent technology to bear on the lowly light switch. And there are many advantages to smart lighting over banks of light switches. While smart lighting is not particularly difficult to retrofit into existing homes, it’s even easier to take advantage of all the features if it’s designed in from the start.
Read on to learn more about why smart lighting control is a smart feature to add to your projects.
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Coastal Source Landscape Lighting Puts Your Designs in the Best Light
Designers, architects, and builders take pride in their work. They sweat many details to ensure their designs fit the overall style they are trying to achieve. Good designers go the extra mile to add a little detail that may go undiscovered for some time but will be a pleasant surprise that adds to a client's continued enjoyment.
A lot of work may go into the outside design of a home, but often people don’t get to appreciate the detail. When the sun goes down, much of that detail might be lost. Similarly, the investment in outside spaces like patios and gardens may not be as visible either. With proper planning, that work can stand out as it should.
We appreciate the night sky in the Woodlands, so we don’t want to light up properties like the Vegas strip. But the judicious use of a variety of lighting styles and techniques can elevate the beauty of your work in a way that provides a totally different ambiance at night. We work with Coastal Source for outdoor landscape lighting because of the extraordinary quality and variety they bring to lighting. Read on for some lighting ideas to incorporate into your next project.
Make Sure Your Projects Are Ready for Tomorrow’s Smart Technology
We’ve written before about smart devices and home automation. As you know, there are many choices in smart technology available in the market. Many of your clients might think that home automation is about a collection of smart devices that can be cobbled together to make a smart home.
We want to present a different, more comprehensive view of smart home technology and automation. It is not about offering apps on a smartphone to control a light or a camera, nor is about another form of remote control away from home. Smart technology, ultimately, is about total home integration. What do we mean by that?
Traditionally, home systems and functions do not work with or talk with each other. Heating and cooling is its own subsystem. Electrical outlets and lighting are another. Water and plumbing are another, and the typical irrigation system does not tie into anything either. Consider pool and spa equipment as well. While those systems may not change much in terms of what they do, what is radically changing is how they are controlled, how they can report and inform on what they are doing, and how they can be made to work in tandem with other functions.
As designers and builders, you want to plan residences for your clients that are ready for this new integrated future. That means planning for the infrastructure that will support smart technologies. In most cases, we can't accurately anticipate what technology will be available 5-10 years down the road, but we can plan for the foundation that makes it easy to integrate new technology.
So how do you plan for the new future of total home integration in your Memorial, TX projects? Keep reading to learn more.
Heighten the Sophistication of Your Home Designs
A great home design incorporates many ideas. There’s the exterior view; how it looks from the street and its curb appeal. How do the windows play, letting light inside, but also how they look and balance the outside look. What unique exterior finishes or features distinguish this home and makes it stand out?
As a designer, architect, or builder, you know these things better than we do. But we do understand home technology and the role that lighting can play in differentiating a home, highlighting its best aspects, and creating the right ambiance for a home. Any good photographer knows the role that light plays in capturing an image. With the proper lighting, what could be a mundane photo can turn into a spectacular and memorable picture.
Landscape lighting can have that effect on the exteriors of a property. Let us postulate this: if you include the effect of landscape lighting from the beginning on your next home project in the Woodlands, you will multiply the impact of your imaginative designs. Intrigued? Read on for some ideas.
Smart Lighting is More Than a Luxury
Did you know that lighting control is the number one smart home feature requested by homeowners when doing any significant remodel or building a new house? It’s very logical – lighting control can save energy, enhance convenience, and even add a layer of security.
You may think of home lighting control for your River Oaks home as a luxury item – and you'd be right, as it's not an absolute necessity. But businesses implement lighting control too because they can take advantage of those same benefits we just described. And those businesses are not doing it as a luxury; they recognize the bottom line benefits of time, money, and improved environmental stewardship.
As a standalone solution, lighting control makes absolute sense on its own. But Refined Systems is a smart home integration company, and we do more than lighting control. We can show you that when you add other smart home features to lighting control, it becomes even more powerful and useful – for convenience, energy savings and security.
Ready to see how? Just keep reading.
Two Ways to Benefit from Lutron Lighting Control
One of the most popular categories of smart home technology is lighting control systems. Lighting systems can range from the relatively simple to very sophisticated automated installations. One of the first benefits that springs to mind from lighting control might be the potential energy savings. Using lights only when needed, and turning them off automatically when they’re not can yield substantial savings on energy bills.
Clearly, energy savings can be a big factor, especially when lighting control is combined with other smart home features like intelligent climate and motorized shade control. With our hot and humid Houston climate, smart control can deliver significant savings in electric bills in the warmer months. But there is another considerable reward which comes with lighting control in additional security for your property. In this blog, we'll cover the two most important reasons why you should invest in a Lutron lighting control system for your Houston home.
3 Ideas to Reap The Benefits of Smart Home Technology
If you have heard a lot about smart home technology, you know there are a plethora of devices out there that promise to make your life so much easier. Smart devices can make your home function better, adding convenience, luxury, and often energy savings too.
But what are the best ways to really take advantage of this technology? Some solutions add real value, and some are more of a novelty that may not make much difference in your daily life. In this blog, we want to identify what we believe are the best smart home control applications that will make your life easier, day in and day out in Houston.
Read on to find out more!
Make the Most of Your Landscape Investment
Perhaps you are thinking of building – or remodeling – a pool and patio in your River Oaks home. Along with that will come an investment in landscaping, to set off the new additions, and create a beautiful and serene environment for your outdoor relaxation.
With our warm Texas weather, we have a long spring and summer season that’s perfect for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining. So don’t forget about landscape lighting in your project – it can make the most out of your lawn, garden, and outdoor spaces.
Read on to see how.
Enjoy the Houston, TX Summer Nights in Style
It’s officially summer. The weather is warm, the sun stays out late and it’s the perfect time to get the family together for a big cookout. But before you head to the backyard, you want to make sure it looks great and can keep your family safe well into the night. That’s why now is the perfect time to upgrade your Houston, TX property with landscape lighting solutions. In this blog, we’ll explore why outdoor lighting fixtures are the perfect addition to your lighting control system. Read on to learn more.
Give Your Texas Home a More Refined Look with Smart Technology
If you follow our blog, you’ve learned all about the ways that home automation can make your property more energy efficient, comfortable, and convenient. But why stop there? Smart technology is also a great way to make your home look more stunning and impressive! The right countertops and wall décor can only go so far. If you truly want your home to inspire and impress, here are three solutions you should consider:
The Right Outdoor Lighting Will Make Your Texas Home Look Its Best
When giving your home that extra curb appeal, you need to do it right the first time. Just like with indoor lighting design, landscape lighting requires expert skill and knowledge to make your home look its best. For homeowners in The Woodlands area who are considering doing a lighting upgrade, it’s important to choose a landscaping professional who knows how to avoid these common mistakes:
Smart Home Automation Creates a Luxury Theater Experience
Creating that larger than life cinematic experience in your home theater requires more than just a 4K UHD screen and surround sound. Top-quality A/V equipment can certainly create a good theater environment, but if you feel like something is missing from the dedicated home theater in your Houston, TX residence, you might be right. Below, we discuss how smart home automation can greatly enhance your movie-watching experience.