In the home of the future, every feature you can dream of will be synchronized in perfect harmony. It may sound far off, but it’s not as out of reach as you may think! New technological advances are making homes increasingly intuitive and more automated. One of the latest developments in automated homes is integrating outdoor lighting. Homeowners can now sync their lighting systems with other automated features inside their homes, all with the touch of a button on their smartphone.
Here’s why running your outdoor lighting on a connected platform will continue to grow in popularity among homeowners:
1. It’s Convenient.
Simply put, synchronizing your lighting system makes life easier. It allows you to remotely control your outdoor lights so you don’t have to hassle with outdoor switches, especially during unpleasant weather. Plus, it gives you more flexibility, which we’ll elaborate on later.
2. It Saves You Time.
When you can control all the important features of your home from one device – a portable one, at that – you have more time to focus on the things that matter, like your family, career, and hobbies.
3. It’s State-of-the-Art.
If your home is filled with the latest and greatest technology, then automating all of your gadgets is a must. Each of the cutting edge products you love can be integrated into one system so you can seamlessly control your indoor and outdoor features with a phone or remote.
4. It Saves Energy.
Automating your lighting system allows you to set different lighting zones for different situations. This means only certain, necessary, or desired lights are on at specific times. For instance, the front façade and porch lights, plus path lights leading up to the house could be programmed as one zone for entryway lighting. Other lights could be controlled in separate zones, depending on when you want or need them to achieve. Lighting on your deck or patio, fountain lights, gazebo lighting, and lighting in other outdoor areas could be turned off when not in use, but remotely switched on when you are using that space.
You can also monitor faults in your electrical and water supplies so that you can shut down any energy sources that are running unnecessarily and wasting resources.
5. It Improves Home Security.
Home security cameras work better with ample lighting because it improves visibility. So, having your lighting system synced to your security system will allow for more efficient and effective monitoring of your property.
Plus, having remote control over your lighting gives you peace of mind, so you don’t have to resort to “Home Alone”-style booby traps. If you happen to hear a suspicious noise outside in the middle of the night, you can simply turn on the lights from the safety of your home. You can also set up your lighting system so that outdoor lights flash every 10 seconds when an alarm in your security system goes off. These flashing lights would hopefully deter intruders, and would also notify others of distress.
6. It Provides Flexibility.
When you can remotely control features with your smartphone, you can easily make changes to your appliances, lighting, or heating and cooling, even when you’re not at home. This gives you a great deal of flexibility because you don’t have to worry about going home to make a small change like turning on your outdoor lighting system.
Essentially, automation allows you to have greater control over how your home operates. For instance, if you have a red-eye flight and arrive home late from the airport, you can turn the lights on with a swipe of your finger, instead of worrying about returning to a dark home or having to unnecessarily run your lights all evening and morning while you’re gone.
If you’re sold on the idea of connected home and you want to integrate your outdoor lighting, Enlightened Lighting can help. We have worked on numerous projects with DC area home automation firms like iHome Integration and Sight & Sound, so our lighting systems can easily be integrated into connected homes.
We can help with every step of the process, from designing the perfect lighting system, installing it swiftly and properly, and then using smartphone apps to create lighting zones to allow you to control every aspect of your outdoor lighting with a simple, easy-to-use smartphone app.
Enlightened Lighting uses low voltage (12V) fixtures that are installed and wired to a transformer power source. Our lights can run on a timer or they can be set up on a home-integrated system, whichever customers prefer.
Technology is constantly changing, so it’s tough to predict what new time-saving invention will be on the market in 10 years, but right now, more homeowners are taking advantage of the convenience, efficiency, and safety of a connected home – especially when it comes to outdoor lighting systems.