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Consider All Your Lighting Options

May 2nd, 2011

Copyright © 2011 David Cahill

Lighting is one of the most important components of the house. Currently people spend most of their time at home in the evening. So lighting, appropriate for the mood and situation is an important component of satisfaction in our house. If a room should have many doors or if there are many sources of light, a traditional installation soon becomes too complex. With the use of intelligent control it poses no trouble. We can let imagination soar and swiftly create an unmatched atmosphere in our house.

In certain rooms additional dimmers for lamps are worth considering. Such rooms are the living room (i. e. For children and any one needing to visit the bathroom without becoming too wide awake or waking anybody else. To avoid a full intensity of light have your lamps on dimmer so you can increase the brightnes when it is needed.

Creation of light scenes and their modification

In large or representative rooms it is worthwhile to program several light scenes (moods). You need one type of light for a romantic dinner, different when having guests over, and still other when reading or watching TV. Several lamps including pendants table lamps etc. activated together at different levels denotes a light scene. At the touch of a button you can change the ‘atmosphere’, i.e., from general to romantic. Instantly some lamps are turned on whilst others are switched off. All of this is possible with the press of a single button. An automated scene can also encompass your curtains, blinds and heating if desired. The technology that is available to create different automated scenarios is immense.

If one installs lamps in the garden, it’s also worth creating different light scenes for various occasions. It’s worth it to implement radio remote control of these lamps; one can then carry the remote unit in the pocket instead of having to go into the house each time. Light control outside of the building is executed through consoles, motion detectors, radio remote controls, and centrally through a dusk sensor installed on the roof.


When a child is afraid in the night to go from the living room to the room upstairs (or from its room to the kitchen downstairs), he or she can press one button to light lamps along its path (corridor, stairs, room).

In case of night time emergencies, all lights switch on to assist evacuation.

When the inhabitants are absent, the lights can automatically turn on and off, simulating their presence.

Light scenes (sets of lamps turned on simultaneously at various, predetermined power levels), i. e. dinner, reading, guests.

Automatic lights in the driveway and in the garage. Automatic external lights activated at dusk and switched off in the night.

Motion sensor lighting that only comes on at the prescence of a person.

All the above are important to consider when designing your lighting plan, Consulting a lighting expert is often the best route to take in order to get it right.

If you want the best choice at the most affordable prices in lighting David Cahill has spent the last twenty years scouring trade shows and working closely with clients on lighting design and knows exactly what the latest trends in lighting are.

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