Good lighting design not only makes a room comfortable and functional, but it can create moods--just like music. Having the ability to control lighting levels and create scenes throughout your house lets you create just the right atmosphere for dining, entertaining, reading, or watching a movie. With a lighting system from Audio Innovations, you'll enjoy simple, convenient control of all home lighting-- as well as the ability to control audio, video, and many other sub-systems in a home. Automated Lighting provides homeowners with many benefits including:
- Increased security
- Added convenience
- Improved aesthetics in the home
Automated Lighting can make a home safer by automatically turning on landscape and security lighting each night. A built-in time clock automatically adjusts for changing seasons, as well as for daylight savings time. You'll enjoy increased peace of mind, with the ability to turn all lights on instantly using a single button on a Keypad. Every day, your system automatically memorizes your home's actual lighting usage patterns, which can be replayed when you are away. This unique feature allows for a realistic appearance of activity that standard timers cannot achieve. Your lighting system can also be linked to the home's security system. In the event of an alarm, interior lights can turn on, illuminating a safe exit, while exterior lights can flash, drawing immediate attention.
Each light in a home can be controlled from any Keypad, providing instant access to all areas of the home and landscape. This eliminates the tedious task of setting the home lighting just right for daily activities, bedtime, or special occasions. When most lights are off, one button on a Keypad can create a "path of light" to softly light the way to another room, allowing for late-night trips to the bathroom or kitchen without fumbling for switches in a dark hallway. And monitoring lighting in individual rooms or areas throughout a home requires no more than a quick glance at a Keypad's discrete status LEDs.
Automated Lighting gives homeowners the power to enhance the beauty of their home and decor with an endless variety of customized room and whole-house lighting scenes. One button dims the lights for a soft romantic dinner while another button lights the house for a festive party. Keypads provide a clean, elegant look on the wall by combining the functions of many standard switches and dimmers into a single control. Contrast the elegant simplicity of a single Keypad to the large bank of switches often found at the front door.
Not only can the benefits of a great lighting system be seen but the effects can be felt in the wallet as well. According to the American Lighting Association, household lighting accounts for 12-15% of our household utility bill. The Energy Conservation Enhancement Project at LSU (Louisiana State University) further estimates that 20% of all electricity produced in the United States is used for lighting. Unfortunately, 50% of this energy is wasted by inefficient lighting sources or careless consumers. With the steady rise in energy costs, most homeowners would agree that it's fiscally savvy and environmentally responsible to control usage.
Heating and cooling systems are typically the biggest household energy consumers. Our systems can be configured to include thermostat and window blinds controls, ensuring optimum temperature settings throughout home, day or night, anytime of the year.Further savings can also be realized by controlling the amount wattage used by light bulbs. By installing dimming devices throughout your home, not only do you conserve electricity and save energy costs, but you extend the life of light bulbs too. This can be especially important when considering the inaccessibility of many lighting fixtures in both interior and exterior areas. Consider these statistics from the LSU study:
Effect of Dimming Incandescent Light Bulbs
Perhaps the greatest lifestyle benefits of a lighting control and home automation system are the safety and security features. You, your spouse and children will feel confident returning to a lighted home even on the darkest night. Our keyless remote feature can be programmed to turn on one or all of the house lights, open the garage door, and even deactivate the security system at your arrival. If you get up in the middle of the night, press a pathway button to light your way through the house. A preprogrammed vacation scene can even turn lights on and off randomly while you are away, discouraging intruders or vandals.
At Audio Innovations, we agree with demographers and futurists on several important home trends. The home will play an increasingly important role in family life, serving as the focus for entertainment, a haven from the stresses of modern life and, and as the single largest financial investment for most of us. People are looking for features that add convenience, comfort and style to their homes. We've got the products that can make these wishes a reality while enhancing the value of your biggest asset.