Easily Manage Light Intensity, Color and Temperature in Your Next Project

As lighting control systems continue to evolve, interior designers can now come up with plans that not only bring out a home’s best features but also enhance its owners’ lifestyle. Designers have always known how important lighting can be to creating the right environment in any space. Now that homeowners can have intuitive control of their light settings, professionals throughout the Washington DC area are getting more creative than ever with the stylistic choices they make.

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Create a Layered Design

Layered lighting is an essential component of any interior décor. This involves ambient lighting, focused lighting needed for a particular activity, and accent or decorative lighting that highlights certain stylistic features. With a smart lighting control system, it’s easy to strike a balance between these three types of fixtures. Play around with different dimming settings or color temperatures to make sure they come together as one cohesive design.

Adjust the Color Temperature

One of the latest innovations in lighting control is the ability to adjust color temperature. This has to do with the light emitted by a bulb depending on how hot it is. The hotter the bulb (in degrees Kelvin), the whiter it will burn. Color temperature can have a big impact if used correctly.

For example, “warmer” tones, like yellow, are good for relaxation, so they are common in family rooms and bedrooms. “Cooler” tones, like blue and white, give off a feeling of efficiency and cleanliness, so they’re used in bathrooms and kitchens. While in the past designers had to purchase different bulbs to adjust the temperature, now they can simply make adjustments through the device of their choice.

Think in Terms of Scenes

When setting up light fixtures, you need to think about how they’ll work together. With a lighting control system, homeowners can group lights and make changes to them simultaneously to create different designs. This is especially useful in multi-purpose areas like family rooms.

You can have your standard lighting to showcase all the stylistic elements in the room including wall color, furniture, and paintings. Create separate scenes for other activities or to bring attention to an individual component. For example, a “Cinema” scene immediately dims the lights for watching a movie while an “Artwork” scene dims ambient lighting and turns up the lights surrounding your favorite piece.

Schedule Changes

You may want your design to adjust throughout the day. This is especially true when it comes to architectural lighting. You can have specific landscape lighting scenes activate when the sun sets. Play around with the placement of fixtures and their intensities to spotlight gardens, fountains, driveways and more. Once you find the right settings, group them into scheduled scenes.

Certain adjustments can also help boost your clients’ moods. In the morning, have lights adjust to a cooler color temperature or open the shades to let in natural light to promote wakefulness. In the evening, dim ambient lighting and give it a warmer color to help the family relax after a long day.

We have years of experience working with interior designers throughout the Washington DC and Baltimore area and can help you find the best ways to use smart technology in your projects. To learn more about our services you can call us at (410) 494-4310 or contact us online.