Using a Lighting Control System to Customize Each Room of Your House
Do you remember when LED bulbs were first introduced? Most looked intensely bright and not at all cozy like their predecessor, the incandescent bulb. But today, LEDs are available in a wide variety of color temperatures and brightness. Going a step further, you can now customize the way your home looks and feels with smart tunable lighting. Through smart LEDs, you can alter the appearance of your home’s lights right from your phone or tablet.
Similar to the sun’s patterns across the sky, light bulbs influence our energies and mood. Bulbs that emit blue light waves prompt our brains to produce serotonin, which makes us feel more awake. But lights with less blue light (think warm, yellow-tinted bulbs) cause our mind to create melatonin, making us feel sleepy.
Because of this, the way you set your smart lighting has immediate effects on your wellbeing, and the color-tunable feature should not be ignored. We’ll share the best way to set your lighting control system in each room with Control4 below, so your San Diego, CA home can let you live your best life.
When you’re cooking or cleaning in the kitchen, you’ll want to clearly see counter spaces. From your Control4 app, tune the lights to a higher number of lumens, around 3,000 to 6,000L for increased brightness. If you’re dining in the kitchen or an adjacent dining area, set the lights to a softer setting with warmer ‘mood’ lighting for dinner time. You’ll feel at ease under dim, neutral tones, where you’ll take the time for relaxing conversation and a glass of wine. With your home audio turned on through the same app, it will feel like a fine dining ambiance in your own home.
If you’re working at home, you’ll need to stay as alert as possible. Yes, multiple cups of coffee can help. But your tunable lights can inspire productivity with a higher brightness (3,000 to 6,000 lumens) and a cool white light (3,000 to 5,000 kelvins). The lights will mimic daylight, and you’ll feel as lively as standing outside on a sunny California day. Plus, you won’t feel as cooped up indoors. As the afternoon turns to evening, schedule your lights to transition to warmer hues (lower kelvin levels, around 2,200 to 3,000K), preparing your mind for restful sleep later.
If you use the bathroom to apply makeup, style your hair, trim your beard, etc., you’ll want to make sure it’s bright enough to see what you’re doing. Slide the color temperature and brightness to higher levels on your smart system for the bright, blue-white tint. You’ll find an appearance that works for you and, just like in the home office, can set the lights to transition to amber hues as the day goes on.
Perhaps more than any other room, your bedroom’s lights should establish a peaceful atmosphere so you can enjoy a restful night’s sleep. Avoid the bright, cool light we used in the office, and instead, set your lights to warm, cozy color temperature (between 2,200 and 3,000K is best). If you like to read before bed, include a bedside reading lamp with neutral tones that’s easy to turn off when it’s time to close your eyes. The rest of your lights—hallway lights too— can be flicked off right from your phone or by voice command. Ready to bring smart lighting to your house? To get started on your San Diego home’s lighting, contact Andrus Smart Technologies at (888) 853-5440 or submit our online form here.
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