Maximize Savings by Automating Your Home Lighting

Maximize Savings by Automating Your Home Lighting

Written By

Lauren B. Stevens

In the past, creative lighting consisted of recessed lights and a dimmer switch in the dining room for ambiance, and “high-tech” lighting came about with devices where you clap to make the fixtures turn on and off. Technology has ushered in new lighting trends, allowing homeowners to switch their old light bulbs for LED lights and automating home lighting systems. Here are some details on how you can make your lighting situation even better.

Home lighting options

If you truly want to cater lighting to your needs while stacking up significant energy savings, consider maximizing daylight usage. Another option is to convert your home lighting to automated dimmer switches. This is because you have greater control over energy expenditure, as well as the ability to program customized lighting to your tastes. Dimming household lights reduces your overall energy use and allows you to make significant changes to your home’s atmosphere with subtle shifts in lighting.

Soft, natural lighting

Room with dog and natural light shining in

How many times have you found yourself making a middle-of-the-night trip to the bathroom, only to be startled into wakefulness by the blast of bright, bathroom light? Scheduling a nighttime dimming setting for your lighting can alleviate the need for rude awakenings, and sensors can automate low-level lighting once you enter a room. Tired of being jarred awake by the shrill sound of your alarm clock? Automate your bedroom lighting, setting it to get increasingly brighter, working with ambient outside light to softly illuminate your room and gently rouse you into wakefulness.

Rainy, cloudy days

Overcast and rainy days can be a conundrum. Do you work with the lights on, or just leave them off? Instead of squinting in the shadows or feeling like you’re under an interrogation light, smart home lighting can work with the small amount of light coming from the outdoors. This adjusts your home lighting to a softer, more comfortable level.

Home lighting options have never been greater, with the ability to sync your lighting to a weather app or use a sensor to adjust lighting levels for overcast days. Smart home customers can use a luminescence sensor to adapt lighting levels inside, taking outside weather into account. Instead of using full brightness on an overcast day, sensors factor in ambient outdoor sunlight to adjust the dimming level of your indoor lights. Not only will you realize greater energy savings, but you’ll be making your home more comfortable in the process.

Contact Vivint to learn more about how lighting changes can improve your home.

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