A key parameter of any building’s functionality is its lighting system. When it comes to smart homes, comfort and sustainability in lighting design are crucial factors. Occupants at home need lighting that provides adequate visibility without causing discomfort to do their tasks safely and soundly. By designing quality lighting conditions for your smart living environment, you will be able to achieve efficiency and energy saving at the same time. Lighting design can have both positive and negative effects on the whole ecosystem of wireless home automation, especially in the areas where occupants spend a lot of time there, such as the living room, kitchen, and working room. So, you should be obsessed with the Lighting design of your property in the process of smart home automation. In this case, you can count on us here in the Hestia lighting design team.
What is Lighting Design?
Smart lighting design is a practical holistic approach done by specialists to integrate lighting fixtures, controls, and intelligent systems to create a unified network for your wireless home automation. Don’t consider it a simple swapping out bulbs for their connected counterparts. This integrated network lets homeowners control lights individually, adjust brightness and color temperatures, and even change the colors or automate lighting scenes based on time, schedule, or sensors.
How does Lighting Design work?
In the first place, the design of a lighting system considers user comfort and automation of the control of the light process, and after that, it aims to reduce energy consumption effectively in wireless automation systems of users’ smart living environment. To reach this end, it should include light sources with energy-saving capabilities and a control unit to gain data about daylight and other environmental information to include in its operation cycle.
To obtain the favored and required light intensity and optimize the dim levels of multiple lighting sources, a lighting control algorithm provided the locations of motion detectors. Based on the motion sensors’ data, requirements, and user preferences it led to the energy-saving system design.
Compared to conventional lighting sources, smart LEDs have many benefits such as higher energy efficiency, color rendering index, longer lifetime, good color of light, dynamic light effects, a more flexible design, fast switching properties, smaller size, and the ability to use in both interior and exterior Lighting. Besides, LEDs can be used in general applications and both interior and exterior Lighting.
What should be considered in the lighting design of a smart home ecosystem?
In the design of a home’s smart lighting control system, you should consider the following objectives:
-Definition of the different activities and moods that may be required by the user for Lighting to support each space. This will result in the choice of fixtures, placement, and control options.
-Communication capability in choosing a platform to work seamlessly with other smart home devices and systems is crucial. Users can control and automate routines from center tasks like dimming lights as they watch a movie or turning on outdoor lights when someone approaches.
-Consideration in terms of ambient, task, and accent lighting, which respectively provides overall illumination, focusing on specific areas like work surfaces and highlighting architectural features or creating an atmosphere with preferred specifications.
-Consider using tunable white bulbs with detect motion ability, where they can adjust color light based on user need and detect going to and from every place. In smart lighting control, occupant detection is crucial to control strategy and energy.
-When it comes to networks, you will have two common and familiar options: wired and wireless. Mostly, wired networks are more favored by users because they offer more excellent reliability and stability in control. On the other side, wireless offers flexibility and easier installation. You should choose between these two based on your needs and the existing construction of your home.
-Then, in wireless networks, there are Mesh networks, which create a self-healing network with faster connectivity and guarantee connectivity even if a node fails. Hub-based networks are another type of wireless network that requires a central point of control but can be more cost-effective for smaller setups.
-While you are choosing the suitable network for your smart living environment, consider the range of your chosen system and whether it can accommodate future expansion as your smart home grows.
-There are many choices for your physical controller, such as wall switches, dimmers, and remote controls that offer familiar tactile control. More of these, you are able to use voice assistant controllers to integrate with virtual assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant, Apple Siri, and Samsung Bixby for hands-free control. They don’t forget about your mobile phones and make mobile applications that provide granular control and scene creation from anywhere.
-Consider the automated routines like scheduling lights to adjust based on time, sunrise/sunset, or sensor triggers like motion or occupancy.
Types of Lighting Design System Control
The architecture of a lighting design system control can be centralized or distributed. In a centralized lighting design control system, sensor data is first transmitted to a central controller; in this stage, the dimming level is determined by a control law for the corresponding luminaire and sent to the luminaire. In contrast, each sensing module has a controller in a distributed control system and communicates with neighbors to calculate the dimming levels. In wireless networks, compared to centralized-control networks, a distributed control system requires a huge bandwidth, which has a higher cost. However, you must note that centralized control systems take much more time to process data in their central node.
How can Hestiasl help you?
Our company has a powerful team of experts and specialists in design, consultants, and installation services for our clients. Hestiasl has a solid commitment to lighting design, and it relates to services where we guarantee that:
We will design Lighting and electrical schemes by collaborating with interior designers, engineers, and architects for the best possible result for your new smart home ecosystem.
We work on bespoke luxury residential houses to develop lighting schemes that best represent the project’s spirit. Check on our portfolio for completed projects.
Our experts often visit project sites to assess and analyze the natural Lighting and communicate extensively with our clients to identify their lighting desires and needs to provide the best lighting design at the end of the project.
We provide easy-to-understand, detailed drawings and schedules for the installers and end users, and our specialists are always ready to guide and help you during and after the project.