A 1920s Bungalow, located in Victoria, has been restored by Nat and Kristy into a Nordic inspired, blush-toned norsu wonderland. The norsuHOME, as this team of interior designers lovingly calls their renovation project, breaths Skandi style while supporting comfortable family lifestyle.
The team at Gerard Lighting were excited to have joined Nat on this wonderful transformation and endeavored to support this project with a professional lighting design and a carefully selected range of interior and exterior luminaires.
Nat has appreciated how our Diginet Sitara lighting control system connected every room into a comfortable and family-friendly smart home: “Annabel and Harvey are still at the age where they are at times frightened by the dark – the wireless Bluetooth capability allows us to control the dimming of their lights from the comfort of the sofa, or anywhere in the home actually! We can also set them on timers to ensure we’re being sustainably conscious once they’re asleep. On top of this, being able to turn the lights on at night wirelessly before entering the home ensures we always feel safe. Additionally, we love their matching colour coding of the Diginet LEDsmart+ Push Button Dimmer light switches, knowing we can quickly identify the right light the first time…it sure helps the little ones! I even set up the app on my iPhone myself within seconds – too easy!”
TIPS & TRICKS
For those that don’t know, what is a lighting control system?
A lighting control system is an intelligent network of light fixtures and controllers (such as switches, dimmers, sensors and hand held devices). These connected lights and controllers communicate with each other, allowing any controller to switch or dim any combination of lights. A lighting control system can enhance lifestyle, improve comfort, add convenience and provide peace of mind. The latest lighting control systems also allow users to control lights from their mobile devices, wherever they are.
Can you share the advantages of a home automation lighting control system over stand-alone lighting controls or conventional manual light switching?
Conventional light fixtures and wall switches are connected together via the electrical wiring in walls and ceilings. This means that a wall switch can only control a light that it is connected to via this wiring. In a lighting control system, a network connects all lights and controllers together. This enables any controller in the network to control any combination of light fixtures in the house – they do not need to be physically connected via electrical wiring. For example, a hallway wall switch which is part of a control system can be set up to switch off all lighting in the house when you leave for work, not just control of the hallway light. When you arrive home, a switch in the hallway can be setup to turn on the hallway and the family room together.
A control system adds the flexibility to set up any combination of controllers to switch or dim any combination of lights from anywhere in the house, or even outside the house with a smart device! None of this is possible with conventional light switches and standard electrical wiring.
A major benefit of lighting control home automation is its ability to maximise energy savings. Can you tell us how the Diginet Sitara Control System achieves this?
Diginet Sitara can ensure that all lights are off when not being used. This can be achieved in many ways. A ‘Master OFF’ switch in the hallway as described above, a movement sensor in the garage, a simple time schedule setup on a smartphone to switch all lights off at midnight (except in the toddlers room, which could be dimmed to 10%).
It is important to note that although a residential lighting control system can save energy in a home, enhanced lifestyle as well as improved comfort, convenience and security are the major benefits.
Do you need to be technically savvy to use this cutting-edge Bluetooth technology?
Not at all. Diginet Sitara was designed for every Australian homeowner – Bluetooth technology is just a means to an end. All the technology used in Diginet Sitara is there to make a homeowner’s life better, not to make their everyday task of controlling lights harder or confusing.
For the budding renovators out there, what is the one most important tip you can recommend when implementing a home automation lighting control system?
Make sure that the lighting control system does not solely depend on smart devices for control – there is no substitute for a dimmer or switch on the wall. The best user experience is achieved when smart device control of lighting works seamlessly with fixed control points on walls. Nobody wants to be in a position where the phone battery dies and they can’t control their lights!
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