Your home’s interior lights want to help you have fun, feel better, and save energy. Will you let them?
It used to be we’d walk into a room and flip on the light switch, maybe slide the dimmer up or down a bit to change the brightness.
But that’s so old school. Instead, press a tab marked “Cooking” on a wall-mounted panel to let all kitchen task lights come up to full brightness while lights in the family room dim so the kids can play video games.
Or hit the button marked “Romance,” and the lights throughout the house go out while the lights in the bedroom ebb to a soft glow that turns a sultry blue.
Household technology is undergoing a transformation that’s going to make lighting more integral to our everyday lives. Not only will we see better, but we’re going to use light to alter our moods, protect our well-being, safeguard our houses, and save bunches of energy.
“Home lighting today is about lifestyle enhancements,” says Paul Nagel, VP of lighting at Control4, a home automation company. “We want to know how to control light to create environments we’re comfortable in, and have energy efficiency while we do it.”