Integrate lighting control systems with heating, audio, video and security for a truly smart home
TAKE CONTROL OF A WIDER SYSTEM
Lighting control systems often feature as part of a wider smart home system: multiroom audio, multiroom video, heating control, security systems and access control. These systems are invariably networked these days and all the various sub-systems can be presented to the homeowner via a single interface. These can be presented via a dedicated touchpanel, remote control, maybe a TV interface and of course via iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets.
SMART HOME SYSTEM
The sub-systems don’t have to talk directly to each other to be presented in a single interface. Smart home systems like AMX, Control4, Crestron, Savant have their own central processors which issue commands, monitor status and manage the graphical user interfaces. A typical and rather overused example is that of the “Watch movie” button on the remote that might turn on the TV or projector, bring up a screen of films stored on the central movie server or your favourite streaming service and slowly dim the lights. Another more practical example might be the “Leaving” button on a panel by the front door that turns off all the lights, sets the lighting into “Holiday” playback mode and sets the alarm system.