A smart lighting system can make your kitchen and bath look amazing and simplify your day.
So much happens in the kitchen and bath that it’s often difficult to have the lights at the right intensity levels at all times. When you’re cooking, you need the lights brighter; lower when you sit down to eat. As you apply makeup or shave, you’ll want the lights bright, but when you’re unwinding in a hot bath at the end of the day, an intensity level that mimics candlelight is apropos.
In the past, we’ve relied on dimmer switches to adjust the intensity levels of the lights. While this approach still works well, smart lighting products have introduced a whole new level of convenience and control to the management of home lighting. Plus, these solutions are so much more cosmetically pleasing than the switches of yesteryear.
Here are 10 ways smart lighting can add value to the kitchen and bath:
Clears “Wall Acne” It’s not unusual to see the walls of kitchens and baths blanketed with huge banks of light switches. There are two problems with this setup: it’s difficult to remember which switch controls which group of lights and the numerous faceplates eat up a big chunk of wall space. Lighting keypads, by contrast, provide six to eight pushbuttons that can control all of the lights and take up only the space of a single-gang junction box.
Creates Activity-Based Preset Lighting Levels Each pushbutton on a keypad can be programmed to set the intensity level of a predetermined group of lights, called a lighting “scene.” For example, a morning button on a kitchen keypad can brighten the under cabinet lights to 50 percent and the fixture over the island to 30. A cleaning button can raise every light to full intensity, and a romantic button can lower the lights to an intimate 25 percent. Likewise, in the bathroom, specific lights can adjust on the fly based on whichever button is engaged: morning, night, relaxation, and so on.
Showcases Decorative Details The wood grain of fine cabinetry, the mix of colors of a granite countertop, and other visually stunning architectural details look even better with the right lighting. A lighting designer can choose the best light source, fixture and placement, while a home systems installer can suggest the best levels of brightness.
Improves Comfort With standard, non-smart lighting, the lights can feel blinding during midnight trips to the bathroom or the kitchen. A smart lighting system ensures that the lights are easy on the eyes during certain hours of the night.