Lighting controls turn lights on and off or adjust the level of light. They allow you to optimize your use of light in a space while minimizing waste. Here are some ideas for making the best use of lighting controls. Some of the following suggestions are easy retrofits; others may only be practical if you’re building an addition or doing major electrical work.
Central controls monitor lighting and operate switches, sensors, and dimmers throughout the home. The term can refer to many different technologies, from computerized systems you manage remotely to equipment that lets you adjust the lighting or appliances in one room from another part of the house.
Central controls may be integrated with security systems, telephones, and cable TV. They are common in commercial buildings, but may be overkill in your home. Assess how much time and energy you would actually save by installing central controls. Consult a professional to see if the system you want to install calls for upgrading your wiring.