One of our biggest challenges in building new homes is keeping ahead of current communication
and entertainment technologies. One way Lewis Homes. Inc meets this is by wiring
every home we build to accommodate all of today's technological products as well
as the ability to upgrade and integrate with tomorrows technologies.We use structured
wiring panels to give us the flexibility to setup every house we build to suite the
needs of the family that lives in it.
We also install a variety of home automated lighting systems that can control lights
in your home in a thousand different ways.
You may be wondering...what can a lighting control system provide?
Consider the way lighting will be used in your home. Many homes make use of several
zones of lighting for each room. Take your kitchen for example; It is not uncommon
to have 4 even 5 lighting zones in a kitchen. There may be decorative lighting in
soffits and/or under the toe kick, work surface lighting projected from the ceiling
and from under cabinetry, walkway lighting from ceiling mounted fixtures, and a dining
light over a table or seating area. If your kitchen is centrally located you probably
have multiple ways to enter and exit so you will need switches for at least some
lighting at each entrance. Soon you have six, eight, even ten switches to control
the kitchen lights.
Typically the switches are "ganged" together in banks two or three wide in one or
two different locations. Maybe you would choose to spread things out to make them
look better and be more convenient? Until… you decide you want them all on (or more
commonly all off) and you find your self doing a lap around the kitchen.
To understand the benefit of a lighting control system you need to think of controlling
lights in a new way. Instead of the standard "one switch" for "one light" consider
instead "one button" for "one use" of the space. Of course a lighting control system
can still control individual lights like a standard light switch. A lighting system
will also allow you to set up lighting arrangements for the way you use the space.
We call these arrangements scenes. A scene can include any light in the house or
every light in the house. The lighting system also gives you dimming capability for
every light. The possibilities are endless.
When you leave your home, a single button by the door can to turn off all of the
lights, and turn the porch light on for say… 30 minutes. When you go to bed, a bedtime
button by your bed can set the lights throughout your home just way you want them.
The system can automatically turn on some lights at sunset everyday to welcome you
The system can also set a scene. In our kitchen example; you might have a Task scene,
a Night scene and an Entertainment scene. The Task scene might illuminate work surfaces
and walkways while it also dims or turns off minor accent lighting you wouldn't notice
with the other lighting turned up bright. The Night scene might illuminate walkways
in a dim glow for passing through the room while turning off work surface and accent
lighting. The Entertainment scene might illuminate accent lighting and walkways while
work surfaces are dimmed to the perfect glow for socializing with friends or family.
The settings for each scene are easy to change any time you wish by simply pressing
the button and holding it for a few seconds.
Did you here something at night? A single button by your bedside can turn on all
of the exterior lights. A driveway sensor can welcome you or your guests with exterior
lighting when they arrive. Other outside sensors will scare off would be intruders
before they ever get into the house to trip the alarm system.
The lighting system can be integrated with your security system so it will respond
appropriately in an emergency. So now a fire alarm will turn on all the interior
lighting so you can quickly find your way out, and the light on the front porch and
the lamp post at the end of the driveway can be set to raise and lower repeatedly
to draw the attention of responding emergency personnel so they can find your home
In rooms with several zones of lighting, walls usually become cluttered with dimmers
and switches. A lighting control system can replace all of those dimmers with an
elegant keypad. Do you ever forget which switch controls which light? A keypad is
labeled for easy identification. Rooms with views of the yard can have buttons to
activate exterior lighting so you can enjoy the view at night. We also program the
time it takes a light to turn on or dim so adjustments and scene activations can
be more dramatic if you would like.
These are just some of the advantages and features of a lighting system. The possibilities
are only limited to your imagination.
We can also handle all of your entertainment needs. It is becoming increasingly
common for people to have us build in a Home Theatre into there new home. Sometimes
it is as simple as using an area over a garage or it can be as elaborate as designing
an entire Home Entertainment end of the house. Whatever your wants are we have the
experts in the field to make it a reality.