How to Choose the Right Lighting Control System for Your Home
Going with a wired vs. a wireless system depends on your budget, space and other factors
Whether you’re new to smart home automation or have already taken steps to add such technology to your dwelling, one crucial system to consider is home lighting control of some sort. From greater convenience to energy savings, lighting control has tremendous benefits to offer homeowners in Nicholasville and other parts of Kentucky.
But where do you start with lighting control? Before you start picking out devices and calling electricians, the key question to answer is whether you want a wireless or wired system. Both types of systems have pros and cons, and in this blog we’ll break down the differences between wired and wireless lighting control, as well help you decide which type of system best suits your needs.
PROS OF WIRED SYSTEMS
The main advantages wired lighting control systems have over wireless systems are greater reliability and more direct control. Wired systems connect all the light circuits in a home to a centralized location. This centralization gives you greater control because you can manage every light from a single touchpad or other device, and the hard-wired connections mean you will rarely run into issues with devices communicating with each other.
Because wired systems require a lot more work to install, they’re best suited to new construction projects. That’s not to say you can’t install a wired system in a home that’s already finished, but a contractor will need to rip up your walls to place the necessary wiring and circuits.
Wired systems are also great for homeowners who put a premium on interior design. The centralized nature of controlling these systems means you need fewer keypads or switches on your walls, which gives your home a cleaner look.
PROS OF WIRELESS SYSTEMS
Wireless dimmers and switches can easily be placed in existing light circuits, and you don’t need as much specialized equipment or training to install the system. The switches and dimmers all connect to a processor hidden in a utility room or similar space.
This makes wireless systems ideally suited to retrofit projects. As long as you don’t mind the extra clutter on your walls, wireless systems are much easier to install and don’t require much in the way of new wiring. If you’re looking to keep your costs down and have an easier time installing lighting control in your home, a wireless system is a good option.
A BRIGHT IDEA FOR YOUR HOME
Interested in learning more about what lighting control can do for you and your home? You can start by checking out our extensive video library. If you’re ready to start planning your project, call Rely Technology at (859) 402-1413 or visit us online.