Designing energy-efficient and exciting lighting and automation systems for residential clients can be a highly personal undertaking and the sophisticated client typically expects the lighting and the automation systems for their home to be simultaneously simple, functional, and magical. It requires an understanding of sophisticated architecture, interior design, engineering, and of course - the needs and the desires of the client.
Good residential design typically requires the use of “smart technology” or control systems that enable the homeowner to function effectively and efficiently. For example, automation can employ astronomical time-clock functions to turn lights on or off, raise or lower shade, and adjust climate controls on select days and times that vary throughout the year.
If lighting design is the “magic” in a sophisticated residence, quite simply, residential control systems are the “magic wand.” Even modest homes can benefit from controls systems that make living more comfortable and more efficient in myriad ways. In order to make the “magic wand” work to its best advantage, it helps if the lighting designer has a command of psychology - especially cognition and perception. Each home is as unique as its owners and special care should and must be taken to understand how the owners think, act, and live in order to ensure ease of use and full functionality.
The following are a few examples of sophisticated residential projects. I hope they provide enjoyment and inspiration to you!