Lighting

Lighting

Lighting control breaks down into basically two main categories.

There are panelized lighting systems that require every load (light) be run directly from the panel to the load. These systems are almost exclusively done on new construction homes or on extensive remodels. The advantage to this type of lighting solution is that it allows for the most flexibility and control as well as offering the client the ability to place the control keypads anywhere. The loads are controlled by large modules that typically each control between 4 and 8. These modules can accommodate fans, low voltage lighting, and 240v lighting.

The second type of lighting system would be a wireless or retro-fit scenario. This type of system consists of wireless switches and/or dimmers that simply replace the original switch and a controller, or processor that the switches all communicate with. These systems are generally inexpensive and are easily added on to a project at any time. The downfall to going this route is that they are wireless and are therefore prone to interference and range issues. This can be minimized with proper planning but is always a possibility.