How Can I Control My Landscape Lighting System?
Outdoor lighting can greatly enhance the safety, security and aesthetic appeal of your home. There are several options available when it comes to controlling landscape lighting, but one of the most recent ones is called the zone controlled system.
Generally, a landscape lighting system is controlled at a macro level by a transformer which is set in one of 3 ways: astronomically controlled, time set or photo cell controlled. The lighting system is programmed in such a way that it knows sunrise and sunset for every day of the year, thereby turning on and off automatically every night (astronomically controlled), or at set times (time set) or when the ambient light reaches certain levels (photo cell). This has been a standard for low voltage lighting systems. But today’s homeowners are looking for landscape lighting that can be remotely controlled, especially with our smartphones. This is where zone controlled system comes in, as it can control separate sectors of your lighting system, like controlling individual lights, or dimming.
If you are looking to install an outdoor lighting system, zone controlled systems can easily be a part of your professionally installed landscape lighting plan. Furthermore, it can usually be adapted to fit your already existing lighting system. The zone features can be controlled for individual lights, dimming some sections, while enhancing other lights. Some of the benefits of zone controlled systems are:
- Security lighting – Security lighting can be adjusted for decreased intensity when everyone is asleep, to ensure safety without disrupting peaceful slumber.
- Pergola/Gazebos – Pergolas and gazebos can be illuminated by several kinds of light fixtures. These lights can be easily adjusted while using the pergola to create the right mood.
- Water Features – You can adjust lighting levels up or down for a variety of effects, depending on the mood you want to create.
- Overall System Control – Many homeowners with zone controlled lighting enjoy full illumination at sunset for a few hours before dimming their lighting system to about half until sunrise, to ensure their safety as well as security.
Being able to control the amount of lighting not only saves you money by lowering your demand, it also allows you to create the atmosphere you desire around your home. Your landscape lighting professional can tell you more about how to achieve the look you want, the safety you need, and the flexibility you desire.
Located in Summerfield, NC Southern Lights Architectural and Landscape Lighting serves properties and property management companies throughout the state of NC including Greensboro, High Point, Jamestown, Burlington, Reidsville, Oak Ridge, Brown Summit, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Raleigh, Charlotte, Kannapolis, Salisbury, Gastonia, Matthews, etc. Southern Lights has installed hundreds of outdoor landscape lighting systems and carries more certifications than anyone in the state. We specialize in lighting designs and service everything we install as well as lighting systems installed by others. With attention to detail and a solid knowledge of design, Southern Lights is the leading outdoor landscape lighting firm in the state of NC and beyond. See why our clients choose us. Contact us today by web (online form) or phone (336.451.4969)