Lutron Lighting Controls Give Builders a Competitive Edge
In a competitive marketplace where granite countertops, hardwood floors, upgraded plumbing fixtures and stainless-steel appliances have become so commonplace that buyers now view them as standard, innovations in home lighting control are adding value and can help builders stand out, according to Lutron Electronics Co.
Lighting controls — ranging from single-light dimmers to whole-home systems — improve the look and feel of a room, according to the manufacturer. Home owners can set the light level to full bright for homework or meal preparation and then dim it for a quiet dinner or movie night.
A step up from single-light dimmers, automated whole-house lighting control systems provide convenience and safety, allowing pre-programmed lighting scenarios to be set and recalled at the push of a button.
With whole-housing lighting control, home owners can avoid having to enter a darkened home.
Lighting controls also offer many environmental and energy-saving advantages, Lutron says, that control expenses and contribute to a healthier environment.
According to a recent NAHB survey, consumers want products that support an energy-efficient home, making dimmers and lighting control systems — such as Lutron’s new Skylark EcoDim and the AuroRa lighting control system — increasingly important in residential applications, the manufacturer says.
“Replacing light switches with dimmers and dimming systems shaves dollars off annual electric bills and makes bulbs last longer,” Lutron says. “In fact, dimming lights by as little as 10%, an imperceptible change in light quality to the naked eye, can save 10% on electricity bills and doubles the life of the bulb, without compromising lighting needs.”
Lutron Electronics Co. is a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry — The Leading Suppliers of NAHB.
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