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INTERIORS Smart tips for smart homes


Matt Nimmons of CEDIA EMEA brings together advice from the industry body’s membership to explain the elements that should be considered when designing a wider home integration project


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country. It is now more important than ever for design and build professionals to understand smart home technology, and the latest audio-visual developments to provide the service that is now fully expected by the client.


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The main reasons you would want clever lighting are aesthetics and convenience. Today’s houses have many more lighting circuits than we used to have – LED strip accents, wall lights, feature pendants, and chandeliers. Without dimming, the whole thing would look bright, and could look harsh, and with one button per light circuit,


ADF OCTOBER 2019


he integration of smart technology is fast becoming the norm for households up and down the


you would end up with a mass of switches and no-one knowing what they do. Lighting control is about using the space between lights on and lights off. When you start to play around with the infinite variations in lighting levels of any circuit and combine those circuits to work together, you can create ambience to complement a mood or functionality to perform a task. A good lighting designer will be able to highlight existing features and create stunning effects through their choice of lamps and fittings. The lighting control system gives you simple access to these ‘scenes’ so that they can be recalled at the touch of a button or vocal command. An emerging area is in 'bio-adaptive' lighting, where colour temperature varies with time of day. Cooler white light in the


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