5 Lighting Automation Options For Winter

by Nov 7, 2020automation, lighting, tech upgrades

Winter Is Coming

It’s getting cold. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had to turn on the heater more than a few times in the past couple of weeks. We just hit daylight savings a week ago, which we’re still doing for some reason. All the signs point to winter being on the horizon. Are there any home automation options that can help you out with that? Do you really need to ask?  We recommend some good lighting automation.

Lighting Automation For Winter

What defines winter is the darkness. Days get shorter and shorter, leaving us with more dark hours. People need light, and not just to see. Light helps us regulate our bodily functions – especially sleep! It also can play a key role in regulating serotonin and dopamine. Ever get the winter blues? That’s why.

You’ve got to do more to keep your house well lit during the winter. Why not make it easier on yourself with some lighting automation options?

1. Motion Sensor Lighting

Motion sensor lighting is a great way to help you out when you’re outside. Nobody wants to get out of their car in the dark and walk up to their home across a cold, possibly icy driveway. Smart tech can make lighting turn on with the push of a button on your phone, but why even bother with that? With motion sensor activation, the lights will come on as soon as you start pulling up the driveway. They’ll stay on as long as they keep detecting motion, turning off as soon as you’re inside so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn them off. No more wasted electricity.

Motion sensor lighting can serve the dual purpose of security as well. We’ve said before, a common mistake people make is leaving the lights on all the time. They think burglars will like the darkness. In truth, having the lights on all the time just makes it easier for them to see their path to the house. Instead, motion sensor lighting will cause the lights to turn on if a burglar tries to approach. The sudden change in brightness will draw attention, making burglars panic and run away.

2. Astronomical Time Clock

These days, it’s fairly easy to find lighting automation with astronomical time clocks. These clocks are programmed with the hours in which the sun is in the sky rather than going straight off the hour of the day itself. This allows these lights to be programmed to turn on automatically when it gets dark. That way, you never have to worry about whether or not you’ve turned the lights on. They can also be set to turn off automatically after a chosen hour so you don’t have to waste electricity all night long. You can still partner this with motion sensor lighting for the dual benefit of both.

smart window blinds

Photo courtesy of Gadget Flow

3. Automatic Shades

The astronomical clock can also be set up to work with smart blinds as well. This way, you can have the blinds set to close automatically when the sun would be streaming through. You won’t have to get up to close them when there’s a glare on your TV. Set to the astronomical clock, they’ll always close when you need them to and open at the time you want.

4. Christmas Lighting

Your lighting automation can also be hooked up to Christmas lights. Whether with a smart phone app, or an internal system clock, have your Christmas lights come on when you want them to and go off when you don’t want to use any more electricity. You’ll never have to go outside in the cold again just to turn them on or off!

5. Light Sensors

The astronomical clock can be fairly reliable, but depending on the system, the programming might not be quite right. They might come on too late, or too early. This can be reprogrammed, but if that’s too much trouble for you, there’s another option. Light sensors can be installed into any lighting automation system. These will detect the amount of light around them and respond accordingly. You can use these options to maximize the amount of daylight you get, which will help you feel better as the dark months go on.

Whatever You Need!

winter lighting automation on a row of houses

Photo by Brett Sayles

Whether you have safety concerns, want to help minimize winter blues, or just want to increase your home’s curb appeal with good lighting, there’s something for you. These systems can easily be combined to handle any needs with little extra cost to you. Lighting automation saves you a lot of time and helps you avoid wasting electricity during the winter months.

Want to upgrade your home with some lighting automation options? Get in touch today! Whatever it is you’re looking for, we can help you get it set up!