This guide aims to simplify the process of implementing whole-house smart lighting by providing three primary sections: renovation solutions for existing homes, preparatory steps for pre-construction, and insights to streamline the smart lighting system setup. Whether you’re considering revamping your home’s lighting system, this content will help eliminate most of the hassles.
Chapter 1: Renovation Solutions
The three primary methods for renovating whole-house smart lighting are:
- Replacing traditional switches with smart switches.
- Substituting regular wall sockets with smart wall sockets or adding additional smart sockets.
- Upgrading to smart lights.
Smart switches play a central role in whole-house smart lighting, while other components like sensors act as additional subscription services, aiding in achieving on/off functionality. Therefore, basic smart switch features can suffice for most smart lighting needs, significantly enhancing daily experiences. Additional sensors can be added later to further enhance automation.
Four main methods are used to control smart lighting:
- App control
- Physical switch control
- Voice control
- Scene control
Scene control involves linking various devices to execute more automated functions, such as turning on the living room light when a door sensor is triggered or activating a night light upon detecting movement using motion sensors. These scene controls cater to diverse needs, elevating the experience of whole-house smart lighting.
Chapter 2: Three Recommendations for Whole-House Smart Lighting Renovation
Reserve Neutral Line for Switch
Wiring neutral lines for switches ensures cost-effectiveness and stability, especially concerning smart switches, eliminating concerns about flickering issues associated with single-wire switches. Detailed comparisons can be found in the provided link.
Increasing Wall Switches Where Possible
Increasing the number of wall switches—primarily with neutral and live lines but excluding light control lines—can significantly enhance control flexibility.
For instance, if you want to set up dual-control lights within a room, traditionally, achieving this would require leaving neutral lines, live lines, and light control lines in the wall switches near both the door and the bedside. This setup adequately caters to the lighting control requirements. However, what if you wish to control more than just the dual-controlled light at the bedside? What if you want to control not only the dual-controlled light but also all other lights throughout the whole house?
In such a scenario, a smart wall switch equipped with both neutral and live lines can resolve this issue. Here’s the specific process:
- Install a smart wall switch near the door to control the room’s light.
- Install a smart wall switch at the bedside with only neutral and live lines.
- Set a smart scene in the App:
Channel 1: turn on the room light
Channel 2: turn off the room light
Channel 3: turn off all lights in the house
This setup allows you to control the room’s light via the bedside wall switch and also control all house lights. Additionally, apart from this approach, utilizing the extra reserved neutral and live lines, you can install a smart central control panel. These pre-reserved lines enhance the aesthetics and functionality of your home’s switches, enabling multi-way control over the entire house’s lighting.
Choose Wired Smart Wall Switches
Opting for wired smart wall switches, equipped with physical buttons, benefits households with diverse users, including those unfamiliar with smart home technology. These switches minimize the learning curve, ensuring ease of control for all members.