Designing a Smart Home

When you were younger, did you dream of living in the Jetsons’ futuristic utopia? With the emergence of new home technologies, this dream could become a reality – sort of. Many homeowners are designing their houses to be “smart homes,” integrating as much technology into everyday tasks as possible. For example, automated window shades and keyless entry.

At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we believe in keeping up-to-date with the latest trends in home automation, as it allows us to help enhance your home beyond lighting. How can you transform your property into a smart home? Consider the following products from some of our most trusted brands.

Landscape Lighting

Nest Home Security products To decrease the chances of your home being burglarized, it is important to install landscape lighting. Many homeowners avoid it due to the cost to keep lights on all night, but the advent of LED bulbs greatly reduces energy costs. In addition to detracting burglars with a home that is lit at night, motion sensors can also be integrated to alert you when someone is on your property. We have an extensive line of landscape lighting products available in our showrooms, from retailers like Kichler and Hinkley.

Lutron Caséta Wireless

Lutron is an industry leader in lighting controls. Their innovative Caséta Wireless product allows you to control the features of your home with the tap of a button. From home or your smartphone, you can turn the lights on and off, adjust the thermostat and lower or raise the shades. Lutron also carries a state-of-the-art line of motorized window shades.

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Lighting Your Dining Room

The dining room is often the place where families gather to enjoy meals, discuss their days and make holiday memories. However, this room is multifunctional; it can be used for entertaining guests, studying or a romantic dinner. As a result, each use requires a different type of lighting. How can you properly light your dining room to capture the necessary mood for each and every occasion?

Create a Focal Point

traditional dining room with large chandelier Your dining room is likely furnished with a table, chairs and possibly a China cabinet or bar. This space has much less furniture than the other rooms in your home, so the main lighting source should be eye-catching. Keep in mind that for the best distribution of light, the bottom of a fixture should be about 36 inches above the table. How do you decide if that fixture should be a chandelier or a pendant?

When to Choose a Chandelier

As a general rule of thumb, select a chandelier if your dining room table is round. The spherical shapes will complement each other and any traditional décor in the room.

When to Choose a Pendant

Linear suspension fixtures are a more modern take on dining room lighting. With a linear pendant, light will be spread across to each end of your dining room table.

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