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The 411 on bio-dynamic lighting

If you want to take care of your eyes, find you often get headaches, or need to be able to work from home – then you need to know about bio-dynamic lighting.

Artificial light and our constant connection with technology means that we’re often exposed to more light than our eyes can cope with. Blue light, which is immitted by our phones, tablets and laptops, inhibits our ability to sleep. As a nation, we’re becoming tired and crabby.

So, what can we do about it? Other than living outside or operating by candlelight (fire hazard, not recommended), we can simply adapt our modern lifestyles to better suit the needs of our body – with bio-dynamic lighting.

 

A few key points about light…

Cool tones and high brightness is absorbed through our eyes and causes a spike in Cortisol – the stress hormone. Too much Cortisol is very dangerous for our bodies and puts us under a lot of pressure. However, we need Cortisol to get things done, so a boost in the morning gets us up and alert for the day ahead.

 

In the evening, when we’re trying to wind down and get ready for a restful sleep, deep colours and low light help to lower Cortisol and relax the brain. This is why doctors advise against using your phone in bed or watching TV to get off to sleep.

 

Why we need better light in our homes…

There are several reasons to have better lighting environments in our homes:

  • If you work from home, adaptive lighting can help to create a highly productive work environment.
  • For children doing their homework, blue light can help them concentrate.
  • If you suffer from SAD (seasonal affected disorder) or depression, many studies indicate that clear, natural-toned light can have an extremely positive effect.
  • If you’re less able, having lots of sun-like light in the home can be beneficial, when you aren’t able to get outside.

 

How to incorporate biodynamic lighting…

Using a system like the Loxone Smart Home lighting system allows you to control many aspects of the light in your home.

  • Choose from an array of colours: yellow for concentration, green for calm, violet for creativity, orange for comfort, red for relaxing – and so on.
  • Fade light in and out, rather than shocking your body with overly bright lights at the flick of a switch.
  • Use moonlight lighting if you wake up in the night, this prevents your body from waking up too much and allows you to relax back to sleep.
  • Automatic brightness means that the lights in your home will adjust to the natural light, allowing as much natural light in as possible before slowly brightening themselves.

 

Biodynamic lighting is coming to the attention of many conscientious homeowners. Not only is intelligent lighting good for you, but it’s designed to be beautiful too. Change the lighting around the home to create cosy areas, a party vibe or a sophisticated dinner setting.

Lighting is so much more than a bulb and a switch – let us show you what lighting can really do! Get in touch today to hear more about our home automation and intelligently adaptive lighting products.

 

A Day In The Life Of A Smart Home

You might be wondering, how will a smart home improve or change my life? Well, the best way to illustrate this is to take you through a day in the life of your average smart home.

So, here goes…

 

7am – You wake up in a cool room, the perfect temperature in fact. Thanks to your intelligent smart heating, the bedroom heat adapts to your daily movements. You reach over to your phone and turn on the bedroom lights – soft warm lighting lulls you awake.

 

7.10am – You slip out of bed and head for the shower. The bathroom is warm, towels are toasty, the water is hot, all thanks to your smart heating. Soft lighting gradually brightens as you go about your routine, waking you up to a new day.

 

7.30am – Everyone heads downstairs for breakfast. You reach over to your Touch console and click the blinds open, start your morning playlist and turn on the under counter lighting. Phewf, that took all of 3 seconds. Time for some food!

 

7.35am – You burn the toast, but don’t worry… you didn’t set off the smoke alarm. Your intelligent smoke alarm knows the difference and simply sends an alert to your phone, which you silence.

 

8am – After a fresh slice of toast, it’s time to get dressed. Because you’ve got personalised lighting design in your bedroom, the dressing table is well lit for applying make-up and the main mirror is lit by soft lighting. Once you’re decent, you click your Touch console to open the blinds and double click lights off as you head back downstairs.

 

8.30am – With everyone dressed and ready, it’s time to leave… wait! Has anyone left their bedroom lights on? Are the straighteners still on? Is the heating still going? No worries, just triple-click the Touch console and all the lights and standby items will shut off.

And the heating? You’ve got 6 pre-programmed slots throughout the day, plus you can turn it off with your phone at the touch of a button.

 

11.30am – Ping! Your video doorbell system lets you know that someone is on your doorstep. You open up the app and speak to your local delivery driver, asking them to leave your parcel in the step as you’re ‘just in the garden’.

5pm – Time to head home, but before you do, you click the heating on. You’ve got guests coming over and you want the house to be nice and warm when they arrive.

 

7pm – You put the kids to bed and set their bedroom lights to a low light red tone, to help them get off to sleep. You remind them that if they need the toilet in the night, the motion-activated moonlights will turn on to light their way (it’ll also let you know they’re up via your phone, but they don’t need to know that).

 

7.30pm – Adult time! You tap your Touch control to play some smooth tunes and soften the lighting. As people arrive and the room warms up, the heating slowly decreases and the blinds gradually close as the sunset drifts away.

 

11pm – You double click the Touch console as you head up to bed, your way softly lit to prevent the children from waking. You jump into bed and quickly check that the house alarm and external motion sensors and cameras are on – perfect.

 

Wake efficiently, go about your day seamlessly and sleep soundly – knowing that your smart home has you covered.

Sound like something you’d like to incorporate? Fancy gaining back the time taken by 50,000 extras tasks a year? Let’s chat.

Saving Money With Home Automation

Contrary to what some may think, home automation is actually a great way to start saving money on your utility bills. From the point of installation, many home automation integrations work to efficiently heat, light and protect your home.

You can also feel good about the money that you’re saving, knowing you’re helping the environment too.

Water damage

Clever gadgets, like the Loxone Water Sensor, can prevent major expenditure on repairs after water leaks. Simply place the battery-operated water sensor in flood-prone areas, such as laundry rooms, kitchens and boiler rooms. The inbuilt water sensor detects leaking water and informs the Miniserver. Depending on the settings you choose, you’ll be notified by phone, email or through your audio system. Plus, with a battery life of two years, you won’t be spending a fortune on Duracell!

 

Heating bills

Save up to £130 a year on your heating bills? Sounds tempting, right? With the nifty Hive thermostat and smartphone app, you can set 6 individual time slots for your heating and hot water. By fitting your heating and hot water around your daily routine, you’ll never waste money on warming up an empty house.

Heading out? Simply knock the heating off with the press of a button, wherever you are!

 

Stand-by killer

That cheeky red light that peaks out from underneath the TV is no more! Your smart home can automatically take devices off standby and off the grid, when you aren’t using them. Safe, efficient and a super quick way to save money – especially if you’re away on holiday or don’t use the device for several days.

 

Nest security  

One of the most horrific ways to lose money is through a burglary. In 2018, police recorded a 22% increase in robbery offences[1], prompting an upsurge in the numbers of people choosing to purchase home security. Nest security systems are among some of the most highly regarded – featuring: person, motion and sound detection, night vision cameras and 24/7 streaming. As with many home automation devices, you can view your entire security system from your phone. This enables you to check on your property and receive alerts, wherever you are.

 

Loxone lights off

One of the simplest and most effective ways to save money on your electricity bills is to turn lights off when you don’t need them – but who wants to be constantly flicking switches on and off, or stumbling down the hallway to turn the bathroom light on?

With Loxone systems, your lights automatically turn off when you aren’t in the room and pop back on when you are.

 

The Home Solutions Group are proud providers and installers of all of the products mentioned in this article. Not only are we passionate about saving our customers money, but also have an environmental agenda.

            If you’re thinking about investing in a smart system, but you’re concerned about the associated costs, please allow us to break it down for you. Simply give us a call and we’ll put your mind at ease.

[1]https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/crimeinenglandandwales/yearendingjune2018#latest-figures