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Smart Home: Ways to Integrate Lighting and Atmosphere

by Ramesh Rao 09/08/2021

Smart lighting is available in many shades, colors, shapes and fixture sizes, which makes it easier to blend them into your day-to-day. With this technology, you can control multiple lights in a single room with bluetooth-enabled bulbs and experiment with various combinations.

What Is Ambient Lighting?

Ambient lighting refers to the first layer of light in the room, and it’s often referred to in a positive light. For instance, a dimmed room might be recognized as romantic or relaxing. However, it can also go the other direction too. Harsh fluorescent lighting can make a room very difficult to inhabit. People might feel uncomfortable without really being able to pinpoint why. 

When you think of different intensities and shades, consider what you’ll be doing in the room and who will be in it.

Set the Mood for Anything 

Brightness, color, temperature: smart lighting makes it possible to control it all. As you get ready to put on the feature for your movie night, dim the lights and add some atmosphere. If it’s a horror movie, maybe give it a deep, red tint to get everyone in the right frame of mind.

Control Lights With Your Voice 

A digital assistant makes it possible to control lights with the sound of your voice. So if you are busy doing something else, all you have to do is ask your digital assistant to set the stage. You can also pre-program the lights for standard activities (e.g., watching TV, eating dinner, etc.), and your digital assistant can change the lighting based on those activities. 

Lighting and Your Home 

Sometimes you host elegant dinner parties with soft, comforting lighting in the background. Other times you host a Super Bowl party where you want the colors bouncing off the walls at every play. Whatever it is, lighting is a key element in the home, and it’s often one of the most overlooked. In rooms where natural light is either limited or nonexistent, you can use smart lighting to increase the utility of the space. The best illumination usually comes from having multiple sources, including the sun, moon, table lighting, overhead lighting, task lighting, etc. 

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Ramesh Rao

Coldwell Banker Realty agent Ramesh Rao is one of Silicon Valley’s leading luxury home real estate professionals. Clients appreciate his holistic approach backed by 18 years of experience, white-glove service, and unmatched expertise. 

Ramesh’s passion for real estate drives his relentless pursuit of excellence using the latest in technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, predictive analytics, and digital marketing. Licensed in 1992, he is a member of the Coldwell Banker® International President’s Circle, has been named among the top 1% of all Coldwell Banker Realty agents in Silicon Valley, was voted Favorite Neighborhood Real Estate Agent by Nextdoor, and is regularly quoted in The Mercury News. Fully dedicated to remaining at the forefront of the industry, Ramesh is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS™), Tax Deferred 1031 Exchange/DST Specialist, Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®), and Global Luxury Specialist.