Lighting Controls

More than ever, homeowners want to turn their homes into virtual smart homes. This section provides readers with everything they need to know about lighting controls.

photo wall illuminated
2700K linear LED lighting (made by Aion LED, www.aionled.com), is housed in an aluminum extrusion at the front edge of the shelving, evenly illuminates the collection of photographs. Photography: Dennis Anderson

LEDs in 2018

Yes, I’m totally obsessed with LEDs. Admittedly, we got off to a rough start in the beginning. They got introduced onto the market a little too early. They didn’t have much lumen output, the color…
LSG Good Day & Night downlight
Lighting Science’s new Good Day&Night downlight enables users to easily change between focus-enhancing and sleep-enhancing spectrums. The luminaire is controlled via a standard wall switch or by a wireless switch accessory, and mounting kits are available for retrofit and new construction.

To Your Health

In a country where adult obesity rates were nearly 40 percent in 2015-16, the cost of healthcare clocks in at about $10,000 per person, and still, in 2018, more than 133.9 million Americans live in…

4 Key Takeaways from the 2018 Houzz & Home Report

Each year, Houzz.com releases its annual report on home renovation trends, and its 2018 Houzz & Home Report delivered key findings and helpful insights as to what homeowners are renovating and…
Google Home speaker with copper base sitting on desk
Photo: Google

Okay Google, Why Should I Have a Smart Speaker in My Showroom?

Are you Team Google or Team Amazon? New research out last week found these two companies heavily competing in the smart home speaker race. As Canalys reports, Google beat Amazon for the first time…

2018: Year of the Smart Home, Part 2

Light + Building's “Smart Living in an E-House” exhibit was a mockup of an intelligent house, equipped throughout with cutting-edge smart products that provide greater comfort, safety and efficiency…
Living room setup in Consort Design showroom with a blue sofa and round wall mirror
Moderator and Consort Design co-founder Mat Sanders tries to engage the senses in his showroom (pictured here). What about you?

How to Engage Your Customers' Senses to Create a Showroom Experience

It's always worth attending a seminar or two at a major market because you never know when the conversation might just turn. At ICFF this week during the Making, Marketing and Selling Design in a 24/…
Two Amazon Echo dots on a blue background
Photo: Amazon

What Amazon's Alexa Blueprints Means for Smart Homes

When Amazon first released the Echo with its voice assistant Alexa, many consumers thought "Yeah, this is cool, but do I really need this?" While consumers can connect to their Echo via bluetooth,…

Smart Light Switch

Simply replace current switches with Noon's universal dimmer and its smart tech automatically creates customized lighting scenes and provides smart features such as Night Light and Vacation Mode.…
C by GE Sol lamp
C by GE’s Sol lamp is the industry’s first Amazon Alexa-integrated lighting product. It combines functional illumination, visual indicators for everyday tasks, and personal assistant capabilities without the need for a standalone Alexa device. www.cbyge.com

2018: Year of the Smart Home, Part 1

When you think about Amazon’s top sellers, you may consider books, or even a toy. Wait, maybe a video game?  Actually, during the 2017 holiday season, its top seller was none of the above. It was…
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The new Amazon Echo Show is just one reason. (Photo: Amazon)

3 Reasons Why 2018 Is the Year of the Smart Home

The year 2018 is expected to be the year of the smart home — the year consumers finally embrace the true smart home movement — and there's good reason to see why. LED bulbs are coming down in price…