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3 Ways Lighting & Shades Are Central To Your Automated Home

Much of this blog, and much of the coolest Crestron automation technology is dedicated to the wow factor. Stunning home theaters, full home 4K distribution, and streaming audio tend to be the technologies that draw new customers into the Crestron automation experience. While an automated home may revolve around these centerpieces, one of the foundations of a true luxury automation experience is the integration of lighting and shading systems.

With Crestron technology, fully integrated lighting control allows you to granularly control the light level of each room of your home. Shades are fully integrated into lighting systems to ensure the perfect amount of light is allowed in throughout the day, creating rooms that are always as cool, comfortable and bright as you want them to be.

GMI and the #DoneRightNotEasy crew pride ourselves on creating simple, reliable and intuitive control systems for our customers. Below are 3 ways that automated lighting and shades are central to our luxury home automation system.


When you invest a significant amount of money into a luxury home, you have an interest in keeping it looking as beautiful as possible at all times. Crestron lighting and shading systems do this by creating flexible room ambiance controlled either directly through your Crestron Touch Screen panels or by pre-programmed settings determined by time of day, temperature, room occupancy or weather conditions. This means that no matter what the lighting conditions outside, you can control the light level inside your home for maximum aesthetic effect. Since the system is centrally controlled the amount of “wall acne” is reduced as Crestron control panels and wall switches are designed for a minimal look and to fit into any interior design motif.

Energy Efficiency

When the #DoneRightNotEasy crew builds out a Crestron control system, energy efficiency is at the top of our priority list. Shading and lighting systems are central to this principle, as a connected lighting control system reduces energy consumption through dimming lights to use only the necessary energy, automatic control of lighting when you enter and exit a room through motion sensors, and harnessing the energy of the sun through light sensors and motorized window shades.


It has been shown by many studies that automated lighting and shading discourage potential intruders. By automatically turning lights on and off, or raising and lowering shades at preset times, your home becomes more secure whether you’re home or away. Since the automation systems built by GMI are deeply interconnected into the home security system, these scenes can be automatically triggered based on the occupancy of the home, or on an individual basis depending on who is entering or leaving the home.

It is for all these reasons and more that a lighting and shading are essential for a truly automated home. While 4K projectors and Dolby Atmos theaters are cool, the foundation of an aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient and secure automated home rests on the lighting and shading system.

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GMI Automation is a full-service automation company that specializes in simple to operate, reliable automation systems that exceed client expectations.  Our exceptional service and award-winning fit and finish is why our clients love and refer us.


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