Lighting 101: Your Home, your Choice

Hands up if you’ve ever come home exhausted, managed to do a half-hearted version of your bedtime routine, finally gotten comfortable in bed, and then realised… You left the outside lights on! (We’re all raising our hands right now by the way.)

But instead of having to begrudgingly drag yourself out of bed and go switch them off, you just reach for your phone, open your smart lighting remote control app and simply switch them off. (We’re raising our hands here too — smart lighting for the win!)

If you want to put an end to your frustration, you’ve come to the right blog!

Let’s start with the basics…

In our previous blog post, we gave you a breakdown of landscape lighting, what it is, why it’s useful, and the landscape lighting services we offer. We want to take this topic one step further, bring some modern technology into the mix, and give you the lowdown on Smart Outdoor Lighting. 

What is Smart Lighting? 

Simply put, smart lighting is the future of lighting. Smart bulbs and fixtures contain software that connects to a smart accessory (cellphone app, smart home assistant, remote, etc.) which allows you to automate and remotely control the lighting. This eliminates the need for traditional wall and outlet switches.

Smart outdoor lighting is exactly the same as above, just applied to outdoor light fixtures and systems.

Benefits of Smart Outdoor Lighting

  • Easy lighting control
  • Easy maintenance
  • Safety and security
  • Controls all of your outdoor scenes
  • Easily dimmable
  • Energy efficiency 
  • Connectivity
  • Automation
  • Increased property value
  • Instant mood lighting
  • Have fun!

Types of Smart Lighting

There are various types of smart lighting (and smart outdoor lighting) available:

Lighting Control Stations

Lighting Control Stations make it possible to control a number of whole-house lighting scenes from one central point, giving you the power to create a variety of moods with the touch of a button, instead of going from light-switch to light-switch to achieve the same effect.

Light Timers

Light timers make it easier than ever to control your electricity consumption, and can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Room Occupancy Sensors

Room occupancy sensors are especially useful in bathrooms and bedrooms since lights turn on automatically when motion is detected, and turn off automatically when motion ceases. They’re very popular for use in children’s rooms since children often forget to turn lights off when leaving a room, or cannot reach the light switch.


Dimmers give you the power to manipulate the intensity of the lights in your home. Whether you want to dim the lights for a romantic dinner at home, or brighten a room to see better while you’re working, light dimmers are the ideal solution. They affect the ambiance and warmth of a room and are energy-efficient and user-friendly.

Wired Lighting Solutions

Wired lighting solutions give you the power to control all the lights in your home from one stationary point and are a great way to save time and electricity in your building. For example, wired lighting solutions make it possible to turn lamps, fans, holiday lights, and other electrical devices on or off with a programmable digital timer.

Smart Lighting Apps

Various smart light manufacturers offer lighting apps to control your various smart lights and smart switches. This is used for home automation, letting you control your lights, garage, and even your electronic blinds through the use of a tablet or smartphone.

Sunburst Electric’s Smart Lighting Services

We are committed to sourcing and providing high-quality lighting solutions that are energy-efficient and user-friendly. We offer a wide range of lighting control services and solutions, including those listed in this blog. Contact us about upgrading your house or office with a smart lighting solution. Get a hassle-free smart lighting solution that will simplify your day-to-day life.

Contact us today for all of your smart lighting, lighting control, and landscape lighting needs. We offer free quotations with no call-out fee.

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