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It is no surprise that Bluetooth capabilities have found their way into the lighting industry. Today we are surrounded by technology in every facet of our lives. What does this mean for our homes? Part 1 of this article shared how smart appliances are being integrated into our kitchen designs. Part 2 will break down how to incorporate smart electrical investments into your spaces to stay current with today’s devices.

General, task, and ambient lighting are the broad categories of illumination. Recessed lights, chandeliers, exterior sconces, and under-cabinet strips are all types of lighting that most homes have today. How do you turn these fixtures on? Do you have a traditional wall switch? Maybe you have upgraded and added a dimmer to this control. There is nothing wrong with this set up but as the industry continues to evolve how soon will this become outdated?

With Bluetooth technology and the capabilities of some amazing fabricators, designers today are able to incorporate more flexibility into their lighting plans. Just like the appliances mentioned before, light fixtures in your home now have the capability to be controlled on your device. Do you hate walking into a dark home after work or the electrical bill when you leave a light on all day?

Being able to control your home’s lighting on your phone or tablet means you can turn your entry light on when you are around the corner. It also means you can turn the light off from your bed when you are just too cozy to get up. Most importantly it provides a sense of independence to those who have the inability to operate standard switches. This convenience improves the functionality and the safety of our homes and clients who live in them.

To maintain this convenience, it makes sense that charging stations are growing in popularity. USB docking drawings and charging pads are commonly seen in message center areas in kitchens and home office spaces. Depending on your local municipality’s codes, every so many inches a receptacle is needed above a countertop. We are upgrading these standard receptacles with added USB ports to make spaces multifunctional.

Whether it is a drawer, a station, or a USB receptacle, being able to charge your device is crucial when operating all of the smart elements of your home. I do not know about you, but I cannot imagine what the next fifteen years of smart home technology will look like. Whatever it is, let’s embrace it and continue to make our homes the safest and most functional they can be.