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Lighting Control Systems and their Top 5 Benefits

When it comes to residential lighting, most people are familiar with traditional light switches and dimmers that can be controlled manually. However, a lighting control system can bring a new level of control and automation to your home. These systems go beyond a simple switch-controlled dimmer and offer a range of advanced features and benefits. In this blog post, we’ll explore the difference between manually controlled dimmers and a lighting control system, and dive into the top 5 benefits of the latter.

An example of a lighting control panel.

First, let’s clarify the difference between a manually controlled dimmer and a lighting control system. A manually controlled dimmer is a type of dimmer switch that replaces a traditional light switch and allows you to adjust the brightness of a single light or a group of lights manually. These devices can be incorporated into a home-automation based lighting control system, provided that the dimmer is compatible.

On the other hand, a panelized lighting control system is a more advanced lighting solution. These systems rely on a panel that resembles a traditional electrical panel, but instead of breakers it contains modules that control lighting loads. Keypads are located where the light switches normally are, and often can replace multiple switches with a single-gang keypad, reducing wall clutter.

Both types of lighting control systems allow you to control multiple lights or groups of lights using a keypad, touchscreen, or a mobile device. These systems can be customized to suit your specific lighting needs and can include a range of advanced features such as automated lighting scenes, occupancy sensors, and motorized shade control.

Now, let’s dive into the top 5 benefits of a lighting control system:

Energy Efficiency

A lighting control system can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home. With the ability to control multiple lights or groups of lights from a central control panel, you can easily turn off lights in unoccupied rooms or dim the lights in areas with natural light. This can result in significant energy savings and lower utility bills.

A pair of lighting control keypads on a wood wall with a kitchen in the background. The left keypad has 3 buttons and the right has 2.
A benefit of keypads is a convenient way to activate scenes, raise or lower your shades or even control your music.


A lighting control system also offers a high level of convenience. With the ability to control your lights using a mobile device, a keypad, or a touchscreen, you can easily adjust your lighting settings from anywhere in your home. Additionally, you can program custom lighting scenes for different activities, such as watching a movie or hosting a dinner party, which can be activated with the touch of a button.

Improved Ambiance

A kitchen with a lighting scene activated. There are can lights, pendants, under cabinet and cove lights in the image. One of the benefits of a lighting control system is the ease of activating a scene.
Lighting control scenes make it easy to activate a group of lights in a room

A lighting control system allows you to create a customized lighting environment that suits your preferences. With the ability to adjust the color, intensity, and temperature of your lights, you can create a range of moods and atmospheres, from bright and energetic to warm and cozy.

Increased Security: A lighting control system can also enhance the security of your home. With the ability to program your lights to turn on and off at different times, you can create the illusion that someone is home even when you’re away. This can deter intruders, as well as give you peace of mind while you’re away from home.

Promotes Healthy Circadian Rhythm

One of the lesser-known benefits of a lighting control system is that it can promote a healthy circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythm is the natural 24-hour cycle that regulates our sleep-wake cycle, and it can be influenced by exposure to light. A lighting control system allows you to adjust the color temperature and intensity of your lights to match the natural patterns of daylight, which can help regulate your body’s circadian rhythm. This can result in better sleep, improved mood, and increased productivity.

Any color of the rainbow can be achieved with some LED tape lights.

In conclusion, a lighting control system offers a range of advanced features and benefits that go beyond a manual switch-controlled dimmer. From energy efficiency and convenience; to improved ambiance, increased security, and promotion of a healthy circadian rhythm; a lighting control system can enhance your home in many ways. If you’re interested in discussing a lighting control or home automation system, contact HomeRun Electronics today.

Sheina Schaefer-Eder

Manager, Production Electrical Operations

Sheina is a Colorado native and joined HomeRun Electronics in 2017. She started ine the electrical department with invoicing and worked up to managing the Production Electrical Team. She is married with 6 children and 3 grandchildren. In her off time, she enjoys yard work, camping, and spending time with her dogs.

Lela-Rose Thom

Manager, Customer Care

Lela started her career in the home services/builder industry in 2013 and joined HomeRun Electronics in August of 2022. She has a wealth of knowledge within the industry and interpersonal skills. Lela’s husband is a military dog handler, they have two amazing children, and a love for animals. In her time off she can be found in her garden rocking out to Stevie Nicks.