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Controlling lighting at the touch of a button has been an important aspect of home life since the invention of the light switch. With a smart home system, it can be even easier. The variations of natural sunlight plus the number and locations of electric lights in your house can make it difficult to adjust them all to get the perfect ambiance. Now, your family and guests can enjoy the luxuries of a smart home system, which lets you pre-set and easily control the scene of your indoor spaces with a simple click.

Benefits of a smart home system

There are many benefits to having your home electronically connected to a central control. For example, if you leave the house on the way to a child’s soccer game or a spouse’s work function and forget to turn the lights off, you can use a mobile phone app from remote locations to select “dim” or “off” settings so as not to tempt intruders. When you are hosting an afternoon party and the conversation and laughter lead the crowd past sunset, one simple touch lets you adjust the ambiance for guest comfort and mood. You no longer must interrupt your entertaining to run around and adjust multiple lamps and window shades by hand.

A smart home system can be placed in just the one or two rooms of your house that are most used, such as the kitchen and living room, or it can be installed throughout the entire house for your ease and convenience. You can program different light levels to meet your needs. These systems can also be integrated with thermostats, shades, and other smart home technology.

 

What comprises a smart home system?

The system is comprised of a set of several smart home devices and controls that are interconnected to create your desired scene at a moment’s notice. There are several different Lutron home automation systems, each containing a different combination of these devices. Here is an overview:

  • Keypads – These controls let you pre-program settings so that with a touch of a button, you can change the level of every light source in a room to set the perfect atmosphere. For example, you can pre-set your kitchen controls to: “Dining,” “Entertain,” “Morning,” “Evening,” and “Off.”
  • Remote Controls – Carry remote controls with you or leave them on end tables or in subtle hiding places for an even more convenient way to regulate your scene.
  • Window Treatments – Raising electronically-retractable shades allows you to harness sunlight during optimal parts of the day, and lowering them provides privacy when desired.
  • Temperature Control – Save money on your heating and cooling when the house is vacant, such as during the middle of the day Monday through Friday.
  • App Control – A mobile phone app lets you govern your house’s settings when
  •  you are away from home.
  • Dimmers and Switches – These devices still allow you to adjust your lights manually if you choose.
  • Sensors – Higher-end smart home packages, such as the Lutron RadioRA, include temperature sensors and occupancy sensors, which adjust lighting levels according to who is in the room, producing maximum energy savings.

 

Lutron’s smart home packages

Lutron has been the name in lighting control since the dimmer was invented in the early 1960s, by Lutron’s founder, Joel Spira. Always on the cutting edge and always perfecting their products, Lutron offers a wide selection of solutions for all lighting control needs, from dimmers to luxury smart home systems. The three control solutions outlined here are the Caséta system, the RadioRA2 system, and the newest addition, the RA2 Select system. Each has its benefits and specific applications.

Lutron Caséta

The Lutron Caséta smart home system is the basic package for houses up to 2,500 sq ft. Control your lights, shades, and temperature from anywhere – whether you’re home or away. Caséta Wireless dimmers and switches install in minutes, work with numerous bulb types – including dimmable LEDs and CFLs – and bring the convenience of a connected home to your fingertips.

Lutron RA2 Select

Enjoy personalized smart lighting and shade control for any home, any budget, with RA2 Select. Added convenience. More comfort. Enhanced peace of mind. Stay in control of your home, even when you’re not there.

Lutron RadioRA 2

This expanded wireless total home control system gives you the ability to adjust the amount of daylight, electric light, and temperature throughout your home. The system also turns off standby power to small appliances when they’re not in use.

 

Lutron Smart Home System Feature Comparison Chart
Caseta WirelessRA2 SelectRadioRA 2
   
System Size50 Devices

2500ft2

100 Devices

5000ft2

200 Devices

7500ft2

ControlsPico Zone ControlsPico Zone ControlsPico Zone Controls
Pico KeypadsPico KeypadsPico Keypads
RF Maestro Dim/SwitchRF Maestro Dim/Switch
RF seeTouch Keypads
RF seeTouch Hybrid Keypads
GRAFIK T Dim/Switch
GRAFIK T Hybrid Keypad
GRAFIK Eye QS Wireless

 

ShadesSivoia QS Wireless*Sivoia QS Wireless**Sivoia QS Wireless
Sivoia QS Triathlon**Sivoia QS TriathlonSivoia QS Triathlon
Serena

 

Temperature ControlThird-Party IntegrationThird-Party IntegrationLutron HVAC Controller
Lutron Wireless ThermostatLutron Wireless ThermostatLutron Wireless Thermostat
TouchPRO Wireless Thermostat
Third-Party Integration

 

SensorsRF Occupancy/Vacancy
RF Temperature

 

Fan ControlMaestro RF Fan ControlMaestro RF Fan Control

 

Software/AppLutron AppLutron AppConnect App
Essentials/Inclusive software for programming

 

Why Gross Electric?
It’s no coincidence that Gross Electric has been in business for over 100 years. Our longevity has equipped us to offer confidence: confidence in our products, confidence in our knowledge, and confidence in our commitment to our customers. We have two Lutron-trained staff members and a whole host of staff with years of experience under their belts. We stand by the solutions we offer for your lighting needs.

Stop in to one of our locations or fill out our contact form to learn more about Lutron smart home systems.

 

References:

Lutron Caséta Wireless Overview – http://www.lutron.com/en-US/Products/Pages/SingleRoomControls/CasetaWireless/Overview.aspx

Lutron RadioRA2 System Overview – http://www.lutron.com/en-US/Products/Pages/WholeHomeSystems/RadioRA2/Overview.aspx

Lutron RA2 Select System Overview – http://www.lutron.com/en-US/Products/Pages/WholeHomeSystems/RA2Select/Overview.aspx