The owner of a newly built house in Miami was keen to make an integrated lighting system the centerpiece. Working in the broadcast television industry, he was already struck by the “magic of studio lighting” and how it can create dramatic simulations, and he wanted something similar for his sprawling abode, like an LED lighting wall display that conjures the illusion of an aquarium. So, he turned to local integrator Maxicon to help realize his tech dreams.
Maxicon relied on both Lutron as the “brains” of the lighting control system and Ketra S38 lamps “to be our recessed lighting heroes,” says Jessica Persyko, who works in marketing at Maxicon.
“Our design was looking great until we started testing the drivers between our whole-house control system and the DMX server. We became experts at providing feedback of how this driver needed to work,” adds Persyko, noting that the owner wanted individual color wheel control of each light. “We created multiple galaxies with lighting scenes that can be controlled using Alexa, keypads, and OS interfaces.”
Various types of RGBW lighting, including recessed, coved, and outdoor, were embraced, and its challenging coordination required a Maxicon lighting designer working closely with the company’s controls team. All LED strips and bulbs in the great room, media room, and kitchen can be individually controlled, and merely by telling Alexa to “Turn on Miami,” the owner can instantly amp up his house and make it party-ready through infinite color combinations, like a soaring hallway swathed in mint green.
Besides accommodating scheduled lighting events, the human-centric system also mimics natural light. “Each light has a fader, so he’s capable of creating his own lighting scenes to take you to any time of the day in any room of the house,” says Persyko. “Like many, our customer is a workaholic and with this state-of-the-art system he can trick his body into thinking that Midnight is really afternoon.”
A version of this article was originally published by CEPro.