01 Oct Fall Objects of Desire: Shading Systems that Set the Right Mood for Every Occasion
Here is our first instalment in our Fall Objects of Desire series – where we will uncover the best and the most exceptional in interior design wants, needs and MUST HAVES! Discover a whole new world of high-tech integrated lighting and shading systems that will revolutionize how you plan your indoor spaces to best interact with the outdoor potential.
The Lutron story began in the late 1950s in Joel Spira’s makeshift lab in New York City. A young physicist fascinated by the aesthetic manipulation of light, Spira commandeered the spare bedroom in the apartment he shared with his wife, Ruth, and set out to invent a solid-state device that would enable people to vary the intensity of the lights in their homes. The very idea was radical. At that time, lighting control was a complicated and expensive affair, requiring bulky rheostats that used a lot of energy and generated a great deal of heat. Most people would never think of having dimmers in their homes because they were just too difficult to install.
That all changed in 1959, when Spira emerged from his lab with a solid-state dimmer that could replace the light switch in a standard residential wallbox. By 1961, when Joel and Ruth Spira incorporated Lutron Electronics – a company with a catalogue of products that would revolutionize home and commercial lighting and automated shading systems around the world!
Joel and Ruth knew that lighting control could contribute to society in multiple ways. Dimmers were both elegant and useful, and they allowed people to control their lights as never before.
Dimmers were practical too. They saved energy, and the more you used them, the more energy they saved. It only seemed logical to extend the integrated systems into automated shading systems that also help maximize lighting efficiency and capitalize on energy saving opportunities.
They were right. Today, Lutron holds over 2,700 worldwide patents. Their innovations also include systems of dimmers and motorized window shades that control both electric light and daylight though either wired or wireless systems. These systems integrate seamlessly with your home and business needs to perfectly synchronize with day light availability for maximum efficiency and ecstatic appeal. With so many design detail options, the possibilities are truly limitless.
Another facet that keeps Lutron successful is the company’s commitment to its customers. Since the beginning, the company has maintained exceptional service, offering 24-hour technical support for its products, and a friendly customer service department that sustains close relationships with their clients.
Stand Out: Remote Control Shades
Lutron automation products range from individual shades to total light management systems that control entire building complexes. Lutron control systems beautify some of the world’s most prestigious public locations: the Statue of Liberty; the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; and the Bank of China headquarters in Beijing, to name just a few. On the commercial side, Lutron light controls automated essential lighting and shading in hotels, restaurants, retail stores, conference facilities, educational facilities, hospitals, museums, and public spaces.
Individual dimmers and remotes create a cozy atmosphere at the touch of a button, or can be operated from the car to turn lights on as you approach the house. The whole system can be operated remotely from a cell phone, PDA, laptop, iPod, touch screen, or universal remote control. No matter where they’re installed or how big the system, every Lutron products saves energy by reducing electrical consumption. Taken as a whole, Lutron automation controls have reduced electrical use by 9.2 billion kWh, which reduces their customers’ electric bills by $1 billion annually.
From concept, to designing, planning and executing at any scale, National Drapery’s Design and Style team are here to help you bring your interior design needs and wants together in perfect harmony. Efficiency, ecstatic optimization and full integration at your fingertips – we can do it all!