With controllability becoming the standard in just about every industry (including lighting), it’s something you may be thinking about offering to your customers. But what’s the best lighting control?
The answer depends on your needs and preferences, as well as a few other factors. But no matter which type of control you choose, you’ll enhance your customers’ experience by giving them the ability to program and customize their own lighting. All major studies show that better lighting translates to better sales!
Two factors to consider when you’re searching for the best lighting control are industry applications and the type of controller.
There are many different types of lighting control technologies to choose from, and depending on your industry, one may work better than another. A few industries we work with — and help manufacturers find controllable lighting solutions for — include appliance, architectural, marine, RV, and vehicular. Let’s review how you can add cutting-edge technology to your projects.
Lighting for appliances often falls under the accent lighting category, with customizable options available for customers to further set their illumination apart. The best lighting control for your appliance accent lighting may be one of the following:
Those in need of architectural applications are often looking for accent or task lighting to illuminate their restaurants, offices, theaters, and other locations. Some of the best lighting controls for architectural accent or task lighting include:
If you manufacture watercraft like yachts or pontoons, you’re naturally going to search for waterproof lighting controls for your on-deck illumination. To illuminate your watercraft and offer your customers cutting-edge technology, consider these controls:
RV manufacturers typically look for lighting solutions that will accent their product’s best features and allow customers to easily manage the interior’s brightness. Lighting controls that work well for RV accent lighting include the following:
For utility and emergency vehicle manufacturers, your primary concern is task lighting for customers who need to concentrate on what they’re doing. The best lighting control for your task-oriented vehicular customers may be any one of these:
The type of lighting controller you choose likely depends on your preference, as well as what you think your target audience would most appreciate with their lighting. That might be dimmers or remotes, nodes or modules, or app-enabled solutions, based on those preferences.
Dimmers are typically in the wall and on a switch, letting your customers easily manage the brightness in their home, restaurant, office, or theater. But some users might prefer a wireless lighting control that doesn’t require any electrical installation or having to physically go to a dimmer switch to turn the brightness up or down. For these customers, an RGB Controller might be a more desirable option.
Nodes or modules are devices that typically send and receive instructions and data wirelessly, with their own unique address. In the case of the CAN Bus Node, there are four addresses available for your customers, and Vista Gateway, our NMEA 2000 Interface, offers a six-channel output. Our Addressable Controller requires two to three different types of wiring connections, but installation (and using its controller switch) is easy.
For customers who want the latest technology in lighting controllability, app-enabled solutions are the way to go. Bluetooth with Switch Feature and Bluetooth Mini-Module work with the Vista Connect App so users can completely customize their RGB lights. This app lets them program lighting on demand for just about any application; they can even sync their lights to music with the app!
While you have plenty of options, the best lighting control for your unique customer base will depend on your industry, the type of controller you’d like to offer, and the level of Bluetooth capability you wish to give them. No matter which solution you choose, your buyers will appreciate having cutting-edge technology at their fingertips so they can customize their lighting the way they want to.
Since 1971, Vista has helped manufacturers gain a competitive advantage by merging quality and innovative lighting products with cost-effective pricing and on-time delivery. To learn more, please contact us or connect with us on LinkedIn.