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Integrators bring natural and artificial lighting to the 15-acre Hamptons estate

Located in the Hamptons of New York’s East End, the owners of this luxurious 15-acre estate saw their lives unfold in the light. They wanted to create a beautiful and above all healthy environment. They also wanted it to fit the mood, and they knew the lighting played a huge part in that, so what followed was a massive overhaul of the existing space. More windows, better colors and, at the center of it all, an extensive control system to achieve true circadian lighting in space.

Nearly 220 light fixtures are part of the project, including chandeliers and sconces. The original fixtures simply did not have the functionality required to support circadian lighting at an effective level, resulting in multiple downshifts. USAI Lighting showroom in New York before the selection was finally made.

Other parts of the house were also redone, including walls, fabrics and windows, which were far too small to meet the owners’ natural lighting needs.

Savant controls help adjust light levels as easily as the sun

Owners can adjust the color temperature of any room’s lighting, allowing for more soothing lighting during workout warm-ups in the owner’s gym.

Above all, teams needed to ensure that each space had enough light fixtures to completely saturate them with light and provide the full circadian effect to the eye, no matter where an occupant was. This was achieved through a series of wash walls and concealed architectural fixtures that run throughout the home, from the living room and kitchen to the personal gym.

Using Learned for USAI Lighting’s Infinite Color+ control and technology, electronics professionals from High integration were able to develop a system that could adapt to whatever the customer needed. The system could just as easily run pre-programmed circadian schedules as it could manually switch between different scenes for owners, the latter “shinning” the most in the gym.

Being able to switch from a “Zen Yoga” scene to a more energetic and active scene for working out, clients can adjust the lighting to evoke particular moods and energy levels as needed. About 75% of the house is actually running on this system, with installation determined by occupancy throughout the day. Architectural lighting can create any type of ambiance needed.

The only sections that don’t have circadian programming are the bedrooms, which instead have their own unique lighting solutions. For these areas, Warm Glow Dimming provides a day-to-night lighting style that offers warmer tones to help occupants get more restful sleep with candle-like lighting.

For owners, the project has reinvigorated them, with more energy during the day and more relaxed, restful sleep at night. Plus, the fact that natural lighting allows all the interior touches and finishes to show their true beauty really adds to the feeling of satisfaction in the home.

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Nick Boever is the editor of DesignWELL365. This article originally appeared on our sister publication DesignWELL365the website of.