Wednesday, April 15, 2015

...And then there was light...

Hello again!  I have really missed talking with you all!!!  It has been a long while since I blogged about updates.  Between planning our belated honeymoon (because we kind of purchased a house during the 'normal' honeymoon phase), trying to piece together ideas, and working, this gal has been super busy.  Most of our ideas are in-progress, which basically means nothing is finished!  HAHAHA

So why not show at least one of our in-progress projects right?

So without further hesitation, we have lights!  We decided to changed all our builder grade lighting to LEDs.  Many of you have read about the install of what I like to call the 'Entertainment Package'.  One of the many features of the Savant system is to customize the lighting controls throughout the home.  For instance, if I wanted to watch a movie in my 'Woman Cave', I could press a button and the lights in that room or on the entire level, could dim to my specifications.  

In order to make that happen, we would need to install dimmer panels throughout the house as well as dimmable lights.  

First we replaced the switches and switch plates with custom colors to match the wall color from Lutron.  I will spare you the details, but ladies and gents...this requires electrical work.  My husband installed these and he is not an electrician.  Are you wondering if he got shocked during this process?  Well YES, he did.  Even thought I told him to cut the power off to the entire house, he decided not to listen and voila!  I was headed to Target anyways...and I can stay in that place for hours so it would not have ruined my day.  But nooooo...he's a man...he "got this"...and he got shocked!  LOL LOL LOL  My poor husband.  He wasn't hurt but I was worried about him.  I can laugh about it now, but I would hate for something serious to happen to him.  After a couple of days, most locations were installed.  We are still awaiting delivery of some panels and switches so we have more to do before it is complete.  

Next, we needed to replace all the lights in these dimmable areas.  We replaced all the builder lighting with dimmable LEDs.  This is not a cheap replacement because those bulbs can add up quickly, but once you invest upfront, you should be good for about 10 years!  They will pay for themselves in no time! 

I tested the dimmable action in the kitchen and the LEDs really made a huge difference.  The lights are now LED bright whites which really show the true color of our paint selections.  I am soooo happy these worked for us.  To our surprise, they actually made the kitchen appear larger.    

Here are just a few pics of how things really look!  Yes, these are real life pictures and sometimes I am afraid to turn off a light.  HA!  Silly looks unfinished so deep down I don't know if I will be shocked or not!  HAHAHA  Just kidding (but not really)!!!  

Lutron dimmer install 

Lutron dimmer install


Installing LEDs bulbs in kitchen

LED arrival
After everything has been installed, I will update you all.  I believe we will be doing some patch work or caulking because the Lutron wall plates are smaller than the builder grade plates.  We want to make sure we have a finished look when complete.  

I should point out that we will be doing soft lighting in the bedrooms instead of the bright white lights.  

I have a few things started but unfinished.  I can say our guestroom is 95% complete.  If you want to see that, I would be happy to show you.  We just hung the window panels and love it!  

What about you?  Do you have any in-progress projects that you are excited about finishing?  Also, what are your thoughts on lighting?  Do you prefer soft white or bright white LEDs, or do you even have a preference?    



  1. Very cool. Chris is a big fan of dimmers, so that's a project I will have to take on asap. Hopefully I won't get shocked in the process :). So are you able to dim, turn on, turn off all your lights via iPad through the savant app?

    1. Hi five to Chris right? LOL. It's such a cool add-on! Yes, please don't get shocked!!!!
      As far as the app go, yes, you can control everything through the app. We currently control all TV and music functions. It's actually an app that is easy on the eyes and very easy to control. I'm starting to feel lazy about life with this thing, but who's judging! LOL LOL LOL