One of the most exciting things about the lighting industry is the new technology that debuts every year. It can also be one of the biggest challenges, as manufacturers attempt to integrate new lighting technology into their fixtures. Lamps, lanterns, and light bulbs have come a long way in the past 100 years, and homeowners today have more energy-efficient options than ever before. As a Lighting One showroom, your store can provide customers with the technology they want and the fixtures they need for their homes. Dimmer switches and timers can give homeowners control over their lights, but new technology gives them the ability to make their houses smarter and more efficient.
Sensors and Smartphone Controls
Today’s home is all about integration – everything from the refrigerator to the washing machine can talk to the owner through their smartphone. Lighting is no different, and with smart sensors that detect when someone leaves or enters a room to overall control through a smartphone app, people have more command over their fixture than ever before. If someone forgets to turn off the lights when they leave the house, they can switch everything off from their phone instead of having to turn around, go back inside, and flip a switch.
There are also now voice-controlled lights, and while it’s not a new breakthrough, the level of control is better than ever. What used to seem like something out of a science-fiction movie is now readily available at most lighting stores. People who come in the door with their hands full of groceries don’t want to stumble through a dark hallway, and being able to tell the lights to turn on can save people a lot of headaches. If a room has zoned lighting, such as a living room with a home theater area, the homeowner can tell the room which lights they’d like to have on.
Giving Customers More Options
Your showroom is stocked with countless fixtures, and with the addition of new control technologies, customers will have even more options from which to choose. While this may seem like a negative thing at first, it can actually provide them with better direction, especially when they want their home to be smarter, more efficient, and more functional. Ceiling fixtures that use LED bulbs and that can be placed on smart sensors could be exactly what your next customer is looking for!
Lighting One is the largest independent buying co-op and lighting and home décor retailer in the United States. With more than 270 innovative lighting retail locations in the US and Canada, and more than 30 aligned suppliers, Lighting One provides benefits, programs, and support services that give member retailers a competitive edge in the industry. If you own a lighting showroom and would like to know more about our co-op program, please contact us today. We can help you find manufacturers who are making the newest lighting technology, and connect you with suppliers that will get those products into your store.