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Using Architectural Lighting Controls to Elevate a Design Space


Custom Keypad Designs From Lutron, Meljac, and Basalte Enhance the Overall Design

Interior designers and architects know that lighting is as important to a building’s beauty and aesthetics as the brick and mortar, the solid forms that shape and define. As Edward P. Bartholomew, architect professor, said, "Light should not interpret architecture; it must transform it! Light should not enhance space and form; it should empower it!"

Because of brands like Lutron, the power of light is transforming homes. But lighting is more than tone and intensity and even ease of use. Of course, Lutron, as a leader in lighting product design, understands that the fixtures that line a home’s walls are a critical component in the overall design. 

That’s where custom keypads from Lutron, Meljac, and Basalte help define designers’ and architects’ attention to detail. As a Lutron dealer in Oyster Bay, NY, we work with countless professionals in the industry who turn to Cravtsman to integrate and program these lighting controls. You have enough on your plate; As technology professionals, let us help you enhance your space and elevate the overall design. 

Let’s take a look at why architects and designers turn to these unique custom keypads that deliver beauty and inviting, intuitive control.

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Lutron’s Alisse Wall Control

Lutron’s latest keypad control, Alisse, took custom keypad design to the next level. Each button appears surrounded by a halo of light and is set into a sleek, thin profile that results in less than 1/8" protrusion from the wall. In addition, their hand-finishing process brings out true beauty and elegance in their 11 signature metal finishes. These include aged bronze, satin nickel, and architectural white, which can be further personalized with unique engravings.

Several button configurations, engraved in text or illustrative icons, enable our technicians to program just the right amount of scenes that integrate with Lutron’s HomeWorks system for every family’s needs. Whether entertaining, retiring or settling in for movie night, one push of the button will set dynamic lighting, shades, and temperature. 

Basalte’s Sentido

This multifunctional touch-sensitive keypad is divided into 2-4 equal surfaces. The slightest touch on the elegant high-grade metal finish works with Lutron HomeWorks to control set scenes. This unique design can blend in with a home's layout or stand out for a bold statement, with premium hand-made finishes including bronze, rose, and brushed aluminum.

Sentido keypads also contain an internal temperature sensor that keeps the home automation system up-to-date. Finishing touches include a changeable multicolor LED light in the middle. Because of its sophisticated design, Sentido has received several design and architecture awards, including the Good Design granted by the Chicago Athenaeum.

Meljac Keypads

Meljac keypads integrate into Lutron lighting control systems through the use of contact-closure interfaces, momentary push buttons, and toggles. Both aesthetic and functional, these switches utilize flush or raised buttons and come in brushed brass, chrome mirror with blueish sheens, shiny or micro-blasted medium bronze, and other bronze patinas. Customized engravings complete the design.

Our integration specialists can program Meljac keypads to select various scenes, brighten or dim lights, open and close blinds, control multi-room audio or reveal a hidden TV.

These architectural, elegantly designed lighting controls deliver the ultimate in personalized, functional beauty. For more information on working with a technology professional to elevate design and function, call Cravtsman today. 

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