Hamilton Takes Control of Luxury Penthouses
Blue Bay Properties, Bournemouth
8 June 2010
Decorative electrical wiring accessories and lighting controls manufacturer, Hamilton Litestat, supplied its Digital Mercury lighting control systems through to a number of high specification properties developed by Blue Bay Properties Ltd in Bournemouth.
The first is a clifftop development of 12 modern apartments and two luxury penthouses with stunning sea views. Digital Mercury systems were installed throughout the two penthouses including in the bedrooms and ensuites where six circuits were wired in, giving the owners complete control over the lighting levels via a remote control and a single control plate.
In order to blend in with the penthouses' ultra contemporary designs, Hamilton was commissioned to produce bespoke plates to house the control points, which involved taking the slimline, smooth design of the Sheer accessories range and producing a special gloss white finish to the specification of the developers.
"Blue Bay Properties and similar developers look to lighting controls and other technologies to provide those added buying incentives at the top end of the market - ones that make your property stand out from the one down the road with equally lovely views," commented Julian Chruchill, head of lighting controls at Hamilton Litestat. "And as long as the wiring is done correctly there is a lot of scope for homeowners to add to the technology in the future as new products come to market."
Blue Bay Properties successfully sold the two penthouses and is now developing two luxury semi-detached homes in the Bournemouth area which will also be home to Hamilton's Digital Mercury systems, this time on classic yet contemporary Hartland CFX plates with their patented concealed fixing system. Hamilton's Digital Mercury lighting control system is an intelligent dimming system that may be incorporated on to any of Hamilton's plate finishes. Bespoke plates may also be designed to match a particular interior scheme. It can allow scene setting with easy sequence changes that the system can remember and reproduce at the touch of a button.
Control options include rotary (a traditional dial control), momentary (retractive rocker or push button), scene-set (push button illuminated from behind with storable scene-set and infra-red option) and infrared remote control (all options available via a plate with a receiver and fully equipped handset). The settings are unaffected by power failure and the systems can be added to and upgraded at any point to increase the level of sophistication.
The controls can be centrally located or split over more than one control pack around the property, the latter option allowing packs to be controlled individually or grouped together depending on the needs of the user. A number of circuits can be controlled via a single plate with multiple control points, making the system less visually intrusive.
Digital Mercury is suitable for use on resistive loads, low voltage (including most electronic transformers) fluorescent and LEDs.
Ian Hamilton, managing director of decorative electrical wiring accessories, audio and lighting controls manufacturer Hamilton Litestat, looks at the benefits of lighting controls within energy management systems in new builds and refurbishments.