Warm white LEDs & smart home automation

Project Description

When you’re creating a beautiful home, lighting is right at the top of your list of essentials. Surrey-based interior designer Maggie Walton-Swan put this into effect when she renovated her own home, installing an HDL home-control system to manage LEDs supplied by InStyle.

Nestled on a private driveway in deepest Surrey, the four-storey residence’s architecture was redesigned and remodelled by Maggie herself, in partnership with FGA Ltd.

Her lighting design uses lovely warm white 12-watt LED strips (2,700K) for work-lights and highlights in all rooms around the house, fitted into bespoke coving features throughout.

Pre-cut LED tapes make installation easy!

Maggie ordered her 125 metres of LED strip pre-cut by InStyle to the exact lengths required in each room. Custom-length starter-leads (power cables) were securely soldered to the start of each strip, along with flexible cable links on tape runs that needed to go around sharp corners or angles.

We strongly recommend our cutting and soldering service to all of our customers – it not only makes fitting your LEDs a very simple, no-fuss operation,it also means you’re only paying for the LED tape you need!

Loft / Attic LEDs

Planning for the future

RGB LED strip lights on reel

To create more lighting choices, Maggie has also installed a parallel RGB LED system as well, all run off the same controllers.

This is not a feature she intends to use extensively herself; it’s there in case the next owner would like the option of a splash of colour.

Smart control for homes

Maggie’s residential LED lighting, along with the house’s other smart-building control, is managed by an HDL Automation system. The control gear (as well as drivers and receivers for the LEDs) is housed out of the way in a separate plant room.

The system features smart in-wall keypads which offer DLP (digital light processing) control, as well as regulating the under-floor heating modules, providing the facility to open/close motorised curtains and blinds, and controlling garage doors and the property’s gate entry system.

The whole home-automation system can be managed via two wall-mounted iPads (one in the kitchen and one on the landing).

Outdoor lighting is run by programmable timers, and the interior lights – including the LED strips and LED downlights, wall-lights, lamps, and low-level lights – can all be dimmed and adjusted elegantly and seamlessly.

Upper Landing LEDs

Coving-mounted LEDs can give enclosed spaces like this landing an even, warm tone.

Staircase & Hallway LEDs

Installing consistent LED lighting upstairs and downstairs creates a flow.

Kitchen / Diner LEDs

Warm LEDs complement natural daylight.

Cellar LEDs

Living Area LEDs

Installation showreel

We’ve got a great showcase video of the house, all the way from attic to the basement wine-cellar, showing off the effects that simple white LEDs strips can create. Why not check it out?

Gorgeous design, by Maggie Walton-Swan Interior Design Ltd.

“Beautiful homes can be created in many ways,” Maggie says.

“Some rooms lend themselves to effortless decoration and you know instinctively what is right. Others are more challenging, with practical lighting, layout or usage constraints.

“It is here that my expertise can maximise the potential of your room by helping you decide on the right design, style and colour solution.”

Whether your rooms need nothing more than a de-clutter, or a simple change of colour palette on walls and soft furnishings finished off with light fittings, artwork or accessories – or whether they require a thorough revamp with changes to layout, flooring, lighting layers, furniture, decoration and accessories, you can contact Maggie via her website to arrange an initial no-obligation meeting. It could be the first step to creating a room you will love.