As all facets of technology continue to evolve at a rapid pace, it can be all too easy to look at these innovations and marvel at how simple they appear to make life to be. It's only been a decade or so since the smartphone really took a foothold in the market – but 1.4 billion of the devices were sold globally in 2015, and 70 per cent of adults in New Zealand have access to one, according to Research NZ.
At Aesthetic Lighting Solutions, we understand that simplicity is key.
Part of the smartphone's rise in popularity is down in no small part to the fact that they are so easy to use. Yes, they allow you to talk and text like any mobile does, but they also act as a camera, television, stereo, map, fitness monitor – and much more. However, performing all of these functions is not difficult for the smartphone owner – if it was, there is no way that would have proved so wildly successful.
The same philosophy can apply to lighting design. Today, there are many incredible things that lighting can do to improve a workspace, home or even a complete building, but all of this creativity and innovation would mean nothing if its features were too difficult to understand. That's why we at Aesthetic Lighting Solutions are forever on the lookout not only for the very latest and greatest cutting-edge technology, but also the simplest, most intuitive control interfaces that don't require a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering to operate.
For over a century now, human beings have turned the lights or off via the simple flick of a switch. Dimming, in the average household at least, is performed by twisting a knob this way or the other, and that's something that most of us understand. Why, then, should such a simple task become such an arduous one with the advent of modern lighting? It needn't have to be.
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Just take a look at Aesthetic Lighting Solutions' range of architectural and commercial lighting, not to mention that which is designed for use in the home. No matter how great the technology (which is designed to give the user an easier, more beneficial experience in the first place) if the everyday person cannot fathom it, what use is it all?
At Aesthetic Lighting Solutions, we understand that simplicity is key. In a forthcoming post, we're going to examine just why lighting control interfaces should be easy to control even for someone that has never used one before – after all, everyone deserves to see these technological wonders in action!