Hamilton's smart lighting & blind controls set the scene



The Project: Located in one of the most desirable areas of the UK, Infinity is a contemporary waterside home situated on the Sandbanks Road, Poole, Dorset. The sustainable, open-plan property, which has been designed for sought-after inside/outside living, has direct views towards Brownsea Island and is on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This stunning piece of architecture was developed by Hi Homes to be as exquisite as its very special location.

The Brief: Hi Homes’ project brief outlined very specific criteria that it required from a lighting partner. It needed a smart control system that would span a multitude of lighting solutions, blinds, garage doors, electric gates, landscaped grounds and jetty. The system needed to control a large number of circuits individually while having the ability to personalise multiple lighting scenes for each room. Having undertaken much research into smart lighting control, the developer found that the majority of systems with pre-set lighting scenes were created by installers, with a change to the scene settings requiring a further visit from an engineer. However, the client specifically wanted the capability of changing these settings and scenes themselves at a whim’s notice and without the inconvenience and additional cost of installer call outs.


Aesthetically, each control plate needed to complement the contemporary design of the property while being durable and reliable. The plates also needed to control between eight to ten circuits and a minimum of four lighting scenes, with personalised labelling for clarity. 



As well as bespoke control plates, the lighting must be smart device-enabled so it can be controlled via the Hamilton app from either a smart phone or tablet.

To ensure a seamless, cohesive look throughout the modern home, sockets that complemented the design of the light switches were required. These also needed to be tailored to requirements, incorporating functionality beyond a simple switched socket.

The final requirement was to integrate the lighting with leading home automation media control system, Control4, which would provide control for other elements of the home, including the heating and smart audio system.


The Solution: During the research process, Hi Homes came across Hamilton’s solutions. The contemporary design, touch activation and the ability to create bespoke sizes in its capacitive touch control plates made it the ideal choice. The developer arranged to meet with Hamilton’s team to discuss the property and its requirements. Julian Churchill, Smart Systems Manager at Hamilton Litestat, led the project and worked with colleague Steve Apsey, Systems Technical Support, to deliver a solution that met all the requirements and offered additional suggestions to ensure the best possible customer experience.