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Lighting and lighting control - the Ethereal companion to architecture.

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Lighting and lighting control Design

With the creative use of fittings, luminaires, colour temperatures and controls, Merge achieves stunning results for our clients, dramatically enhancing living spaces from ultra modern studios to stately homes and listed buildings.

The collective vision of client, designer and architect

Since lighting has a powerful impact, both visually and emotionally, we design our systems in close co-operation with the client, designer and architect to realise their collective vision, bringing many years of industry knowledge and experience to the partnership.

Applying our sensible and effective design principles to every systems integration scheme

Whilst Merge has a passion for pushing boundaries and creating award-winning designs, we realise that not every room in every home needs opulent lighting. We are sensible and realistic in our approach to managing energy savings targets, applying the same design principles to more basic schemes and achieving the correct saturation and dissipation of light, which is all too often a shortcoming of generic layouts.

Control of lighting and related systems

Merge places powerful lighting control at your fingertips, allowing you to adjust mood scenarios at the touch of a button, for both individual rooms and whole home operations. As standard, all Merge systems offer custom programming to make life simpler, safer and more enjoyable. This includes, but is not limited to:

Sleep mode

Dims the bedroom lighting slowly, over a 30 second period, and fades all lights associated with the bedroom suite (including dressing room and en suite) to off.

Master sleep mode

Dims the bedroom suite slowly to off and shuts the rest of the home down for the night, leaving key areas dimly lit, the security system activated, and the perimeter lights on. What if you’ve forgotten to turn off the cinema equipment? Our program interogates all systems and ensures they are switched off for the night.

Watch TV / Cinema mode

With a single button press, switches on the TV whilst simultaneously dimming the lights to an appropriate level and closing the blinds, curtains or shutters.

Merge systems are programmed according to the 95 / 5 rule. This assumes that, most of the time, you will watch TV with a certain light setting but, should you want something different, our simple interfaces allow you to change the settings, adjusting each lighting circuit individually as your mood dictates. If you like the new 'live' scene you've created, you can simply press and hold the scene button and the new mood will be available in the future.

Merge offers complete flexibility in all our systems.

Entertainment modes

Set complex, house-wide lighting scenes that can be switched as the event progresses.

Say you've invited 20 guests to a lively dinner party. You may want to start the evening with a scene that lights the entrance bollards, driveway, reception, gardens, pool and perimeters for a welcoming effect. At the same time, you'll want the kitchen, living and dining rooms lit appropriately, with different levels distinguishing the common areas from the more private. In this mode, the guest water closet can, for example, be set to a low level and raised when a motion sensor detects that someone has entered.

Later, you may wish to dim the ceiling lights to a mood setting, lighting the fireplaces, artworks and interesting nooks and crannies with picture lights and free standing lamps. The same interface will allow you to quickly set your favourite party playlist and volume levels, using an on-wall keypad, touch panel, remote control or ipad.

Merge includes several large entertainment scenes in all of our projects.

Schedules and logic

Perform regular tasks, using sensor data to respond to ambient conditions

One of the many pleasures of living with an automation system is that you can take certain things for granted. You can, for example, have the peace of mind of knowing that your perimeter, garden and entrance lights will automatically come on, just before sunset, every day. Since the time of sunset changes over the year, Merge systems pinpoint your location based on longitude and automatically adjust for both daily changes and for daylight savings. If it should get dark before sunset because the sky is overcast, the daily schedule can be overridden by an external light sensor.

Merge can program an 'if' sequence into any function of any system or subsystem. For example, irrigation may be set to come on at 10am each day unless a rain sensor detects that it has been raining.

Recent large scale schemes

In addition to our residential work, Merge design and commission challenging, large-scale lighting control and systems control schemes, including:

A recreation of the Henri Mattisse Chapel du Rosaire in Vence, France where, in addition to room lighting, audio system and controls, we have reproduced the effect of daylight through the vast stained glass windows. See full story here

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle museum lighting

The theatrical lighting features, complete audio visual facilities and control for the official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle museum. See full story here

Integrated Systems

Look at our exciting work in progress

Chapel du Rosaire lighting system

A recreation of the Henri Mattisse Chapel du Rosaire in Vence

Chapel du Rosaire lighting system

Lighting features for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle museum

Total control

In addition to lighting control, Merge can integrate all of the systems throughout your property into one easy to use control panel.

New Vantage TPT 650 controller
New Vantage TPT 650 controller
New Vantage TPT 650 controller

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