Percentage of New Homes with Lighting Control Doubles Over 2 Years

New data from joint CTA/NAHB study reveals the percentage of builders offering lighting control (68%) continues to rise, while the penetration rate for lighting control hits an all-time high at 11% of new homes, twice the rate of two years ago.


Builders are increasingly “seeing the light.” No, it is not a reflection of their attendance at church, but the growth in the offer and installation of lighting control in new homes.

According to new data from the “14th Annual State of the Builder Technology Market Study” conducted jointly by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), more than two-thirds of all homebuilders offered automated lighting controls as an amenity in their newly constructed homes in 2015.

That rate is nearly 20-percent higher than six years ago, when less than half of builders (49 percent) offered it. (see chart below.)

The percentage of builders offering automated lighting control has risen 19% since 2009. 

But it is not just the availability of lighting control that has increased; the percentage of homes that actually have it installed has also nearly doubled in just two years. In 2015, 11 percent of all new homes had lighting control. That is nearly double from the 6-percent penetration rate in new homes in 2013. (see chart below.)

Automated lighting control penetration in new homes has nearly doubled since 2013. 

Automated lighting control is defined in the survey as a system that allows for control and programming of two or more lights by a controller. Lighting control can be automated based on user specifications, time of day and pre-determined scenes.

Some other good news from the study is that the percentage of builders who do not see profit potential in automated lighting control fell to just 15 percent, and builders are seeing an increase in consumer demand for the technology. Among the builders who do not offer lighting control, 73 percent say it is because consumer demand is low. That figure is down from 77 percent in 2014.

Lastly, for the first time the study asked builders what type of interface their clients want to use to control their home lighting (as well as other subsystems). An app on a mobile device and the touchscreen tied for the most desired interface, with 64 percent of homebuyers preferring those two devices. Remote controls are preferred by 50 percent, while manual switches/buttons on the component itself are wanted by 30 percent of buyers. Lastly, website interfaces are preferred by 29 percent of new home buyers.

About the Author

Jason Knott
Jason Knott:

Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald's Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.