Lighting & Shade Control

Control your atmosphere

Controllable and intelligent lighting can be the key to creating just the right atmosphere throughout your property for all occasions, whilst making your home welcoming, energy efficient and secure. Integrating lighting solutions with shading provides the ability to easily control motorised blinds and curtains, adapting to levels of natural light automatically or giving the impression you are home for security purposes. Lighting can be scheduled to turn on and off at random times of the day, along with shades lowering and curtains drawing…

As well as lighting keypads, you can also have the ability to control the lighting & shading systems via a mobile app and voice control. Through the app, you will also be able to adjust lighting scenes yourself, so you can be in total control of the system.

Design & Install

Modus Vivendi are able to design and install shade and lighting systems for properties allowing for the fully centralised use of all lights and other devices, as well as mood lighting. In modern architectural designs, new properties incorporate vast glass surfaces, which allow natural light to flow, but also therefore requires regulation. This can be achieved through the use of intelligent / controllable motorised shade control systems , blinds and curtains which are fully integrated within a lighting control or home automation installation. Where a property hasn’t been constructed with the necessary cabling, it is still possible to retrofit wireless lighting and shading systems, and have them integrated with a house control system.

To compliment the interior design, each of the lighting systems we use offer their keypads in a wide selection of finishes. This also means that we can match other wall plates and sockets within the rooms to provide aesthetic consistency throughout your home.


Further to controlling artificial lighting, the control of ambient lighting through automatic shades can be crucial, working in harmony in order to achieve the desired lighting levels, depending on your specific needs, times of the day, seasons and rooms within the property. A lighting control system not only offers greater control and enhances your lifestyle, but can also reduce your electricity costs and extend the life of lighting fixtures and bulbs through utilising sensors and timers.

As well as the aforementioned benefits, the design of lighting throughout a property is critical to successfully enhancing the home and complimenting your interior design. Our lighting designers will specify the right type of light and fitting for the application.

  • Downlighting is the most common form of lighting rooms, but when there is an absence of thought put in to the positioning, most rooms are left with an uninspiring grid formation.  The key is to position downlights to selectively enhance specific features, as opposed to flooding the whole room with a brash and uncomfortable light.
  • Up lighting is a subtle way to introduce drama and highlight key features within a space. Examples of this could be up lighting architectural details such as arches and doorways, fire places or textured wall surfaces.
  • Shelf & Joinery Lighting is a great way to light an area of the room to create another feature, either by back lighting rear panels, front lighting shelves, or using individual miniature spot lights to high light individual ornaments.


  • Under Cabinet Lighting is an excellent way to add task lighting to the area, and at the same time, enhancing the look of your Kitchen. Whilst functional, the dramatic effect of back lighting splashbacks or using linear LED tape across the length of a work surface to provide a pleasant and diffused light, as opposed to visible dots improves the look and feel of the space.
  • Picture Lighting is a good way to ensure your artwork is effectively displayed at night, whilst providing a focal point for the room.
  • Wall Washing introduces an indirect way of lighting a space that provides a nice even distribution of light from floor to ceiling, and is a favourite for creating a ‘mood’ lighting scene.
  • Floor Washing provides the ability to include an extra layer of lighting in to areas of the property that is less obvious, and perfect for creating a pathway through the house late at night or during the early hours of the day.
  • External and Garden Lighting can be utilised to enhance the exterior of your property, and provide a focus on key features, whilst utilising the dark to conceal less attractive elements that are visible during daylight hours.  The most common areas to considering when developing a scheme for exterior lighting are; Driveways, steps, water features, decking & patios, flower beds, trees and steps. Once incorporated in to a lighting control scene, different features could become active at different times, gradually increasing the level of lighting as the evening progressing.


Having a fully controlled lighting & shading system includes the ability to have an ‘all on’ or ‘all off’ button by the front door or bed, change the colour of LED strip lighting altering the mood of the room at the flick of a switch, or just being able to easily raise, lower or even tilt blinds at the touch of a button. Once integrated with a home automation system, these controls can be experienced worldwide, not just within the property, creating a truly smart home.



Another great aspect of our lighting & shade control systems is the Mockupancy feature available with Control4 systems, Vacation mode available with Crestron Home, or Smart Away with Lutron. The system learns about you, your habits and rituals that creates a Mocukupancy as a deterrent to unwanted visitors, allowing your home to appear occupied even when you aren’t there, and providing you with additional piece of mind when you are away on holiday or enjoying late nights out. All you have to do is push a button to activate the function, and let the system do the rest, the lighting & shade systems will recall how you have used them and replay these activities so to anyone outside the house, it looks like someone is still at home, as opposed to lights turning on and off at specific times every day… A great way to add another layer of security to your property.