In 1947, Ferrari made history with its first Formula 1 victory, roughly seven years after they made their very first car. It was a humble beginning for a small Italian car manufacturer that would eventually grow into a racing behemoth with iconic cars and more F1 victories than any competitor in its’ class. The successive moments that have immortalized this company have been self-described by Ferrari as a journey “made of passion, craftsmanship and innovation”.
Just over 70 years since their first victory, C&T Electric has recently completed a Ferrari-centric Connecticut Show Garage that can house nearly a dozen of these legendary vehicles. With “passion, craftsmanship, and innovation” in mind, there is only one lighting control system that shares those same values and can achieve an analogous level of performance.
As you walk through the halls of this Connecticut residence, you notice three large frosted windows, with an inconspicuous neutral switch that almost blends into the wall. Pressing this unassuming button does more than your typical light switch. As the tint on the Magic Glass changes from frosted to clear, it reveals a small modern car museum. Vintage neon race signs aglow, adorning the logos of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. Accent lighting around the perimeter illuminates custom racing artwork that wraps the walls while high performance LED track lights that are hidden within Ferrari red clouds fade on, illuminating a jaw dropping collection of racing cars. Ferraris, Maserati’s, Porsches and a Pagani decorate the space and before your drool has a chance to hit the floor, a Ferrari F1 racing car on the far wall appears and is backlit with color changing LED ribbon lighting.
Control extends to see Touch QS keypads throughout the 12,000 square foot residence and while the Show Garage can operate like it’s own entity, it’s part of larger scenes like “Entertain” that reveals the garage in all its glory while dimming interior lights, activating exterior landscape scenes and opening shades throughout the residence, making something that’s wholly impressive on it’s own, part of a larger facet of lifestyle control and customization. We took this one step further by incorporating a Savant integration system that not only controls the lighting, but also controls a pair of televisions mounted within the artwork of the garage and whole home audio system that when paired with the specified lighting design, helps bring the passion of Ferrari to life within these walls.
Five PNL-8’s are distributed throughout the home utilizing adaptive modules for precision LED dimming and a combination of softswitch relays and RF devices are used for additional control in the Show Garage as well as the other three garages that house some more of the every day luxury rides the homeowners enjoy.
With passion, craftsmanship and innovation in mind, the choice was clear. There was only option that could make this dream a reality and that option was Lutron.
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This home in the famed Amangani resort is a perfect combination of ease of use and aesthetics. It has a whole house music system and features a dedicated home theater in the basement, and a causal surround sound system in the living room. All of the lighting is controlled with the Homeworks QS Lutron lighting control system and nearly 50 keypads throughout the house. There are also nearly 30 shades, including a shading solution for the curved glass in the Great Room. This project has won Lutron Best use of Lighting Design Award, as well as having been featured in Electronic House Magazine, CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles magazine, and more.