Control and automation are simliar in that they both control multiple systems in a home or business. The difference is with automation, the system can respond to changes in a system and control things accordingly without your input. A lot of systems are capable of offering both.
Whether you are looking for just a few zones of lighting control for your exterior lights, or if you want to be able to control all the lights in the house, lighting control is great way to gain more convenience and control over an large part of your home. It also is a great way to become more efficient and use less energy in your home. Some lighting control options are more affordable than you might think.