Lighting Control: The benefits to your home
Did you know that in the average British household electricity costs have gone up by a whopping £300 over the last 3 years!? It appears that the only way to save energy and reduce costs without sacrificing on comfort is to install a lighting control system into your home.
A Lighting Control system empowers homeowners to automatically turn lights on and off as and when required using their smartphone and tablet devices. This can be achieved within their home or remotely by controlling your home using an internet ready device. This has been beneficial to homeowners who on occasion simply forget to turn off lights when they are not in use, which adds to unnecessary energy consumption.
To strategically manage energy consumption and lower electricity bills, you can customized light switches to fuse seamlessly with your interior décor. Moreover, they add to aesthetic appeal and work with lighting controls.
Some important benefits of lighting controls are listed below:
- Energy Savings – Saves up to 30% on energy consumption and reduces over 10% of building operating costs.
- Productivity – Optimal lighting indoors has proven to increase productivity and enhances a sense of well being among occupants.
- Convenience – Adds the convenience of automatic controls and transparent operation that requires no disruption and little or no adjustment.
- Information – Pinpoints energy usage for management and provides data for the amount used. Facilitates division of overhead costs if necessary and implements demand response strategies.
- Safety & Security – Ensures critical lighting operation for the safety of occupants. Provides continuous operation of emergency lighting and ample outdoor lighting for pathways, driveways and walkways.
- Flexibility – Accommodates changes in lighting schedules, space configuration and activities
- Sustainable Building Practice – Enhances sustainable energy-efficient building performance for programs like LEED otherwise known as Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.
Smart Lighting Control and Automated Lighting
Lighting control installation will empower you to operate lights using smartphone and tablet devices. But what types of lighting control systems can you install?
The most common types of lighting controls used in residential properties include:
Dimmers – They provide variable indoor lighting and reduce wattage and output thus saving energy in the process. Dimmers provide energy savings as they are used at a reduced level. They increase the service life of light bulbs and are inexpensive. CFLs or Compact Fluorescent Lamps and LEDs or Light-emitting Diode light bulbs can be used with dimmers. The bulbs and fixtures of CFL and LED bulbs need to be designed for dimmer controls.
Motion Sensor Controls – They are designed to automatically turn outdoor lights when any movement is detected and turn them off after a short while. Motion sensors are especially useful for outdoor lighting purposes to provide safety and security.
Occupancy Sensor – They are designed to detect the occupant’s indoor activity within a certain area. Occupancy sensors turn lights on when someone enters a room and then turn off when the person leaves. There are two types of occupancy sensors which are infrared and ultrasonic. Infrared sensors detect heat and motion while ultrasonic sensors detect sound. They are extremely useful for task based lighting and for controlling lighting ambience in a particular room. For example, task lights turn on instantly when a person washes dishes in the kitchen and then off when the occupant leaves that area.
Photo Sensor – They are useful for preventing unnecessary usage of outdoor lights during daylight hours. Photo sensors are designed to sense ambient light conditions, which makes them turn on or off all types of outdoor lighting.
Timers – They are used to turn on or off indoor and outdoor lights at specific periods of time. The two types of timers include manual and programmable timers. The manual timers are plugged into electrical outlets for controlling objects like light strings and lamps or light strings. Programmable timers resemble digital thermostats and are used to automate indoor and outdoor lighting. Timers give unoccupied houses a lived-in look. However, they do not respond to changes in occupant behavior and are ineffective when people are indoors. Their controls work well with LED and CFL light bulbs.
Would you like to know more about Lighting Control installation?
To find out more about lighting control why not visit one of our showrooms where a member of the Smarta team will be on hand to guide you through the installation process and demonstrate how you can use your Smartphone to control lighting, heating, home cinema and security functions from anywhere in the world!
Our lighting control systems use Control4 automation to help reduce energy and create the perfect atmosphere in your home. To discuss your requirements in more detail please visit https://www.smartatechnology.co.uk