Types of Lighting Control Systems to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Lights don’t just illuminate your home; they also add style and elegance while ensuring your safety. However, when used mindlessly, they can increase your energy bills and lead to expensive electrical repairs/replacement. Thankfully, with lighting control systems, you can control lights efficiently and save money on energy bills without compromising on comfort. Instead of leaving lights on in unoccupied rooms and wasting energy (and money) in the process, choose an automated lighting system to get the right type of light when you need it.
Home Lighting Control Systems
Before investing in a light control system, it’s a good idea to understand their different types to see what works best for your home. In this blog, we will explore the most common types of lighting controls – dimmers, sensors and timers.
While a standard light switch saves energy only in the “off” position, dimmers help you save energy even when the lights are on. For example, if you are planning a romantic dinner or a family movie night, you can reduce the brightness with the touch of a remote or switch. When you dim lights, it reduces the flow of electricity to the bulb and makes it glow with a lower power output. Less energy wasted means more money saved on your electricity bills. Since a dimmer reduces stress on lamp filaments, it makes lightbulbs last longer. This means that you don’t need to change them as often and you save on utility expenses.
Popularly known as motion or occupancy sensors, this type of lighting control can detect the presence of humans in a room. It measures the infrared light reflected by the items in an empty room and can instantly sense the change in temperature when somebody walks in. That said, the sensor works on motion detection and not temperature variations. For example, it won’t get activated by temperature variations caused by room heating systems or sunlight. Lights turn on automatically upon detecting motion and turn off when someone leaves. A more sophisticated system will dim the lights if it doesn’t detect movement for a certain period. Unnecessarily leaving lights on can burn out bulbs and increase your energy bills. However, with smart lighting technology like motion sensors, you can prevent lights from being carelessly left on by kids and guests. This will increase your home’s energy efficiency and help reduce your energy bills.
Timer controls are programmable light switches that either work on pre-set schedules or are manually set to keep lights on for a certain length of time. By programming lights to operate for a specific time of day, you ensure less energy wastage on careless and unnecessary lighting. When you set timers to turn lights on or off at certain times of day, you will notice a significant difference in your energy bills.
While there are several ways to make your home more energy efficient – such as insulating doors and windows, replacing fluorescents with LEDs and using the microwave instead of the stove – nothing saves energy as effectively as a lighting control system. Now that you know how different light control solutions work, it’s time to consider your specific requirements and choose the one that best fits your needs.