Is it a good idea to install automated lighting control?

Home automation has transformed many homes into smart homes. Initially, home automation was thought to be for wealthy home owners. But with today’s more advanced home automation technology, home automation is within the reach of almost every home owner. Home lighting system is one of the home aspects that can be automated to save energy, thereby making your lighting system energy efficient.

What are some of the lighting automation devices that save energy?

There are smart lighting controls that you could integrate with your lighting system to give your home energy efficiency. They include the following:

  • Smart occupancy sensors

Occupancy sensors are smart automated lighting controls that switch on/off your lights when you need them on or off. They could be placed in places such as in ceilings or even on doorway walls. They detect presence of a person in a room then automatically turns on the light. This means that you will not have any trouble trying to locate a light switch when entering any room with this smart device. As soon as you exit the room, the lights automatically turn off. When lights turn on only when they’re needed, you will use less electrical energy. As such, smart occupancy sensors are energy efficient.

  • Motion sensors

Sometimes, all you need is a clear pathway leading to your home from the main road. Lighting the pathway could be less expensive if properly done. Leaving the pathway lights on even when they’re not in use makes you incur large energy expense. But with motion sensors, your pathway will be lit only when you are walking along the same path. This not only makes your pathway clear for you at night but also cuts down your monthly energy bills to very affordable level. Your outdoor security lights could also be controlled using motion sensors. When motion sensor is used, your security lights will switch on the moment the intruder sets foot on your door front. Since motion sensors only switch on the lights when you really need them, they help you use less energy. As such, they are automated lighting controls that are also energy efficient.

  • Timers and schedulers

Timers and schedulers are automated lighting controls that switch on/off the lights depending on how they’re programed. When you program your timer or schedulers to switch on the lights at exactly 6:30 pm, all the lights connected to it will be on at that time. And the lights will also be switched off when it is time. Timers and schedulers work by switching on the lights only when you need them. They therefore help you save energy. For this reason, they’re energy efficient.