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April 18, 2022
Homes are places of comfort and when they are invaded it can feel deeply violating. Protecting your home is not just about protecting your possessions, but also your family. One of the best ways to ensure your safety and comfort in your home is to have a professionally installed lighting control system. In Vancouver, there is a lot of emphasis on being “green”, and having a lighting control system can not only help keep you and your family safe but can also help with reducing your home’s energy consumption.
Choosing which lights and their location within your home is not an easy task. Lighting is very important and needs to be done correctly but also in a way that works for the home. Tasks, ambiance, and accents should all be considered when choosing to light for your home. Depending on the room, one or two might be more important. For example, bright lights in the kitchen might be preferred, especially if your kitchen does not get enough natural light. The bathroom might not need the brightest lights as much as softer lights on a dimmer switch that will not startle you when you go to the bathroom late at night.
Installing a lighting control system in your home is a simple way to help you get the most out of your light fixtures, and can help deter unwanted people from entering, or checking out your home. The most basic lighting controls are the on and off switches used by the majority of homes. As these are manual switches, a person has to physically be in the room to turn the lights on or off. Pre-set lighting controls allow people to change brightness levels using a slider, or dimmer switch. This switch allows you to change the intensity of the light, however, you still need to be physically present in the room.
If you are wanting a more high-tech lighting control system in Vancouver, you do not need to touch a light switch to use it. Occupancy sensors and motion sensor controls are two systems that may work for you. Occupancy sensors automatically switch on lights when small movements are detected and switch off when an area is not occupied for a set amount of time. These lighting control systems are often used for businesses as they work well in saving electricity without someone physically turning the lights on and off. Motion sensor control lighting systems are not the same as occupancy sensors although they are often confused with being mistaken for them. With this lighting control system in Vancouver, motion sensors send signals to your lights and turn them on when motion is detected and turn them off a little while after.
While motion sensors are programmed to only turn lights on when there are significant walking movements in a room or dedicated space, occupancy sensors are designed to turn lights on for any movements, including smaller movements such as hand or finger movements.
This means motion sensors are best to detect significant walking movements, and more sensitive occupancy sensors are designed to identify smaller movements. For example, motion sensors are not likely to detect someone washing their hands or getting a glass of water. If there is no significant movement, motion sensors will turn off and leave you in the dark until you start making larger movements.
Motion sensors are therefore better for outside lighting at homes, and even indoor lighting because they are less likely to turn on when cats run by, or it is raining heavily.