Kudos to the designers and manufacturers of smart LED lighting. For their efforts to develop new and innovative LED lighting techniques, consumers are not only reaping the benefits, but also saving money. How? Read on.
Did you know that you can switch on or off any light in your home or office?from kitchen to basement to bedroom to your office cabin?remotely, while lying on your living room couch or while driving your car? Not only that. You can create ?activity zones? (areas where most of the activities happen, for example, at home it is the living room) and control every shade of light and colour in your home and office without even going to the switch board.
Smart LED lighting management systems
No, it?s not a fairy tale. These are reality made possible by the designers and manufacturers who are working round the clock to develop smart LED lighting techniques. These benefits along with the ability to save energy and money are helping consumers to adopt automated LED lighting and wireless or cloud-based home LED lighting management systems.
Automatic control of lights is not new, but what is new is their integration with apps and with LED?the most energy-efficient lighting technology. Now consider some of these techniques.
Controlling lights with your smartphone or tablet
You can use your smartphone or tablet to switch on or off the lights of your home. These light controls add a sense of comfort to your home. From your smartphone, you can remotely turn a light off and on while away from home, and also create a schedule for lighting your home.
Remotely adjusting lights of your home
You can remotely monitor and adjust the LED lights of your home while you are away.
Lighting controls with motion sensors
You can integrate lighting controls with motion sensors to dim or turn off lights automatically when a room is not occupied. Lighting controls automatically turn lights on and off as needed, and save energy. The most common types of lighting controls include: Dimmers; motion, occupancy, photosensors; and timers. For example, when you dim light bulbs, it reduces their wattage and output, which helps save energy.
Motion sensors are very useful, for example, motion sensors automatically turn lights on when they detect motion and turn them off after a short while. Because utility lights and some security lights are needed only when it is dark and people are around, the best way is to have a combination of a motion sensor and photosensor.
Occupancy sensors, on the other hand, detect indoor activity within a certain area. They provide convenience by turning lights on automatically when someone enters a room, and save energy by turning lights off soon after the last occupant has left the room.
There are two types of occupancy sensors?ultrasonic and infrared. Ultrasonic sensors detect sound, while infrared sensors detect heat and motion.
These sensors can also sense a task, for example, the lights turn on by the motion of a person washing dishes, and automatically turn off a few minutes after the person leaves the area.
You can use photosensors to prevent outdoor lights from operating during daylight hours. This can help save energy because you don’t have to remember to turn off your outdoor lights.
Timers can be used to turn on and off outdoor and indoor lights at specific times. There are two types of timers?manual timers, which plug into an electrical outlet for controlling objects such as lamps or light strings; and in-wall programmable digital timers, which automate indoor or outdoor lighting.
Light alarm for phone or doorbell ring
You can even have lights flash when the phone or doorbell rings or an email comes in your inbox. Your lights can be programmed to communicate things to you. For example, when you are listening to loud music or movies and cannot hear the doorbell, you can have a light in your media room programmed to flash once or twice when someone rings the doorbell or a phone rings. You can also programme this to alert you when a mail comes in your inbox.