Living with Smart Lighting
Smart or microwave sensor lighting is not only a solution for energy-efficient lighting but can also be used to detect daylight. Through this technology, lights can stay off on bright days when natural ambient light coming from skylights or windows is enough. When LUX levels are reduced due to lack of natural light, the lights will automatically activate, providing adequate lighting upon entering the area.
This technology not only ensures a seamless lighting experience but also helps to reduce energy consumption and cost. With the automatic activation of lights, you can eliminate the need to manually switch on or off lights, thereby making it more comfortable and convenient for the user.
Furthermore, smart or microwave sensor lighting provides insights into the occupants’ behaviours, usage patterns and environmental impact, allowing for more informed decision-making on lighting infrastructure and maintenance.
It is a reliable and cost-effective solution for modern lighting requirements, offering an exceptional user experience and helping to reduce energy consumption and overall environmental impact.
As many of us have experienced, passive Infrared sensors (PIRs) can often be frustrating and unreliable. These sensors operate within narrow beams that are difficult to see with the naked eye, only reacting when the beam is broken. This can result in delayed responses and ineffectiveness in detecting movement.
Microwave sensors, on the other hand, offer a solution to such issues. These sensors can scan an area of up to 15m in diameter, utilizing an ultra-low powered Radar scanner that is superior in detecting even the slightest movements. With these sensors, a small hand movement is sufficient to switch lights on. Thus, occupants can confidently walk towards areas that are unlit knowing that the sensor will detect their movement and switch lights on.
For corridor and warehouse lighting, a 10-second hold time is sufficient as it is timed from the last movement.
These lights are also designed to dim for approximately a minute before switching off, preventing occupants from being left in the dark while still preserving energy. For areas with less movement, such as packing or desk work lights, a longer hold time of 1 to 30 minutes can be set. Once the area is vacated, the lights will dim before switching off a minute later.
In summary, although PIRs have been the traditional method for detecting movement, microwave sensors offer a more reliable solution that can ensure efficiency, safety, and energy conservation.