Lightning Control Systems
Posted under: Home Automation
Lightning control systems are an efficient way to manage all the lights in a house or building. The lights can be configured to settings which switch them on, turn them off or dim them at predefined times or under specific conditions. The system is so proficient that it can reduce energy consumption by as much as 70%. This is probably the most notable advantage of a lightning control system.
The system can be controlled with a personal computer, a mobile phone, a remote controller and even a touch screen located anywhere on the premises. The system can be installed in a residence, an office, a theater, a restaurant or anywhere else where there are a lot of lights.
Lightning control systems can also be integrated with dimmers and ceiling fans, and then they can also be switched on or off centrally. Using a dimmer is highly recommended because it can be configured to reduce or increase brightness by taking the sunlight present in the room into consideration. The lesser the sunlight, the more bright the light will be, and the more the sunlight, less bright will the lights be. In fact, if the room is well lit, then lights are turned off altogether.
A standard light control system will usually have the following components:
- A central control unit
- Options for brightness
- Sunlight detectors
- A communication protocol
- An application or a software which displays energy usage
There are many types of lightning control systems on the basis of complexity and technology. Sophisticated systems give a higher level of control, but are also priced higher than the standard systems. Lights can be controlled by any of the following means:
- Scheduling: Scheduling allows lights to be turned on and off at predefined times. The times can easily be set through the control interface. There are also options for dimming the lights during daytime and increasing the brightness at night. Scheduling operates on the basis of timers.
- Day lighting: This feature detects the presence of sunlight in the room, and automatically changes the brightness of lights. If there is an ample amount of sunlight, then all lights are turned off. If it is night, then all lights are turned on at full brightness. Day lightning is made possible through photo sensors which detect outside light.
- Occupancy sensing: Lightning control systems can be integrated with occupancy sensors, which detect the presence of person in a room. If the room is empty, the lights are switched off whether it’s day or night.