Moving Along with your Lighting

Always seem to forget to turn the light off when you leave a room? Motion sensor lighting can solve that problem and also save a lot of energy and money in your home. Motion sensors turn outdoor lights on when they detect motion and are useful for outdoor security and utility lighting. Using a utility light or security light with a combination of motion sensor and photosensor may use less energy that one solely controlled by a photosensor. Photosensors prevent the outdoor lights from turning on during the daylight hours, helping save lots of energy.

One useful feature for indoor lighting is occupancy sensor controls. These lights will turn on automatically when someone enters the room and save energy by turning off after the last person leaves the room. It is important to place these sensors somewhere where they can detect occupants accurately in all parts of the room. There are two types of occupancy sensors: ultrasonic and infrared. Ultrasonic sensors detect sound, while infrared sensors detect heat and motion. In addition to controlling ambient lighting, they also are useful for task lighting in places such as over kitchen counters.

One other option is using timer control lighting. Individuals can choose to turn their lights on or off at specific times of day and can customize these lights to their needs. There are two types of timers: manual timers, which plug into an electrical outlet for lamps or light strings, as well as in-wall programmable digital timers that work with both indoor and outdoor lighting. If choosing timing control lighting, make sure to use it with CFL and LED lighting. For more information on how the different types of motion sensor lighting, visit the U.S. Department of Energy website.