July 30th, 2014
Occupancy Sensors and You.
- You are distracted by daily activities and leave a room without turning the lights off.
- Your children run excitedly out of a room and don’t even think about the burning lights.
- You answer the door intending to return to the lighted room but get distracted.
Any number of things can cause us to leave lights on in an empty room. Even the most conservation-conscious of us do it on a regular basis. Occupancy sensors could prove to be your best friend in the effort to reduce your energy footprint.
Synergy Integrated Systems highly recommends the Lutron and Crestron occupancy sensors, which our knowledgeable professionals sell and install. These products are top of the line in manufactured quality and performance dependability. Before you begin shopping for your occupancy sensors, we want to share some lighting-control terminology to help you make the most informed decision:
- Dimmers give you adjustable manipulation of your lighting, and less light means energy and cost savings and longer light bulb life.
- Incandescent bulbs are less efficient as they are dimmed, because their wattage isn’t reduced in proportion to their brightness.
- Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) remain efficient while dimmed, but some may require special fixtures.
- Light-Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs and fixtures have to be engineered for dimming to be used with dimmers.
- Motion Detectors turn lights on when they sense motion and turn them off a short time after; they are mostly used outside for security.
- Occupancy Sensors are designed to sense activity in an indoor area and turn lights on automatically; they sense the absence of activity when the area is empty and turn lights off again.
- Ultrasonic sensors identify sounds
- Infrared sensors identify heat and motion
- Photosensors are light-sensitive and lend themselves to outdoor situations by preventing lights from coming on during the day.
- Timers are designed to turn lights on and off at pre-determined times.
- Manual timers plug into an outlet and control things like lamps or holiday lights.
- Digital timers are installed on the wall and can control indoor or outdoor lights.
- CFL and LED bulbs work well with timers.
The Ins And Outs of Occupancy Sensors
Lutron offers their Radio Powr SavrTM wireless occupancy sensors, which turn room lights off after using radio signals to sense that the room is vacant. They offer maximum energy savings by preventing wasted lighting and easy, noninvasive installation in as little as 15 minutes.
Crestron’s Green Light® occupancy sensors , when integrated with thermostats, automated window coverings, and lighting options, take full advantage of interior climate control for the most cost-efficient and budget-friendly operations.
Far from introducing an industrial vibe into your home décor, these systems offer style that harmonizes with your home. In-wall and ceiling-mounted versions are available in an array of gloss and satin colors as well as black, white and brown.
In addition to energy conservation, cost savings and style, our occupancy sensors may help you earn federal and state energy rebates and utility company incentives. Ask us for a comprehensive list of stimulus funds, tax incentives, and other financial benefits resulting from your use of occupancy sensors.
Of course, your family’s sense of safety and security will be enhanced by not having to enter dark rooms again. Use outdoor occupancy sensors to light the way from your car to the door at night. Use indoor occupancy sensors to illuminate hallways and stairs or brighten toy-strewn family rooms or bedrooms.
Contact us at Synergy Integrated Systems at 919-324-3592 to discuss the ways we can help you become more energy efficient in the greater Raleigh-Durham area.