The value of automated lighting

Automatic lighting is used in a wide range of domestic, commercial and public properties in the UK. The technology can help to save a huge amount of energy because it will automatically turn off lights when spaces are unoccupied. There is no risk of leaving the lights switched on for a long period of time when nobody needs them, so costs are kept down.

There are many different types of automated lighting, but passive infrared sensor (PIR) controlled systems are possibly the most common. Each system will feature sensors to detect the infrared radiation in a space. This means they pick up on the body heat that people give off so they know when a space is occupied. The response to this is to turn on the lights. Once the radiation disappears the sensor knows the space is no longer occupied, so the lighting is turned off.

Some PIR systems even feature a built in photocell. This detects the level of light already in a space and monitors it carefully. The benefit of this is that the system will only turn the lights on when spaces are occupied and the light levels are low. You won’t need to worry about turning the system off during bright summer days.

PIR sensors are available with different detection zones and ranges so people can choose the right ones for various settings. When installing a system it is important that each sensor is positioned effectively so that it can detect when people come and go. This is crucial or the system will struggle to perform to its best.

Our team of Leicestershire electricians have plenty of experience with PIR controlled lighting systems, and can offer full installations as well as repairs and maintenance. We will ensure all sensors are placed in the optimum positions and that the wiring is carefully installed, positioning cables where they won’t become a hazard. If you’re looking to save electricity and money with an automated lighting system, just call on us for advice.