Correct wiring of your lights doesn’t have to merely get the job done. At Ferree Electric, we offer smarthome wiring services of lighting controls so your home can work for you, promoting your comfort and convenience. Installing lighting controls is often less straightforward than the installation of standard lighting systems, so let us take that hassle off your plate.
Lighting controls are more than just convenient—they also save significant amounts of energy and money. Many of the systems we install automatically turn lights off when they are not necessary, and some dim light levels to more comfortable and economical levels when full brightness is too much. Our Ferree Electric team works with lighting control systems both inside and outside of the home.
In this age of smart devices, there are many common types of lighting controls. Some are designed to make your experience in a space more comfortable, while others offer support when you are not even on the property.
Dimmers can incorporate the other functions discussed below, operating manually, by timer, or by sensor. Often incorporated as a part of smarthome wiring systems, dimmers offer greater flexibility and control over one’s light levels, dimming the lights when full illumination is unnecessary. This can extend the life of your lightbulbs and limit energy expenditure.
Timers work strictly on a set schedule irrespective of ambient changes. They are programmed to turn lights on or off at set times. Because hours of daylight are dependent on the time of year, timers are best used in conjunction with other lighting controls. For example, you could have a photosensor detect when lighting levels are low enough to turn outdoor lights on, while you also set a timer to turn off the lights when you are sure all activity will be done, i.e. midnight.
Motion sensors, as the name suggests, use the detection of movement as the signal to turn on the connected lights. When no movement is detected, the sensor shuts off the light. The most common application of motion sensor-controlled lighting is outdoor security.
Similar to motion sensors, occupancy sensors detect activity within a defined area. They can do this by monitoring motion and heat, as is the case with infrared sensors, or they can detect sound, which is how an ultrasonic sensor is designed. Occupancy sensors are beneficial for saving energy if you or members of your household often leave lights and other appliances (like fans) on when they leave a room.
The installation of an occupancy sensor must be done properly in order for it to detect activity in a room without being an inconvenience. When used with an overhead light, the entire room should be visible to the sensor, so allow one of our experienced professionals to manage the task. You can also use occupancy sensors as lighting controls in specific areas of a room, perhaps over the washing machine for when you remember in the middle of the night that a load of laundry needs to be switched over.
Photosensors monitor levels of sunlight. In the evening, when light levels are low, a photosensor control will switch on exterior lights, and when light levels increase again in the morning, they will shut off the lights. Photosensors are a way to keep your house safe at night while saving you effort and money, turning off lights when they are not needed.
Whether you are building a new home or making improvements on a preexisting home, our team at Ferree Electric can manage the installation of your lighting controls. Smarthome wiring is not quite the same as traditional wiring, so let us get you started on new-and-improved lighting for your home.