Occupancy Sensing Lights for Inside the Home
Indoor occupancy sensors are small electronic devices that automatically detect motion in a room and turn lights on when someone enters and then turn the lights off when they leave. So how is this better than a switch? This little device saves you from having to feel around in the dark, but the real benefit is that you won’t have to walk all over the house turning out lights behind the rest of your family.
If you have a family, you know that lights inevitably get left on all over the house. Occupancy sensors help lighten the load of this burden. While you may not want to install motion sensor lights in every room in the house, they are perfect for medium to low traffic rooms, like bathrooms, laundry rooms, pantries, closets, a kid’s play room, and the garage.
What Makes Motion Sensor Lighting Better and Safer Than a Traditional Light Switch?
When you have occupancy sensors installed, you won’t know how you lived without them. You open a door in the pantry to grab a snack, and the lights just pop on automatically. It’s remarkable how much convenience such a simple little device can add to a home. Not having to follow around children (or husbands) will leave you trying to figure out what to do with all your extra time. If you have an elderly parent, keep in mind that 80% of elderly falls happen in the bathroom. Fiddling for a light switch in the middle of the night is the last thing you want an elderly parent doing.
Do Indoor Motion Sensor Lights Save Energy and Money?
There is some debate about how many years it takes for motion sensor lights to pay for themselves, and the payback time-frame depends largely on energy costs in your area. Residential electricity costs about 11 cents per kilowatt in Richmond, Virginia and a bit less in the Outer Banks, both of which are consistent with national averages. One of the drawbacks to occupancy sensors is that the motion sensing element stays on all the time, diminishing some of the cost savings; however, most find these devices to have an overall positive impact on their monthly electric bill, not to mention the many other benefits.
One More Reason to Customize the Lights in Your Environment
Studies show the type and intensity of lights in your environment can greatly impact a person’s overall mood. So you owe it to yourself and your family to create as enjoyable of an environment as possible. Automatic shades, pathway lighting, occupancy light sensors, and dimmer controls can be set up throughout your home to maximize safety, comfort, and make life more enjoyable for the entire family. And when you’re ready to move the party outside, check out the beautiful, lifetime warranty outdoor light fixtures from Coastal Source.
If you’re interested in learning more about where lighting technology is headed in the future, watch this brief video from GE Lighting:
Smart controls, automatic sensors, and the ‘internet of things’ make the modern ‘smart home’ full of more conveniences than ever before. Take advantage of what these technologies have to offer. Contact us to learn more about occupancy lighting sensors, smart home features, or other residential lighting solutions.