Benefits of Using Sensors With LEDs

By Don CampbellJuly 20, 2016

In recent times a lot is being heard about smart LED fixtures that can change color temperature, play music, save energy, and also the kind that lets you control them from your iPad or Android device via apps. These magic tricks are usually performed by sensors, which can be installed in LED drivers, as well as in LED Fixtures, with or without the choice of wireless communication through self-powered sensors and switches.

‘Killer’ Reasons that Explain Why You Should Install Sensors with LEDs

One of the most significant reasons to incorporate sensors in your LED fixtures is to further differentiate your product from the competition, add convenient in-demand features and of course, add revenue to your offering! Sensor LEDs are ideal for applications such as daylight harvesting, occupancy / motion control, and dimming of a single LED fixture, or a zone of multiple daisy-chained LED fixtures. Integrating sensors in LED modules are easy-on-pocket, and can be easily set up practically anywhere, both in an indoor or outdoor setting. Top-of-the -table advantages include:

Efficiency and Savings - Sensor LED light technology is increasingly becoming a smart choice because it completely eliminates manual errors like forgetting to turn the lights off when it is not in use. Realistically, installing sensors is an environmentally friendly solution that leverages convenience, and of course reduced  electricity bills.

  • Occupancy Sensors - Occupancy sensors automatically turn the lights on whenever someone enters the room and intuitively turns it off when no presence is detected for a specified amount of time. The system thus saves energy, and also relieves the burden of continually switching the lights.
  • Vacancy Sensors - Vacancy sensors require someone to manually turn on the lights, while the sensors turn the lights off when the room is left vacant for a particular period of time. This system facilitates highest energy savings because the lights will never turn on automatically without manual intervention.
  • Dimming - A combination of motion, occupancy, and vacancy sensor technology, the dimming feature in sensor LEDs offer intelligent lighting solutions in various programmable modes depending on the volume of occupancy / vacancy in a particular room.

Smart Security - Sensor LED technology can prove to be a great preventive measure against burglary, because the sensors make things harder for burglars to break in and remain unnoticed in environments that light up automatically. In a way, this technology effectively boosts security without the need to shell out a fortune on expensive security alarms and systems.

Flexibility and Convenience - As mentioned earlier, Sensor LEDs can be easily installed anywhere, be it a garage, a porch, a yard or a driveway. The system practically frees you from scanning the entire house, making sure none of the lights have been mistakenly left on.

Reliability - Myths, like sensor LEDs turn on even when a fly crosses its path, are unrealistic and should be dispelled with logic. The technology uses body heat and wavelengths in order to calculate whether there is a movement or not. Moreover, the sensitivity of sensors are adjustable, hence you can be pretty sure about its performance and reliability. Irrespective of being wired or wireless, sensor LEDs are in fact turning out to be a smarter approach that provides enhanced performance, optimal energy savings and unmatched convenience. This is part four of our four part Lightfair 2016 series.