Remote lighting control
The achievements of civilization are designed to make our life easier and more comfortable. Similar innovations touched our “fortress”. In recent years, conversations have been heard on every corner about equipping housing with technical equipment. Quite recently, such a concept as “smart home” has arisen, which includes a lot of mechanisms and systems. Remote lighting control replaces conventional light control.
- Intelligent Lighting Control System
- Benefits of Remote Control
- Interior lighting control
- Outdoor lighting control
- Lighting Scenarios: Variations
Intelligent Lighting Control System
More than 120 years there is electricity. However, in spite of such a venerable age, most houses are still lit to this day with lamps of the form of Thomas Edison. By the way, only 15% of consumed energy is converted into light, the remaining 85% take the form of heat. Therefore, it is safe to say that such systems are not economical and absolutely ineffective.
Benefits of Remote Control
Lighting systems, controlled exclusively in manual mode, have sunk into oblivion. The “smart home” system allows you to control lighting by installing remote control units for light with rheostats. It is possible for such schemes to remember a given brightness level and turn on the light in a room.
Equipping houses with a remote lighting system provides their owners with undeniable advantages in comparison with a typical device of lighting equipment. For example, returning home, you will open the door to the hallway, which is flooded with light, and you do not need to fumble in the dark in search of a switch. Do not think, no one forgot to turn off the light when leaving.
The system of step-by-step switching is able to turn on the light ahead of human movement. You will walk through the lighted rooms, which is especially true if there are children in the house. This is the advantage of having intelligent lighting in the house, which responds to the appearance of people in the house and to the movement of residents between rooms.
Depending on the sensors, system elements of remote lighting are sensitive to any changes in the surrounding space. The presence of a remote control allows you to decide in which room and at what time the light will turn off and on. The fact that the bulb burns out, you will know directly upon the fact.
But the main advantage of the intelligent lighting control system is dimmer lighting, which allows you to smoothly change the level of light and save energy. In the parameters of the system menu, you can pre-enter the specified scenarios according to which the light will turn on.
Interior lighting control
Intelligent control of indoor lighting in the house is carried out taking into account the day of the week and time of day. Such schemes are equipped with a real-time clock mechanism and are ideal for people who forget to turn off the lights in the room or bathroom, going to bed. The light level can be adjusted based on the presence of people in the room, remote lighting switches turn off or turn on the lighting in a particular room. In addition, this function is aimed at significant energy savings..
Outdoor lighting control
Intelligent lighting control systems also allow you to control outdoor lighting. Such systems include elements of auxiliary and garage lighting, as well as spotlights, which are controlled by remote controls or photosensitive sensors. Exterior lighting, in addition to functionality, also carries a decorative component: the illumination of green areas, flower beds, artificial fountains and ponds. Street light control from the smart home controller allows you to forget about the manual control of different lighting groups.
Lighting Scenarios: Variations
The brightness of the light in an intelligent lighting system can be adjusted depending on the background light scheme you specify. The options for light scenarios are quite diverse, they provide conditions for any everyday situations and events. Lighting scenarios can be programmed according to the wishes of the owner.
Classic lighting options:
- the “holiday” scenario involves the remote inclusion of lighting throughout the house, street lighting of the contours of the house, changing the color and intensity of the lamps;
- the scenario “evening garden lighting” implies lighting along the perimeter of the infield with various kinds of lamps, highlighting figures and trees, marking footpaths;
- the “romantic dinner” scenario consists in arranging dim lights in a room or in lighting a specific area of a house;
- the “anxiety” scenario is about turning on the light throughout the house (“blinking light” option);
- Home Cinema Scenario organizes dimmed lighting in the living room while watching favorite movies.
During your absence, you can choose the scenario of light illumination of the gate, gate and the main elements of the house. Such illumination will become more intense with the onset of darkness. When the gate and gate are opened, the backlight of the gate, exit to the garage, paths and entrance doors will turn on, and when the entrance doors are opened, the interior lighting system of the house. Approaching decorative elements – a fountain, flowerbed, gazebo, located in the garden, includes their lighting. Thus, “smart” light contributes to a significant comfort of a person in all life situations..
Electronic remote switches
The main advantage of remote switches is that during installation, no additional work is required. Even if an expensive renovation is made in the apartment, then drilling ceilings and walls, as well as buying and laying additional wires will not be needed. It will not be necessary to destroy what was created at the cost of incredible mental and material efforts.
Remote lighting switches of electronic type are divided into two large groups – radio-controlled and infrared. What are the advantages of these devices and the advantages over simple switches? Here you should remember how in the old days it was necessary to approach the TV and manually switch the channels. Perhaps the first devices that were equipped with remote controls, just the TVs.
Later, VCRs and DVD players appeared that were equipped with such remote controls. But at the same time, to turn on the extra lamp, I had to go to the switch through the whole room. This situation prompted some firms to create sockets, dimmers and switches that are controlled by infrared rays..
A modern remote control lighting switch has one indisputable advantage: when controlling several different bulbs, it is possible to use one switch, instead of frantically searching for the right remote control to turn on each lamp.
The infrared remote control allows you to transmit commands exclusively within line of sight, thus, the signal transmission range is small – no more than 12 meters. Everything is determined by the power of the transmitter.
Remote Control Radio Switches
With all the advantages of infrared remote controls, they have one drawback – operating in the line of sight. Remote controls that operate on radio waves are deprived of this drawback. In this case, there is no clogging of the ether or radio hooliganism. Such intelligent lighting consoles allow you to control remote loads – that is, lighting devices that are located in the next room.
The transmitters operate in the frequency range that is reserved for these purposes – 433 or 868 megahertz, and their power is only 10 milliwatts, which is enough to work in a radius of 100 meters. It is this kind of power that is regulated by law, so remotes of greater power are simply not available.
Various natural obstacles, such as floors or walls, reduce the power of the radio signal, reducing the radius of the device. To compensate for power losses, radio signal repeaters are used. By the way, such equipment can be used in the “smart home” system or as an independent device for controlling any electrical equipment that is installed in the house.
Remote switches consist of at least two parts – an actuator and a control panel. Sometimes it may be necessary to install additional devices – signal repeaters, if the radio signal is significantly weakened, in particular from reinforcement in reinforced concrete structures.
Radio switches are produced in the form of adapters, which are simply inserted into existing sockets and controlled by remote controls that are included with the equipment. No matter how funny it sounds, but the device is often remembered last.
Thus, the remote lighting control system can be configured to synchronize with a change in the real time of the day. It is enough to program on the timer the number and intensity of the lamps. The remote lighting system will operate according to a user-defined scenario. In addition, such control of the brightness of the light in the house can significantly save energy costs..