Property owners should consider making automated lighting devices or programmable timers a standard fixture in homes, offices, hotels and any other place where appliances or lights need to be switched on and off. These timers and controls provide convenience and security, as well as save energy and costs.
These units typically work by utilizing photoelectric technology or a timer that sets the hours of usage or when to turn on and off.
Photocells or photoelectric sensors will turn lights on when daylight becomes night, keeping people from having to withstand a dark environment. Photocell technology is ideal for both outdoor lighting and indoor night lights.
Clock Timers are ideal if you have specific hours of operation you desire for your lights or appliances. Examples of clock timer functions are for turning security lights on and off when you are not home or starting your coffee maker in the morning so that you are ready to go as soon as you wake up. This technology is possibly the pioneer in the automatic control for home lighting and is still very popular.
Countdown Timers are used primarily in public places to ensure that resources are not wasted. You have likely seen these when you have turned on jacuzzi jets, heat in a sauna or bathroom lights. There is often a dial on the timer you turn to the amount of time you desire.
Motion detectors are excellent for outdoor security lights if you do not like the idea of having your external lighting on all night. Motion sensors are activated indoors or outdoors when someone, or something crosses in front of the area being monitored; and are excellent for conserving energy.
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