Motion detectors, photocells and timers are not new. We see them at work, in hotels and at the shopping mall. We don’t take them home as much as we should.
Automated lighting controls should be used to provide convenience, security, save energy and to prevent brain cell burn out.
Photocells Photo cell lighting controls turn lights on when daylight fades into nighttime.
They are good for indoor Night-lights (LED night-lights are best) OK for outdoor all night lighting. Personally, I do not like all night outdoor lighting, especially my neighbor’s mercury lamps. I would rather use motion detector control with a manual override switch.
Clock Timers Clock timers or lamp timers are good for turning security lights on and off when you are not home. This is probably the oldest type of automatic control for home lights. It still works well.
Countdown Timers Twist to turn on type limits energy use; you have likely seen these in hotel bathrooms or hot tubs.
Bathroom heat lamps Bathroom exhaust fans Kitchen exhaust fans
Coin Operated Countdown Timers I am still looking for a good source for these.
Shower stall lights Television sets Computers Electronic games Stereo boom box in teen’s room
Motion detectors Motion detectors provide convenience when your hands are full plus they automatically switch off to save energy. They are often used with security systems, but they have more to offer than just sounding an alarm.
Outdoor lights Garage lights Kitchen ceiling lights Entryway lights Breezeway lights Mudroom lights Laundry room lights Closet lights