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Specialty and Architectural Lighting — Controls

How to Make Sure Photocontrols Are Compatible With LED Lighting

How to Make Sure Photocontrols Are Compatible With LED Lighting

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Photocontrol devices use photocells to determine ON/OFF status of outdoor lighting based on the ambient light level. While generally understood as responding to visible light, some photosensors also respond to infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Normally used for roadway, area, parking, flood and security lighting, photocontrols automatically control the ON/OFF cycle to optimize the effectiveness of the lighting and maximize energy savings. In daylight harvesting applications, the photocontrol is mounted inside the occupied space...

LED Dimming: How to Ensure Smooth and Effective Light Output Control

LED Dimming: How to Ensure Smooth and Effective Light Output Control

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Many LED lamps and fixtures on the market today include a dimming capability. While certainly a beneficial feature, often a necessary one, dimming LED lamps can be an adventure unless some basic steps are taken to ensure compatibility between the LED lamp and dimming control. In the world of tungsten filament lighting (incandescent / halogen) virtually every light bulb operating on AC can be dimmed effectively by simply trimming the voltage. Lower voltage produces less...

Time Switches Offer Effective Lighting Control For Time of Day Driven Applications

Time Switches Offer Effective Lighting Control For Time of Day Driven Applications

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Time switches, or timers, for lighting control allow for time of day ON and OFF scheduling for individual lights or lighting systems. Generally, time switches work best with outdoor lighting where the time of day, along with sunset and sunrise, determine when lighting is on or off. Indoor applications for timers might include basic residential control of a single fixture to provide the "lived-in" look when the occupants are away from home. There are three...