Dimmer switches let you have full control of lighting levels around the house. Dimmer light switches can control different load types for LED, CFL, incandescent, fluorescent, magnetic low voltage and electronic low voltage bulbs. 0-10V dimmers also available. Some dimmer controls also come with fan speed controls to adjust the speed of ceiling fans in the same switch. Choose from single pole dimmers that control lights with a single switch, 3-way dimmers that have separate controls for dimming and on/off, or multi-location dimmers that control lights from multiple switches and locations.
Fan controls can be the regular switch that turns the ceiling fan on or off or it could have the combination of the toggle switch with a slider that controls the speed of the fan. Fan speed controls are sometimes combined with dimmer switches to control both fan speed and light level from the same switch. Fan control switches also come in single pole to use with a single switch, or 3-way switches to control speed and on/off separately in other locations.
Choose from in-wall timer switches or timer controls to control functions such as the on and off operations of bulbs and light fixtures, water heaters, fans, sprinklers and many other devices. Use timers to set when a device will turn on and how long it will stay operational, and also when to turn it off. Time switches help save energy by automating fixture usge at certain time intervals only. In-wall timers can be digital, electronic, mechanical or spring wound operation. Timer controls can be mechanical, electronic, astronomic or electromechanical operation.
Wall plates add to the overall design by using different color finishes and textures to match or complement the color of walls and lighting controls. Choose from one gang, two gang, three gang, four gang, five gang and six gang wall plates for flexibility in combining switches together. Wall plate designs include jumbo, screwless and snap-on types for a cleaner and more polished look.
Occupancy and vacancy sensors use different sensor technologies to detect motion, heat or sound. Occupancy sensors automatically turn lights on when the sensor is activated, and will turn it off after a set amount of time or when no movement is detected. Vacancy sensors will turn lights off automatically but need to be manually turned on upon entering the room. Sensors use ultrasonic, passive infrared (PIR), or microphonics technlogy to trigger activation. Time and light sensitive sensors are also available.
Photocells are used to reduce energy usage through light sensing technology. Once light levels become low, photoelectric cells can be used to automatically turn on lights at night or once it gets dark. These photocontrols are used especially for area lights and roadway or street lights. Daylight harvesting controls control the amount of light output that a fixture emanates inside a room depending on the room's brightness or the presence of natural light. If the light levels outside are still high, the daylight controls will adjust the brightness of the fixture or bulb to save energy.
Outdoor Motion Sensors
Wall mount and fixture mount outdoor motion sensors turn on lights when motion is detected within its field of view. Outdoor sensors typically work with security lights and flood lights for garages, alleys and building facades. These motion sensors have a larger field of view and sensor mounting height to detect more movement and to cover a larger area. These can be mounted on the wall or directly on the fixture. Use outdoor motion sensors for high wattage or high voltage fixtures.