Maximize Convenience Through Indoor Light, Motion Control

Maximize Convenience Through Indoor Light, Motion Control

Written By

Daniel Newman

With each passing day, the world around us gets smarter. Thanks to advancements in technology, we can manage our home operations from our mobile devices for safety and convenience. Home automation services, such as motion control, make it easy to control all aspects of your house from a smartphone, even when you’re on the go.

Installing motion sensors with your light control is a great way to maximize convenience and home security. We often associate motion sensor lights with the outdoors, but they’re equally effective indoors. Depending on your needs, consider starting with either the most seldom-used rooms in your house, or high-traffic areas, such as your living room.

Syncing these two home processes is simple to do — even if you’re a technology novice.

Save energy, cash

a lit hallway

Motion sensors pair with your lights to control when they should turn on and off. If you’re an enterprising DIYer, you can install a motion sensor to work with just about any light in your home. They’re particularly useful in rooms that aren’t often used, like the laundry room or the basement, where it’s easy to miss that you’ve left lights on.

Automating light control takes the thinking out of the process. Even if you remember to flip the light switch, your kids and guests may not. Letting technology do the remembering for you has several advantages. One of the most important benefits is energy conservation. Motion-controlled lights not only save money on utility bills, they also reduce your carbon footprint. Remotely controlling your lights also boosts security while you’re away at the office or on vacation.

Always practice safety first

Controlling your lights with a motion detector is as easy as purchasing a compatible system and deciding where you want to install it. Before getting started, choose a motion sensor with wattage that’s appropriate for your lighting system. Concentrate on electrical safety, as well. This means you should check that the voltage is turned off. At this point, you can remove your old lights and fixtures.

Set it up yourself

You need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing the motion sensor fixture, but we’ll explain how it generally works. First, attach the mounting strap of the motion sensor to the light. Pair the wires by color — black should be with black and white to white. Use electrical tape and wire connectors to secure the connections. Once this is complete, place everything into the junction box.

Next, attach the light to the mounting strip with a screwdriver. Install the new light and secure everything by screwing in the wall plate. Test your light by turning the power back on and double-checking your connections. When you get this done, apply silicone caulk around the wall plate to protect the junction box. Now, you’re all set and can enjoy your finished product.

With a couple hours of work and a careful eye, you’ll enjoy motion control in your home, and get ahead of the curve. As we continue to think of new and innovative ways to use technology in the house, automation will gradually become standard. Save money on your energy bills, secure your home and reduce your environmental footprint.

Contact Vivint to learn more about the benefits of lighting control.