Lighting Control Devices (sensors, switches)

Overview on Lighting Control Devices

What is it?

Lighting control devices are devices used to regulate and control the use of electric lighting in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. They can include sensors that detect motion or ambient light levels, as well as switches that manually turn lights on or off.

Why we use it?

We use lighting control devices to improve energy efficiency, reduce operating costs, and enhance occupant comfort by regulating the use of electric lighting in HVAC systems.

How it works?

A sensor typically detects changes in motion or ambient light levels and sends a signal to a building automation system or controller to adjust the lighting accordingly. A switch allows occupants to manually turn lights on or off.

Major brands that manufacture it

Some of the major brands that manufacture lighting control devices include Lutron, Leviton, Schneider Electric, and Wattstopper.


There are different types of lighting control devices, including occupancy sensors, daylight sensors, wall switches, and dimmers, with various sensing ranges and control options to fit different applications.

How do we select it?

When selecting a lighting control device, consider factors such as sensing range, control options, compatibility with your lighting fixtures, and communication protocols. Also, make sure the device is compatible with your existing control and automation systems.

How to install it?

Lighting control devices should be installed according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Sensors should be mounted in locations where they can effectively detect motion or ambient light levels, while switches should be installed in convenient locations accessible to occupants.

Wire connections required to receive the signals

The wire connections required to receive signals from a lighting control device may vary depending on the specific device and building automation system. Typically, they will require electrical wires that connect to the building automation system or controller. It's important to refer to the manufacturer's installation instructions for proper wiring connections.

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Lighting Control Devices (sensors, switches)
Administrator December 22, 2023
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