Motion sensor lighting: comfort and energy savings

The motion sensor allows through a detector embedded in the luminaire, to capture the movement of the environment to send a signal to the projector about when to switch on and off. As a way of saving energy, there is also the possibility of dimming the light output.

The technology offered by the movement sensor allows the luminaire to operate under programmable parameters, adapting it to the needs of everyone. You can discover the motion sensor in different solar and outdoor luminaires in our catalogue.

Advantages of motion sensor lighting

This type of sensor offers total convenience in the operation of the luminaires, thus forgetting about the switches to turn the light on and off. It also offers security for those wall lights that are installed in outdoor spaces of private properties, being the movement, a warning to turn on the light. The motion sensor also allows luminaires to be switched off without relying on a switch or someone flicking it, avoiding wasting light and electricity more than is strictly necessary. It is not only a question of investing in luminaires that offer the desired atmosphere to an environment, in this case Beneito Faure, proposes a new mode of consumption for its products.

How it works

As we have already pointed out, the sensor switches on or off depending on the movement it detects around it. If the sensor detects movement, the luminaire switches on, and if it detects none, it switches off. But in addition to this considerable advantage in terms of convenience, the sensor has a programmable intelligence that makes it even more useful. The intensity of the spotlight is dimmable when it detects no movement, preventing it from going completely dark if desired. If preferred, the luminaire can be chosen and programmed to switch off completely or, instead, to keep some light on permanently when it does not pick up any movement. In this case, the item allows the light intensity of the spotlight to be selected by means of a rotary switch.

In the case of solar luminaires with motion detector, the spotlight will switch on at 100% of its luminous capacity when it detects movement. After the programmed period, they have the option of dimming or switching off until a new movement is detected. In the case of the Popa, Proa and Iris luminaires, the light intensity can be reduced to 15% of its capacity after 8 seconds to 8 minutes. The Egna luminaire, on the other hand, can reach 11% of its luminous capacity after 1 minute since the last detected movement.

As for the outdoor luminaires, which offer the same sensor concept, we find the Neo, Sky Sensor and Sky Microwave Sensor luminaires.

The Neo spotlight is designed with a PIR motion sensor, whose detection range is 4 to 6 metres in length in a 180º field, due to the unilateral position of its sensor. However, this spotlight can switch off or reduce its luminous intensity to 15% of its capacity after the programmed period of 8 seconds to 8 minutes in which the luminaire does not detect movement has elapsed.

In the case of the Sky Sensor and Sky Microwave Sensor luminaires, the period is between 5 seconds to 5 minutes to remain at either 15% or 0% of its luminous capacity depending on what has been set. It should be noted that the PIR sensor and the Microwave sensor have different characteristics. The Microwave sensor is a more advanced detector, which not only has a greater detection range of up to 7 metres, but also lights up when it detects movement in front of obstacles, as it penetrates materials such as glass, crystal, some acrylic composites and even thin materials that are not metallic.

The Sky Sensor light family has 4 programmable detection ranges: a capacity of 100%, another of 75%, another of 50% and the minimum detection range of 25%, detecting movement in a range of 8 metres by 12 metres at its maximum capacity.

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