Simple Solutions to Control Your Lights; Remotes, Timers & More

Lighting controls offer features such as dimmers, auto light timers and remote controls for your home light fixtures. Using some type of auto-control on your lights improves safety and saves you money by turning off your lights when they’re not needed. According to a recent consumer survey, the top three rooms people find it most useful to install lighting controls are the bathroom, bedroom and entryway.

There is a wide variety of products that allow you to automatically control your lights and they fall into three basic categories:

  • Dusk to Dawn Sensors
  • Light Remote Controls
  • Motion Sensors

More About Lighting Controls

Dusk to Dawn Sensors

These are products that feature a photocell and will turn your lights on at dusk and off at dawn. They help you save money by ensuring your lights are turned off during daylight hours and automatically turn on in the evening when you need them most. They also provide safety and security by illuminating areas you might need to navigate in the dark.

Lighting Remote Controllers

These products typically work by plugging the remote control receiver into a standard wall outlet and plugging your light device into the receiver box. The remote control, whether it is handheld or a wall switch allows you to turn the lights on and off whenever you like.

Motion Sensors

Motion sensors automatically detect when someone enters a room and turn on the lights. When motion is no longer detected, the lights are turned off. These lights are most cost-effective in low traffic rooms that have multiple lights on one switch… possibly a guest bedroom, utility room bathroom or the garage.