Sensor-lights cut energy use for corridor lighting

Published:  05 July, 2012

Seinel, PIR sensor, presence detector, lighting control
Corridor lighting in homes for the elderly run by a housing association are now on only when they are in use following the installation of Steinel sensor-lights.

Lighting in corridors of homes for the elderly in Scotland run by Trust Housing Association are being converted from manual operation to control by presence detectors to reduce electricity consumption and improve the trust’s environmental profile. An initial installation comprised 40 Steinel sensor lights. It proved so successful that another hundred of the RS Pro 1000 sensor lights were installed.

Each sensor light has two 18 W low-energy lamps and two electronic ballasts. The sensors guarantee detection accuracy in 360° at a distance of up to 8 m.

As part of an on-going programme of improvements to achieve savings and meet legislation, Trust Housing looked carefully at the energy efficiency of its buildings. Corridors were identified as a key area of energy waste, with lights typically being left on all the time in empty corridors.

‘Intelligent, sensor-controlled lighting seemed like the obvious solution to the energy inefficiency of lighting the corridors round the clock,’ explains Gary Cusick, facilities manager with the association. ‘However, we needed sophisticated technology so that we could be completely sure that the lights would switch on automatically when a person entered the corridor and then stay on for only as long as they ere needed.’

Mr Cusick adds, ‘We’ve been so pleased with the Steinel sensor-lights that we’re planning to roll them out across more of our sites, including the High Blantyre development in South Lanarkshire.’

For more information on this story, click here: July 2012, 125

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