Being nearly impossible for families to train children and young adults to turn off lights when they leave a room, there is an option which parents can use that is simple and does not require changing out current lights to new motion-activated lighting.
Leviton’s Decora Digital Controls® are especially smart, an upgrade from dimmers and switches, are LED lighting compatible, and can be used to control indoor and outdoor lighting. They use Bluetooth® technology for easier dimming, timing, and programmed lighting.
What looks like a standard wall switch is also a Leviton universal dimmer and programmable and countdown timer. After the switch is installed, a free app must be downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet and paired to the switch. It then can control the room within a thirty foot range without using a hub, gateway, or internet connection. This range may be affected by obstacles, wall configuration, installation conditions or other factors. The app controller screen has a Brightness percentage toggle, an On/Off button, the Schedule, Sleep Timer, and Advanced Settings.
Using the app, the homeowner can dim the lights, set timers, and control switched loads like exhaust fans and pool filters. While sitting on a sofa or in bed, one can adjust light levels. The countdown sleep timer feature is perfect for controlling lighting while children are going to sleep by programming the desired amount of time for the lights to remain on before automatically switching off. With a built-in astronomical clock, the device automatically adjusts to local sunrise and sunset times. See the website for the list of iPhones and iPads with which the app will work.
The controller can also be a safety feature, making sure lights go on and off when the homeowners are away so the home does not appear to be vacant. And the lights can be set to come on so occupants do not have to walk into a dark home when returning after sunset. It is particularly useful in living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms, and as an aid for the elderly or disabled.
Although the product is new, the Leviton company is not. For nineteen consecutive years they have won the Builder Brand Study as most preferred for lighting controls and switches. They are popular with builders because of the ease of installation and the product reliability without support callbacks. It will save not only energy but also reduce utility bill costs and can be used in commercial and industrial buildings as well as residences.
Purchase Leviton Decora Digital Controls® in Greenville, South Carolina at Graybar Electric Co, 299 Garlington Rd, Greenville, SC; Gexpro, 201 Forrester Dr, Greenville, SC, 864.627.3770; or McNaughton-McKay Elec A-D, 35 Old Mill Rd, Greenville, SC.