May 7, 2012

Green University - Screw in Lighting Controls

This Green University review is on Screw In Light and Lamp Controls

Screw in Lighting controls and lighting control systems are an easy way to reduce the cost of lighting in the home and can also act as a deterrent to thievery as a home that is at least partially lit at nite is less likely to be broken into.

We have a good assortment of lighting controls on our website with Amertac Westek as our major supplier.

In this blog we will discuss some of our favorite controls:

How do screw in  lighting controls work?:
Most have a small eye to record light levels. Most have a dusk-to-dawn setting as the primary feature but some have random on off features and programmable features that allow on/off at specific times.

As far as a very technical scientific discussion of how these parts work, as traditional as this technology is, we've had difficulty finding a good explanation.We'd be interested in a very technical write up if you can find one. Please send it our way.

Outdoor Flood fixtures are a no brainer to add a light control to:
It's a pain to get the ladder out and change flood bulbs often. But outdoor flood bulbs are one of the most important deterrents to vagrant activity. It's a simple install for a homeowner or handyman to screw the control into the existing flood fixture and then screw the flood bulb into the control.
The outdoor lighting control Amertac Part # OLC5CFLBC is the Conservastore Part #03-0151. The part has recently been upgraded to handle CFL(compact fluorescents) and LED floods which are very popular now. Here's a pic of the part.

Conservastore part # 03-0151 Outdoor Flood Light Control
Conservastore offers longest life incandescent flood bulbs in 75 wt and 150 wt by Aerotech light bulb.These bulbs would be a great tandem purchase with the above light control to offer the longest life for the bulbs and lessen the need to change bulbs often.

Our most popular lighting controller offers options on the turn off portion of the control
This items is the Amertac Part# SLC6CBC and  Conservastore Part # 03-0149
The device automatically turns lights On at dusk but you have the choice of turn off after 2, 5, or 8 hours or at dawn. Random Off deters intruders when on vacation. It will handle the popular CFL or compact fluorescent bulb as well incandescent bulbs. It will work indoor or in a weather protected outdoor setting

Conservastore Part # 03-0149 Programmable Light Control

A Popular Amertac controller has been upgraded making it a Great Value Buy 
Amertac recently upgraded the model SLC5BCW which is the Conservastore part # 03-0237 to perform with CFL bulbs as well as incandescent and halogen bulbs. It is a perfectly priced screw in control for most of the lamps in your home or small office. It is limited to a dusk to dawn setting but that is the most popular setting for most folks.

Conservastore Part# 03-0237 Value Buy Dusk to Dawn Controller
Lighting controls will continue to move to an integrated system whereby you can control the lighting in your home remotely thru the net. But that is still a bit expensive and just screwing in low priced controls is still a great way to go for many in 2012.

Green University is our way of educating you on Green Products and Green Topics that you may have not considered or been unaware of. We all have a specialty in our jobs and our specialty is offering you how you can save on your water and energy bills and by so doing save the global resource base for us all. More Green University reports to come.... Stay tuned
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