Light Your Way


Lighting is a very important aspect to any home or business. With the right setting you can create a certain mood in the space to enhance comfort and style. Have control of your lighting and energy bills with ELK's M1 Gold. ELK's 10 Lighting Partners can give you the convenience, safety, and security you need for your lifestyle.

Convenience
Dictionary.com states that convenience is anything that saves or simplifies work and adds to one's ease or comfort. Wouldn't it be nice when you open a door, the light comes one. Or when you walk out of a room the light goes off. Take advantage of the convenience aspect that the M1 can offer. 

In this example, the closet light will turn on when the closet is opened.  The light will stay on for 10 minutes or until the closet door is shut.  This will give you the convenience of having the light come on by itself and can help to reduce energy costs if you are the type of person that accidentally leaves the light on.

WHENEVER Closet Door (Zn 14) BECOMES NOT SECURE
          THEN TURN Closet Light [6 (A6)] ON FOR 10 MINS

WHENEVER Closet Door (Zn 14) BECOMES SECURE
        THEN TURN Closet Light [6 (A6)] OFF

Safety
Yes, lighting acts a design element, but it's number one purpose is safety.  
Here is an example of the stairway lights turning on for 10 minutes when a motion sensor in the stairway detects motion.  The lights will also turn on when the door to the stairway is opened.  This will ensure that you wont end up in a dark stairwell where it may be easy to have an accidental fall.  This example shows one motion sensor and one door with a door contact.  Use a door contact on each door that leads to the stairway.  Your application may also require more than one motion sensor, depending on the size and shape of the stairway.

WHENEVER Stairway Door (Zn 5) BECOMES NOT SECURE
          THEN TURN Stairway Lights [1 (A1)] ON FOR 10 MINS

WHENEVER Stairway Motion (Zn 6) BECOMES NOT SECURE
          THEN TURN Stairway Lights [1 (A1)] ON FOR 10 MINS

Security
Lighting can be used as a preventive and corrective measure against intrusions or other criminal activity. Lighting can be turned on when it detects motion and the property is armed. You can also leave your lights on when you are away so it looks like someone is home.

In this example, lights will be used to give the premises an occupied appearance when the customer is away for an extended period of time.  When the system is armed to vacation mode, the following rules turn on several lights at different times to simulate the normal activities of the resident.  At sunset the living room lights will turn on.

WHENEVER SUNSET
     AND Area 1 (Area 1) IS ARMED VACATION
          THEN TURN LivingRm Lights [1(A1)] ON

The kitchen lights will turn on at 7:00pm and stay on for 35 minutes.  At 7:30pm the dining room lights will turn on for 25 minutes.  This simulates the resident preparing and eating dinner.

WHENEVER THE TIME IS 7:00 PM
     AND Area 1 (Area 1) IS ARMED VACATION
          THEN TURN Kitchen Lights [2(A2)] ON FOR 35 MINS

  WHENEVER THE TIME IS 7:30 PM
     AND Area 1 (Area 1) IS ARMED VACATION
          THEN TURN DiningRm Lights [3(A3)] ON FOR 25 MINS

Finally, after sunset the bathroom lights will turn on for 2 minutes every hour and 17 minutes.  The unusual interval and the variance in the time sunset occurs will help to achieve a seemingly random pattern.

WHENEVER EVERY 1 HOUR AND 17 MINUTES
     AND Area 1 (Area 1) IS ARMED VACATION
     AND THE TIME IS LATER THAN AT SUNSET
          THEN TURN Bathroom Light [4(A4)] ON FOR 2 MINS

At 11:00pm (bed time) all lights with Housecode A will be turned off.  

WHENEVER TIME IS 11:00 PM
     AND Area 1 (Area 1) IS ARMED VACATION
          THEN TURN ALL LIGHTS OFF, HOUSECODE A

Create a similar sequence for the morning to create a “lived in” appearance.


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Learn more about security, home automation, business solutions, energy management, access control, and many other solutions available though ELK's M1 Cross Platform Controls. Our goal is to make this blog a great resource for getting new ideas on how to take advantage of the powerful integration and programming capabilities of the M1. We will also provide tech tips and how-to's on a variety of applications to get you well on your way to securing and simplifying life!

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