Lighting should to meet the needs of the humans using a space—and sometimes that means knowing when to turn off. By using sensors for motion detection and daylight harvesting, lighting can be designed to adapt to how you’re using a space and whether there are other sources of light. .
For part four of Senso’s five-part series on the Xicato XIM module, we’re taking a closer look at its sensor capabilities.
The Xicato Intelligent Sensors (XIS) are compatible with the XIM modules and communicate wirelessly over Bluetooth. XIS can detect changing environments so that lights can be programmed to respond accordingly. Uses include:
Occupancy detection: activates lights when someone enters the room, fading down the lights after a set time period. For example, rooms that are infrequently accessed, like supply closets, would benefit from occupancy detection.
Vacancy detection: like occupancy detection, but in reverse. Vacancy detection will dim lights after a pre-set timeout period if no occupancy is detected.
Daylight compensation: perfect for spaces that enjoy lots of natural light. On sunny days, or even cloudy ones, XIS helps lighting adapt to the amount of ambient light, increasing brightness as darkness falls.
Art conservation: since light can be damaging to artwork, sensors are crucial in optimizing the type of light exposed to your artwork, and can also switch the lights off when no viewer is present. Your watercolour collection will thank you!
XIS can also broadcast by beacon (see part 3 of our series about XIM), meaning that it’s adaptable to retail and customer-focused experiences.