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House without light switches shortlisted for Lux Awards

Look, no switches: occupancy sensors and dimmers only at this London home

A private residence in London’s Wandsworth offers a glimpse of the house of tomorrow, with no light switches spoiling its clean lines.

The aim of the home was for the lighting to function without the need for light switches. Everything is operated via PIR sensors, but rather than just an on and off, these use conditional, time-sensitive logic and dimmers to allow the lighting to go to different levels when an area is occupied at various times of the day.

As well as creating energy savings by working on occupancy, this method also allowed the lights to be dimmed, resulting in between 30-80% energy savings depending on the time of day.

The scheme and its controls, designed by MS Lighting Design, provide a snapshot of the future, where the purpose of a switch is called into question. “Why does the lighting not function automatically to a person’s general needs at a particular time of day? Why does a switch need to be pressed every time a room is entered and left at home? These sorts of questions are what formed the basis for the creation of this lighting scheme and controls,” says Marcus Steffan of MS Lighting Design.

There are also overrides for special occasions such as parties, but even when using these settings, the sensors still work, providing occupancy detection and moving into the correct setting.

The house has been shortlisted in the Controls Project of the Year category at this year’s Lux Awards. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony on 19 November at The Troxy, London.

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