Automatic stair lighting offers more than just sure-footedness and energy efficiency
From a purely functional point of view, a staircase must offer the possibility of safely moving from one floor to another on foot, which is known to be much healthier than using the elevator. In addition to this rather dry function, stairs are also used as a possible architectural design tool, especially when they are located in a room as a cantilevered element. Many architects and builders know that the clever use of a staircase as a visual eye-catcher creates an impression of quality and creativity among customers and also among their own employees. In principle, this also applies to staircases in stairwells.
It is a good thing that automatic staircase lighting also has two functions. On the one hand, it serves as a safety measure against "missteps" for the people using the staircase, and on the other hand, it offers design scope for enhancing the character of the staircase. Automatic staircase lighting in the form of step-by-step warm white LED spotlights or LED strips that follow you step by step creates a highlight for almost any staircase. In dark hallways with timers, the additional presence detector saves you from suddenly being in the dark when the timer unexpectedly turns off the light and you have to search for the next momentary switch.
LED spotlights in the stair string or integrated LED strips under the treads?
Staircases whose treads or tread covering are particularly visually attractive benefit from indirect illumination provided by an integrated LED light strip beneath each tread near the leading edge of each tread. A narrow groove is milled under each stair tread to accommodate the LED light strip. The LED strips illuminate each individual step with warm LED light, allowing the stair tread to stand out very well without the possibility of direct light blinding the eyes. The leading edges of the treads are easy to see, absolutely minimizing the risk of tripping.
An alternative to the LED light chain is offered by small LED spotlights, which are installed above each individual tread in the side string of the stairs. In principle, these are small LED spotlights, each of which illuminates "its" stair tread. Depending on the type of construction of the staircase, interactive staircase lighting can be used to create interesting illumination effects. The LED spotlights, as well as the LED light strips, minimize the risk of accidents associated with any use of stairs. In addition, automatic staircase lighting is energy-efficient, significantly reducing electricity costs compared to conventional lighting.
The technology of automatic LED staircase lighting explained in brief Our intelligent LED staircase lighting uses surprisingly few components. The high manufacturing quality of the system parts, their durability and low maintenance requirements make the staircase lighting so reliable and fail-safe. The main components of the automatic staircase lighting as a complete set consist of:
• LED control unit as the intelligent heart of the system
• LED spotlights or LED strips
• A pair of motion sensors
• Twilight sensor
• Permanent light switch (also possible as changeover switch)
• Power supply unit for LED control unit and above it also the LED lamps The wiring of individual components that operate in the low-voltage segment, such as the LED lamps, the motion sensors and the LED control unit, is done with fine connecting wires that are connected using modern clip technology without the use of tools.
The LED control unit - the heart of intelligent staircase lighting
The LED control unit switches the interactive staircase lighting on in stages. Some parameters can be adjusted as desired by means of controllers, such as the lighting duration, as well as the switch-on and switch-off speed of the sequence "Staircase up" or "Staircase down". You can set the intervals at which the intelligent stair light rushes from one stair step to the next separately for "up" and "down". The interactive staircase lighting is particularly effective when two people, one at the top and one at the bottom, enter the staircase at the same time and the staircase light moves towards each other from above and from below and gradually goes out again from the middle downwards and upwards.
The control unit operates entirely in the low-voltage range of 10 to 24 volts and therefore requires an appropriate power supply unit for power supply. In 2015, the "Professional 5014" control unit received the Innovation Award IT of the "Initiative Mittelstand" and was awarded the title "Best of 2015 - Hardware".
The motion sensors indicate to the control unit that a person is entering the top or bottom of the stairs
The complete set includes two motion sensors or motion detectors, one of which is installed near the top and one near the bottom step of the stairs - usually on the wall. The motion sensors work independently of the intensity of lighting and brightness and are very reliable. They detect motion at an angle similar to a photoelectric sensor and report the motion to the control unit, which then starts the step-by-step staircase lighting. The two motion sensors do not require a counterpart, a reflector or a transmitter unit to function. They can be installed in classic flush-mounted boxes of all common systems. The movement message of the sensors is passed on by thin sensor connection cable to the control unit, so that the control unit "knows" whether the staircase lighting with movement sensor must be started from above or from below and above.
The twilight sensor switches off the automatic LED staircase lighting in bright daylight
With a twilight or daylight sensor, you can automatically turn off your smart staircase lighting when there is enough daylight on the staircase and the staircase running light cannot come into its own. You can set the light intensity at which the LED staircase lighting is switched on or off. Deactivating the lighting in bright daylight saves energy. Together with the staircase light, the dimmer switch can also be used to automatically switch the LED ambient lighting on and off, if it is integrated into the system. The daylight sensor can be installed easily and inconspicuously. It only requires a small drill hole with a diameter of 9 mm and can be installed in such a way that it is practically invisible. If required, it can also be installed in a flush-mounted box.
The choice of LED light source determines the character of the staircase lighting
Completely glare-free lighting is created when using the LED light strips, because it is virtually indirect lighting. The small LED lights in the light strip give the stairs a homey light. The length of the strips can be adjusted on site to the width of each stair tread. Either they are placed directly under each tread near the front edge by gluing or by means of groove to be milled. So that each light strip can be switched separately, each strip is given its own output on the control unit.
As an alternative to the light strips, small LED spotlights are available that can illuminate each individual tread. They are usually mounted on the stair stringers. This type of interactive staircase lighting also allows the creation of interesting lighting effects. With the help of a power amplifier, the individual and interactive staircase lighting can also be combined with LED luminaires that supplement the staircase lighting as ceiling or wall lighting. In addition, it is possible to connect a permanent light switch to the control unit - also as a changeover switch - with which you can activate the staircase lighting permanently. This is helpful, for example, during cleaning or maintenance work. You can see which specific connection options your control unit offers in the connection diagram further up on this page.
Staircase lighting with sensor "Made in Germany
We at SEQUA are proud to have fully lived up to our claim of becoming the market leader for sensor-controlled LED staircase lighting. We offer individual solutions that are tailored exactly to your needs. Our reliable control units, the heart of every sensor-controlled staircase lighting system, are developed in Germany. They meet the most diverse requirements and offer creative possibilities for the design of your staircase lighting with motion detectors and sensors. We offer a three-year warranty on the control unit as standard.
We look forward to your ideas and to an exchange of ideas with you. We will be very happy to discuss with you individual solutions for sensor-controlled staircase lighting that meets your wishes and your circumstances. As mentioned above, automatic staircase lighting is not only for safety and energy efficiency, but it can better enhance the architectural design feature of stairs and makes an impression on your customers.
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