Light Sentry is a new Kickstarter campaign launched by Sonne Industries. The main components include a hub, a natural light sensor and a gizmo (known as a mobile power gate) that acts as an intermediary between your connected lighting device and the mids. center. This hardware is designed to help you with automation and optimization Your home lighting schedule.
Existing appliances that turn lights on or off on a scheduled schedule do not necessarily account for power outages or sunset / sunrise times. Light Sentry does. It relies on real-time and real-time lighting conditions to automatically adjust your lights based on the rules you set. After that initial setup, you’re supposed to be done – no need to worry about making adjustments based on seasonal changes like Daylight Saving Time, etc.The whole concept reminds me on transition lenses (You know, those indoor replacements for sunglasses in full light?) or auto headlights.
Sonne Industries claims that their Light Sentry setup is DIY. Just plug the Light Sentry hub into a socket, paste the natural light sensor anywhere (inside or outside) with direct access to outdoor light and the sensor is responsible for transmitting the connection. The light reading results back to the center. Then, connect your portable power port to whatever lights you want to program.
Portable power port can be set to incandescent bulb, LED or dimming CFL at 25, 50, 75 or 100 percent brightness. They are designed to work with lights and other gadgets up to 600W and have an override option in case you want to temporarily get lost from your established lighting schedule. You can use a Web-based interface to create custom commands for any portable source port.
You can set commands (on, dim, or off) based on light, shadow, timing, or a combination of the three commands. In addition to the convenience of a fully automatic lighting system that can self-adjust based on real-time signals, Light Sentry can also help save money and energy. And while it’s currently only available for indoor use, the outdoor portable electric portal is still in the works, depending on the success of the Kickstarter campaign. The Light Sentry funding phase begins on May 14 with a target of $ 200,000. Last time I checked it got $ 13,788 in funding, but still 28 days away – in case you wanted back to this project.