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Remote Control Light and Power

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Remote Control Light and Power
The following is a brief guide to some of the remotely controlled lighting and power control systems that can assist people with limited mobility. However, please note that every individual's needs are different. Customers should therefore base their purchasing decisions on the user's particular needs and preferences and, where appropriate, upon advice from medical and care professionals.

Why Remote Controls are Useful

We are all now very familiar with the idea of remote controls for televisions and how they can save us time and effort when changing channels, but for people with stiff joints, injured limbs or restrictions on their mobility, remote controls are especially helpful.

However, families and carers might not always be aware that the same types of technology can also be used to control a variety of other devices - which range from lighting to electrical appliances. Using small, lightweight transmitters that can be worn around the neck or on clothing, people can turn household appliances on and off without having to leave the comfort of their chairs.

A second kind of remote control device incorporates automatic motion sensors and these products can be particularly helpful when connected to a lighting system. In such a case, the user does not have to carry a key fob transmitter; the sensor will automatically detect his or her presence in a room and will turn on the lights for as long as it senses movement or for a predetermined period such as five or ten minutes. This makes night time trips to the bathroom easier and safer and, since falls during the night are a common cause of injury, such systems can be a very worthwhile investment.

Product Options

The following are some of the options that you might like to consider.

  • Remote control power sockets. Designed to fit into an ordinary household plug socket without the need for additional wiring or an electrician, these sockets can be turned on and off using a small key fob transmitter. Thus, an appliance such as a television, radio or washing machine can be turned on or safely off without having to rise from a chair or reach down to floor level. Note that key fob transmitters will require a battery, so make sure that the battery is easy to change and look for systems that enable you to buy a spare actuator (transmitter unit) in case of loss or damage.

  • Remote control bulb fittings. The simplest solutions are often the most effective and that certainly seems to be true of the remote control light fittings that are now available. Look for small, compact adaptors that fit into the existing socket (either screw or bayonet style mounts) and those that can be used with ordinary household bulbs. Once fitted, the adaptor will allow the light to be turned on or off either by a key fob transmitter or by an automatically controlled system such as a motion sensor or an automatic door switch (see below.)

  • Actuators. These are the devices that are used to send the signal that controls the light or power socket. Simple key fob actuators will normally have an on-off switch and will be supplied with a short chain and clasp or with a clip that may be attached to clothing. Automatic actuators include motion sensors, as noted above, or switches that activate when a door (e.g. to a bathroom) is opened or closed. Actuators can also come in other forms, such as a wireless, surface-mounted switch, that can be attached to a table, wheelchair tray or wall.

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