Crying out for a Small dose of Loxone Medicine

Lucinda Wood
29th August 2012 in Backstage

Since May, we’ve been enjoying our new UK offices in Swallowfield. They’ve got congestion-free roads, friendly reception staff and a croquet set on the lawns. “What more could you want?” I hear you all wondering…

We’re a smart home technology company – so you’ve probably guessed the answer already. Here are three things which we think the Miniserver would control rather well:

1) Outside LightsIMAG0024 (2)

Everyday when the receptionist leaves at 5:30pm, or earlier if it’s already dark, they turn on the outside lights. Of course in the summer this means the lights are often turned on hours before they are needed. They then turn the lights off again when they get into work at 8:30am the next day (or the following Monday, if it’s a weekend).

I decided to do a few quick calculations to see just how wasteful this was:

  • Total time the lights are on when it’s light outside = c.2400 hours per year
  • Total power consumption of the outside lights = c.3500W
  • Wasted money = over £800 per year

The Miniserver, once you’ve told it where it is, can easily calculate sunrise and sunset times, and switch on the lights when they’re needed.


                                          2) Atrium Windows IMAG0026

We’ve got a lovely atrium with a glass roof and electric windows. The snag? They’re controlled by a switch at reception – so their automatic temperature and rain sensor is, well, the receptionist. How much simpler for the Miniserver to measure the temperature, decide whether or not to open the windows, and close them immediately if it starts to rain?




3) Toilet Lights


It may seem a bit pathetic, but definitely still worth mentioning. The lighting in the loo is turned on and off with a small, not particularly clean, pull cord – which leaves you two options:
1) Leave the light on when you leave, and waste a little more electricity
2) Turn it off, and cover your freshly washed hands with a few thousand bacteria

A cheap motion sensor connected to the Miniserver’s digital input would be all it took to have automatic lights, lower energy bills and cleaner hands.


We’ve put these suggestions to the office manager, so hopefully – in the not-too-distant future – you can expect the second instalment of this blog to fill you in on just how much time and energy has been saved with the help of a Loxone Miniserver. Watch this space.