Installation of Hands-Free Lighting


LED (light emitting diode) technology has been around for a while but the current coronavirus pandemic has made business give it a second look for reasons besides the power bill.

HOK’s Director of Workplace Kay Sargent notes that one of the side effects of “shelter in place” during the COVID19 outbreak is having time to “reflect on the past and ideate about the future.” In other words, we’ve had to rethink how we do the most basic things.

LED lighting and the kind of hands-free lighting it offers always saved money but now, we also realize it can save lives.

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Hands free lighting

Why High-Touch Surfaces Are a Health Risk.

Like many viruses, COVID-19 primarily spreads through the droplets of fluid that people emit when they talk, sing, cough, sneeze, or exhale. When those droplets land on nearby surfaces, they can be transferred from an infected person when someone else touches that surface.

Surface areas in general are reservoirs for viruses, bacteria, and other germs. When you sneeze into the environment, the respiratory particles can land on surfaces such as a doorknob or table.

Manish Trivedi, M.D., director of the division of infectious diseases and chairman of infection prevention and control at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in New Jersey.

Public health officials are unsure how long the novel coronavirus can survive on a surface but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports it may be for hours and even days.

Hands-Free Lighting is the answer

By installing hands-free lighting, power consumption is reduced because areas are only illuminated when people are present and viral infection is reduced because no one touches a possibly contaminated surface.

Two types of motion sensors for hands-free lighting:


LED light sensors

1. Vacancy Sensor

It senses when a room is unoccupied and turns off lights. However, the light must be manually turned on when someone enters the space.

2. Occupancy Sensor

It senses when people have entered the space to turn on lights and off when it senses the space is empty.

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Advantages of Occupancy Sensors

Like all motion sensors lighting arrangements, occupancy sensors provide high energy efficiency. One downside some see in this arrangement is that you cannot choose if you want the light to turn on or off. Someone can simply pass through the space and the lights turn one. The option of a vacancy sensor solves that problem but does not offer the health advantage that occupancy sensors do.

AACTPRO is proud to be on the cutting edge of lighting technology and our service team will work with you to determine what is best for your workspace. We assist you in choosing and planning out your new hands-free lighting system that will take your energy efficient and minimal health risk workspace to the next level.

We work with you to determine which type of fixtures to use and how to best implement your hands-free lighting arrangement.