A human sensor detects people when they are in the sensing area of the sensor. The sensor can be connected to various types of lighting equipment.
In the above context, is the definite article before "lighting equipment" in the following sentence optional?
(The) lighting equipment connected to the sensor may turn on or off abruptly if the sensor is affected by electrical noise.
"The" may not be required if I am talking about just any lighting equipment connected to the sensor, but I also feel that "the" may be required because "lighting equipment" is restricted by the phrase "connected to the sensor."
I would like to hear your opinion.
Thank you in advance.
The article has been getting more and more redundant over the last several centuries, so it is difficult to develop an ear for it. Here, we would prefer to use either "The" or "Any" because instructions are meant to be explicit. But you are right, if it was dialogue, or an utterance from something other than instructions, you could leave them off.