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Best 3 Way Motion Sensor Light Switch

Just as it is annoying to come into a dark room and grope around for the light switch, it is not always easy to remember to turn off that same light when you leave the room, although that is the number one advice for saving energy.  It is especially difficult to be “green compliant” when you have a high traffic area in your home or office, with too many people coming in and out of it during the day to keep track of who remembers and who does not. Motion sensor technology allows for energy savings in even the most absent minded household by making the turning on and off of the lighting automatic.

Motion sensor light switches are an ideal solution to this seemingly minor but vexing problem and the Leviton ODS10-ID Decora WallLeviton ODS10 Motion Sensor Light Switch Switch Occupancy Sensor is arguably the best product addressing the situation. It is not the most expensive model available nor the cheapest but has all the features you could want or need.

The Leviton ODS10-ID Decora uses “Passive Infrared (PIR)” detection technology, the main feature of which is a special lens that segments a 180 degree field of view into what are called “sensor zones”.  What this means is that when a person comes into or out of one of these zones, the sensor detects the motion and turns the light on—which remain on until the person leaves the room and it remains unoccupied for a period of time that the user presets.  The switch easily covers up to 2100 square feet, can be used with incandescent lamps, fluorescent or low voltage lighting with either electronic or magnet ballasts.

Unlike some motion sensor technology, the Leviton Decora has a low profile design and also offers manual control.  If the lights are off, pressing a button turns them on and keeps them on as long as the area is occupied, and conversely allows for turning lights off even if the automatic on feature as been chosen, giving the user even more control over their energy savings. Additionally, three and four way lighting control is supported due to the Decor’s multi location features, multiple sensors can easily work one lighting load.   Further, the unit is three way adjustable— most importantly with an ambient light feature that provides override to the automatic lighting if there is already sufficient light in the room –such as in the longer days of summer.  Additionally there is also a sensitivity adjustment to control the field of view and the duration adjustment which allows the user to predetermine the length of no-motion time before shut off.

The Leviton Decora is fully UL Listed and CSA certified and complies with not only FCC regulations but the tougher California Title 24 Energy code.  It is V-shaped, allows for 32 degrees of arc in the visual field, and features serrated back-wiring clamps for exemplary conductivity.  The unit comes with generous five year warranty.

This unit comes with a manufacturer’s suggested price of around eighty dollars; however Amazon.com has featured the Leviton Decora for much less on a recent internet search.  The product is highly rated by actual purchasers of the product, with an enviable 4.5 rating on the website. If you would like to see more information of other switches you take a look at this article “Motion Sensor Light Switch – Finding the Right One to Buy“.

*Please note the links above direct to Amazon as I have found they offer the biggest selections and most competitive prices.*

Indoor and Outdoor Fluorescent Light Fixtures with Motion Sensors

With the cost of living continuously on the rise year after year it is no wonder that just about everyone you talk to these days is looking for ways to save money. And thanks to the internet and blogs like this one finding money saving tips has become fairly easy. But once you have read a few blog posts and articles on the subject you start seeing the same old list of things to do like insulating your home better, turning lights of when you leave a room and switching to CFL and LED light bulbs. These are all great things to do but it’s also nice to see some new ideas every now and then which is were this article comes in.

 Fluorescent Light Fixtures with Motion Sensors

As mentioned above one of the best and easiest ways to save on electricity cost in your home is by switching all your lights to compact fluorescent or even the newer LED light bulbs. This is no new news to anyone that has read anything about saving money but there is a way to improve on this even more and that is by adding a motion sensor to these lights. By combining motion sensors and CFL’s you significantly increase the amount each light will save you. There is only one problem with this. Do to the way that fluorescent tube bulbs and CFL’s are made they are not compatible with most motion sensors. What happens is the light never really turns off all the way instead it only dims to a low glow. Now you can buy dimmable CFL bulbs which most manufacturers including GE, Sylvania and Purespectrum are making. These bulbs have had some design modifications which allow them to work with dimmer switches and some newer motion sensor lights. One good example of a CFL bulb that is can be used in light fixtures with motion sensors is the CFL Fluorescent 23w Par38 Outdoor Lights 4-pack by Feit. These indoor outdoor weatherproof floodlight bulbs have an average life of 10,000 hours as compared to only 2,000 hours for a standard floodlight. They also have a 1300 lumen light output making them comparable to a standard 120 watt bulb while using 75% less energy.

 

Or another option you have is to buy a motion sensor light fixture that is compatible with CFL’s like the American Tack (Hemco) OMLC3BC Outdoor Motion Activated Light Control. This light works with CFL, halogen and incandescent bulbs up to a maximum of 150 watts. It has a 180 degree detection zone, can detect motion up to 30 feet away and turns off ten minutes after the last motion is detected. Another fixture you might be interested in is the First Alert PIR725 Compact Fluorescent Bulb Compatible Motion Sensing Socket. It is for indoor use only but is very handy for closets, basements, laundry rooms or any other place you need instant light when you walk into a room. You simply screw the fixture into an existing light socket then screw your CFL bulb into the other end. It detects motion in a full 360 degrees in a 12 foot radius and works with CFL’s up to 50 watts and incandescent bulbs up to 100 watts. It also comes with a 3 year warranty.

 

There is no reason not to use the products mentioned above. They are not only easy to install they help to save you money not to mention they are very inexpensive to buy. If you would like some more information on different types of motion sensor lights you can check these articles on best indoor sensor lights and best outdoor sensor lights.

*Please note the links above direct to Amazon as I have found they offer the biggest selections and most competitive prices.*