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Ceiling Mounted Motion Sensor VS. Wall Mounted Motion Sensor

Attaching motion sensors to your lighting is one of the easiest ways to reduce electricity usage at home or work which ultimately saves you or your company money month after month. This is especially true in large offices where there could easily be hundreds of overhead lights. Since you are reading this there is a good chance you already know all of this but still have questions. One of which is should I/we use a ceiling mounted or wall mounted motion sensor with our lights? And the answer to this is it depends, different situations require different sensors. Below you will find a comparison of two models of motion sensors one wall mounted and one ceiling mounted. Hopefully this will help you decide which is best for you application.


Ceiling Mounted Motion Sensor for Lights


Leviton Ceiling Mounted Motion/Occupancy Sensor

The Leviton ODCOS-I1W Self Contained Ceiling Mounted Occupancy Sensor is an energy saving solution for many applications. Businesses and homeowners, who want to reduce their electric bill, will agree that this sensor activated light eliminates the waste of electricity. This sensor is very easy to install and is particularly suited for areas that are hard to reach. Possible applications include storage rooms, rooms that are used frequently, and small areas that do not have traditional wall switches. The fact that this self contained unit does not require an external power pack increases the versatility even more.


The Leviton ODCOS-I1W features PIR technology. PIR (Passive Infrared) technology is used to detect motion. A Fresnel lens, which is divided into segments, monitors the room and detects motion within the 360-degree viewing area. The Fresnel lens is divided in 79 segments, which optimize the sensitivity and monitoring ability of the sensor. Mounting the sensor at a height of 8 feet will allow the sensor to cover approximately 530 square feet. The large coverage of the sensor will greatly reduce the numbers of sensors needed in bigger rooms. For added versatility this sensor has a delayed OFF option. This function can be adjusted between 20 seconds and 15minutes, depending on the use of the room. The Leviton Occupancy Sensor has a LED indicator that makes it easy to verify the correct placement of the sensor to achieve optimum performance. The ambient light override allows adjustments to the sensor settings. This is a very useful feature because it prevents the sensor from switching the lights on when sufficient natural light is available. This setting works independently from the motion sensor to allow maximum energy savings.


Wall Mounted Motion Sensor for Lights


Leviton Wall Mounted Motion/Occupancy Sensor

The Leviton ODS10-ID Decora Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor is another energy saving solution for businesses and individuals.  Applications for this type of sensor technology include commercial buildings, schools, offices, and many others. This Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor can be installed in a regular wall switch opening. It features the same PIR sensor and lens as the ceiling mounted occupancy sensor. Even though the wall switch has a low profile design, the lens is protected to ensure long trouble free operation.


This Leviton ODS10-ID can monitor up to 2100 square feet. It is adjustable and provides 180 degrees of view. The ambient light feature and delayed OFF option is part of this wall switch. This Leviton model can be used to automatically control different types of lights that are often found in offices, conference rooms, and media-centers. This eliminates the need to choose one particular setting. The manual override prevents the lights from coming on when they are not needed or desired. The ODS10 also features a push-button to turn the lights on or off. The lights will stay on as long as motion is detected. The unit will return to the automatic preset settings. High inrush loads are handled through a latching relay that provides a longer service life.


And there you have it a full comparison of ceiling and wall mounted motion sensors. Hopefully this has helped you in your decision on the best type for you situation. One thing that may also help is to consider where each type would be located if installed. If you are leaning toward a wall mounted unit you but the location it will be mounted is cluttered with furniture or cubicles then you may want to use a ceiling mounted version. And vise versa if you are leaning toward a ceiling mounted unit but there are other obstacles you may want to consider the wall unit. Either way you I am sure you will be more than pleased with the convenience of your new lights and the money they save you.

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Motion Sensor Stairway Lighting for Enhanced Home Safety

There are places in every home that can use more illumination. Closets, dark corners, decks, basements and garages are some of the possible places. Indoor and outdoor stairways are others. Light fixtures at the top or bottom of stairways do not always provide all the light needed to traverse the stairs safely. Since most staircases do not have electrical outlets on their walls, providing additional lighting is not easily done. If you have this problem in your home, the perfect answer to it is to attach wall mounted, battery operated motion sensor stairway lighting.

 Motion Sensor Stairway Lights

One motion sensor lighting fixture to consider installing is Mr. Beams MB 530 Battery Powered Motion Sensing LED Step Light. This unit has an extremely bright LED that operates on a minimum amount of power. The light emitted is white with a slight bluish cast, not warm yellow, so it provides plenty of illumination on dark staircases. The motion sensor turns it on and off automatically when detecting movement as far as 30 feet away. The flat-bottomed design is easily mounted with either screws or adhesive tape, which is provided with the fixture. The unit can be set to stay on for 20 seconds or 60 seconds each time it is activated. It also has a glow feature, which can be set to on or off. When set to glow, the unit gives off a soft glow of light continuously. The design is weatherproof for indoor or outdoor use. It should run for over a year on a set of three C batteries, which are not included in the package. Finally, it comes with a one year limited warranty.

Another stairway lighting choice is the Sylvania 72452 LED Motion Activated Guideway Lighting Kit. This light is composed of four LED strips of ten inches in length each, which are great for configuring around a corner if the staircase turns. Eight AA batteries are included, which is two for each strip. Besides this starter unit, there are telescopic units, universal joints and end caps available. The fixture offers customizable time settings for the length of time the light remains on when motion activated. An easy snap-together installation speeds mounting the fixture. Some customers who installed this stairway lighting liked the flexibility of the four strips of LEDs. Some mounted two at the top and two at the bottom of their stairs for greater illumination.

A fixture newly on the market is the DORCY 41-1070 LED Wireless Motion Sensor Stair-Lite. This unit utilizes the motion sensor and includes a photo sensor with brightness control and a variable setting timer. The light will only turn on in the dark when motion is detected. This saves energy and battery life because the light will not turn on when the light is merely dim, like on a cloudy day. The light can be set to turn off after 30 seconds or remain on for as long as two minutes. The batteries will last for over a year with this new design.

So as you can see there are many options when it comes to motion sensor stairway lighting. Making your home safe is very important and with these easy to install lights that responsibility just got easier.

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