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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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How to Install a Motion Sensor Light Switch

Are you trying to save money by cutting cost around the house? If so you have probably already taken steps to reduce your utility bills including the biggie, the electric bill. There are many ways to go about this one is to simply turn off lights in rooms that are not being used. Of course for some this is easier said than done but with the help of a motion sensor light switch you can guarantee lights are off. If you have bought or are planning on buying a motion sensor lightswitch (or occupancy sensor) but are not sure if you have what it takes to install it and should hire an electrician this video should help. Electrical work can be very intimidating to those that have little or no experience but most things around the house truly are simple and only require a few common tools as you will see. Afterwards you will know whether this is a job for you or not but I’m sure you can step up to the challenge because one of the best ways to save money is to learn to do things yourself instead of paying others.

Watch This Video On How To Install a Motion Sensor Light Switch