Picking an Outdoor Motion Sensor Light Control

Even in areas where there is ample street lighting, good outdoor lighting for your home is your best defense not only against intruders but accidents and injury.  And yet, outdoor lighting can cause a significant bump in household energy consumption especially with the standard on at dusk off at dawn sensor technology.  One way to be safe and secure as well as reduce your carbon footprint on the planet is to take advantage of the latest in outdoor motion sensor light control technology.

Here are just a few of the available options:

Heath Zenith SL-4100-BK-A 150 Degree Motion Sensing Post Light SensorThe Heath Zenith SL-4100-BK-A 150 Degree Motion Sensing Post Light Sensor neatly and inexpensively provides the latest in motion sensor technology to existing post light fixtures with its easy mounting to 3 inch lamp posts.  The unit has a selectable light timer, allowing for a choice of one, five or 20 minutes of lights on after the last motion is detected before automatic switch off.  This motion sensor offers something called DualBrite Two Level Lighting Technology which detects motion in a 150 degree arc, and which also controls the existing post light levels.

The American Tack (Hemco) OMLC3BC Outdoor Motion Activated Light Control is anotherAmerican Tack (Hemco) OMLC3BC Outdoor Motion Activated Light Control highly rated internet review product. This unit is designed primarily to control existing outdoor floodlights, but can also be adapted to other uses.  The American Tack turns on automatically when motion is detected turns off ten minutes after the last movement is noted.  The product has an expansive 180 degree detection zone for best protection.  This unit has an effective detection range of approximately 30 feet of distance.  The sensor is adjustable with the ability to be custom positioned right and left, up and down.  The OMLC3BC is perfect for illuminating alleys, yards and driveways, and works with existing CFL, halogen and incandescent floodlights. Primarily intended as a replacement unit for the Heath/Zenith SL-5407-BZ-A Replacement Motion Sensor can be adapted to initial use as well.

Heath-Zenith SL-5407-BZ-A Replacement Motion SensorThe SL-5407-BZ is an affordable and dependable security motion sensor with a 180 motion detection arc and is capable of detecting movement up to 70 feet away from the unit itself.  The detection sensitivity is fully adjustable, eliminating accidental triggering by wind, rainfall or blowing leaves.  The product features a selectable light timer offering test, one minute, five minute or 20 minute turn off options after the last movement is detected, and offers a generous one year warranty.

These are just a few of the available options in outdoor security motion sensor lighting, and all rank well in internet product reviews.  For just a few dollars and very little installation effort, you can protect your property and home not only from burglars and trespassers, but also provide on demand lighting to illuminate those tripping hazards that can end up in insurance claims.  Peace of mind has never been so readily and inexpensively available.

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.*