Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 17
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Lou260 HIGH QUALITY VERSATILE SWITCH
This review is about the Leviton Decora Auto-On Motion Sensor Model ODS10. I include the model number because Leviton manufacturers different models of sensor switches and this model is designed to handle many different types of bulbs and fixtures and is rated for both commercial and residential use. Too many home owners purchase under-rated, less expensive switches and are left puzzled as to why the switches don’t perform as expected. This switch can be used with LED fixtures up to 800W, and incandescent fixtures up to 1200VA. In addition to the above it can manage halogen bulbs, fluorescent fixtures with magnetic ballasts, and up to a 1/4 HP motor. In other words, this model should handle any electrical circuit found in the typical home, especially bath areas with large strings of lights and exhaust fans. The switch is not inexpensive but the power cost savings is well worth the investment in a quality switch. One would expect a switch of this quality to be difficult to install but just the opposite is true. The directions are clear and easy to follow and the switch comes prewired and pre-stripped so installation is reduced to simply connecting three wires. I took about 10 minutes to complete the entire installation – removing the switch plate, removing the old switch, wiring in the new switch, and replacing the switch plate. One benefit of this switch is that it can be used in either single or multiple gang boxes. Its motion detection is perfect and the detection range can be adjusted to suit all needs through the use of “blinders” accessed via the front control panel. The sensitivity can be set for daylight/ambient light so that when sufficient natural light is available the switch will not turn on. The time delay for the light to turn off when motion cannot be sensed can be set from as little as 10 minutes to as much as 30 minutes. It comes preset to 10 minutes and I found this setting to work well for me as I sometimes need to walk in and out of my work room for periods of time less than 10 minutes. The switch uses passive infrared so that as long as it senses one’s body heat it will stay on. The switch also can be manually turned on and off at any time without distributing its auto mode. I strongly recommend this switch.
August 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jrb Great energy saver!
Over the past year with Home Depots assistance, we have been converting our house over to high efficiency LED lighting. The only drawback has been that conventional motion sensing light switches, that save energy by only providing light when there is an actual person in the room, don’t work well with CFL and LED lighting. This switch is the exception! I installed it in our den area, and it performs flawlessly with the LED fixtures and bulbs there. Installation was a breeze, just be certain to hook the neutral up correctly in order for the switch to work correctly.
April 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CarterB Works perfectly. Great upgrade.
As far as upgraded light switches go, this Decora occupancy sensor is a breeze to install. It requires the typical line and load wires as well as a ground wire but does not need a neutral connection. The device has its own wires coming out of the box rather than screw terminals. You connect the switch's wires to your home wires from the junction box with typical wire nuts that you will need to supply yourself. The switch can be used in single or multiple gang boxes. The ground wire can be placed to the home wire individually or in serial connection to other grounded switches.
Its motion detection is superb and although the instructions state it can better sense motion across the face of the device it still functions perfectly moving toward and away from it. It can function both as a manual switch with button push for on/off or fully on automatic. Its timeout function can be adjusted as well as limiting being on in daylight. Uniquely there are also "blinders" to reduce the range of motion sensing. These controls can all be accessed from the control panel in the middle of the switch (pop off the cover using a slim flat head screwdriver before you install a wall plate).
All in all a great switch that makes flipping a switch seem tedious.
April 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by paulawill2 Don't realize how convient till....
Yes, I didn't realize the convenience till I installed this motion sensor switch. Lots of features for what was once a just simple "thing". Package arrived quickly, instructions are clearly written and understandable. [print could be larger] I installed mine in my laundry room in less than 20 minutes. The features are many. It can be used like any ordinary light switch off/on or as a motion switch. What I like is the light will turn on when my arms are full. the light will switch off after I leave the room OR I can switch off when I leave AND I don't have to reset it. The switch will return itself back to motion. The timer can be set to turn off at 3 different lengths of time. This switch will operate with different light levels of the room. ex; if you don't want the light to operate during the day when there's plenty of light coming in it can be set Not to come on with the Ambient dial, There's a within range and sensitivity dial so it can be set to not turn on for animals. So much to detail in this small package!
August 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sebastian A rare to find Sensor switch with variable voltage input.
Nowadays, Sensor switches are part of everyday life.
This DECORA 120/277-VOLT AC WHITE OCCUPANCY PIR SENSOR is part of that family, which means it can be used for lights or fans or motor driven equipments which use from 120 vac to 277 vac.
It is easy to install, setup and use for a Do it yourselfer.
The sensitivity can be set for daylight/ambient light.
Something different for this sensor is that it has a patented Blinder: the horizontal field of view can be adjusted from a wide 180 degrees to a narrow 60 degrees.
The time for the light to stay ON after a motion is detected can be set for 30 seconds, 10 minutes, 20 minutes or 30 minutes, whichever you prefer. As long as the sensor can detect your body heat, it will not go OFF, and it will go OFF only after you vacate, and after the set time runs out.
You can also manually turn it ON or OFF.
This is a nice and easy to use sensor switch, and I do recommend it.
February 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYinOH Best motion switch I've installed so far
Hands down, this is the best motion sensor I have installed to date. The manual push button is nice and chunky with a raised bump so you can feel for it around a corner.
I've installed it in my barn for two reasons:
1) It can handle up to 800W / 1200VA of lighting load! Let me repeat that... 800W... as in THIRTEEN light fixtures (assuming sixty watt bulb). It's powering 6 florescent overhead fixtures with no issues at all.
2) the motion sensor sensor covers 2100 square feet!! That's a HUGE number for a motion detector! My barn is 40x60 (so 2400 square feet) and it has had no issue detecting me all the way in the corner.
It has some great adjustments that are very easy to make under the cover panel.
1) Blinders can be cranked up or down on both sides to change the angle it can see.
2) Ambient light sensor can be dialed up or down to control when it turns on and when it let's daylight do it's thing. Adjusting that is real easy, turn it all the way down... then slowly turn it up until the lights come on... that's the current daylight level. Then you just bump it up or down accordingly, or re-do it later in the day when there's less daylight.
3) The time the lights stay on is adjustable from 10m to 30m by just rotating a dial.
Install was easy, black to hot, blue to load, green to ground... DONE.
As the motion detectors inside the house fail, or more are needed, I'm going to use these instead - they're a winner.
August 4, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mark Great Energy Saver
This switch works great and is highly customizable. It's not cheap, but will save money over the long haul because you'll never leave the lights on again for days as we sometime would in our basement. I've changed over to almost all cfl's and this switch works perfect with them. You can adjust how long the lights stay on after sensing no motion, we chose 10 minutes; and you can set how wide the field of 'vision' is so only someone coming in the door will affect it and not some bush moving in the wind outside a window (for example). Highly recommended.
June 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ColdMontana Well designed sensor with many options
Leviton makes a number of different motion sensor light switches for different applications. So many in fact, that it is wise to get at list of the various models to determine which is best for your purpose. This particular sensor has the following on/off features:
1) Auto-on with motion or manual-on push button switch.
2) Auto-off after a pre-selected time of no motion or manual-off push button switch (time options are 10, 20 or 30 minutes).
3) Manual off will remain off regardless of motion for the same pre-selected time that it remains on after no motion is detected. This feature is nice if you want the lights off in a room that is occupied. For example when showing a video.
4) Option of manual-on only (regardless of motion) with automatic off when no motion is detected.
Besides these options, there are several adjustments that can be made for motion detection. One is sensitivity, which increases or reduces the range or distance where motion is detected, and the others are small internal blinders that will shield the detector from detection motion from either the right or the left (or both). Sort of like holding your hands to the side of your eyes to keep from seeing to the edge.
The last feature is the ability to detect ambient light in the room (like a window) and NOT turn on if the light level is already sufficient. This feature is also adjustable.
This model works with up to 800 watt LED or incandescent lighting, or fluorescent lights up to 1200 VA, and small motor loads up to 1/4 HP. Other models have different ratings.
In my case I installed the sensor in a laundry room that gets a lot of in-and-out traffic throughout the day. Sometimes there is someone in the room for 10 or 15 minutes and sometimes only for a minute. Rarely did the lights ever get turned off through the course of the day, with the user probably thinking that they would be returning shortly (but of course not doing so). This sensor fit the situation perfectly, since it replaced an existing switch, which was wired by being fed from the fixture, so there was no neutral wire. This switch does not require a neutral for operation (some do, depending on the model), but it does need a ground for proper operation. I have it adjusted to turn on automatically with medium sensitivity and turn off automatically after 10 minutes of no activity.
So far the sensor has been working well, probably reducing the “on” time of the lights by 50 percent. There are a couple of minor glitches, but I would not call them problems, since I have no doubt that they will disappear shortly. First, the normal users of the room instinctively reach for the toggle switch in the dark and swipe their hand up the wall. Of course there is no toggle there any more, but I am hoping that they get used to the new sensor before damaging it by slapping it too hard. Second, I have noticed a few times that the lights go on when there is no one entering the room. I suspect that the sensor is detecting heat from the washer or dryer as motion and turning on. I am sure that a slight adjustment to either the blinders or the range control will eliminate this issue. Third, the body of the sensor is physically large. Much larger than the old toggle switch, and with my existing electrical box, it was a bit of a challenge to fit it in with all of the existing wiring. I did manage to do this without cramming or jamming anything too much, but it may be an issue for some older type electrical boxes. The solution would be to replace the box with a new larger one (sometimes a major undertaking) or use a surface extension like those made by Wiremold.
In summary, I am satisfied with this sensor and it’s operation and may install them in other locations in the house. I would strongly suggest checking visiting the Leviton website to determine what model would best suit your needs before purchasing.
June 29, 2016