Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 14
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 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 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
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Roger Perfect for attic
We decided to use the Occupancy PIR Sensor for our attic as I keep forgetting to turn off the light in the attic when done. It has a 30-second timeout setting which works perfectly for me. The sensor is very effective in it's current location and more than makes up for my forgetfulness. We will be getting another one for our laundry area too as it works great.
May 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sacherjj Works well, even with LED lighting
Some sensors we have used cause issues with CFL or LED lights, but this switch handles it fine. It is also nice to have use at both 120 and 277 (and I believe 208) voltage capability. 120 is what you would use in a residential scenario, but 208 or 277 are common voltages for a commercial situation where high voltage 1 and 3-phase setups are common.
The switch detects motion well and can be set to not enable lighting if enough light is detected. This is useful in a location where sunlight is enough to light the area.
Wiring comes out of the unit, so you will use wire nuts instead of connecting the copper wire to terminals on the device. This takes a little more room in the box, so account for this. Over all, I'm happy with the function of this device.
April 30, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Nealzo did not work
Obviously I got a defective one, but it had no directions inside, which makes me thin it had already been returned. The Home Depot should be more careful about putting items back on the shelf after they've been returned. I knew it was wired correctly, but it didn't work. I returned it and bout a different brand (Lutron), which worked fine.
May 8, 2016