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Today, I’ll be discussing the installation process for a motion sensor light switch that can greatly benefit various areas of your home. As someone who had never ventured into electrical projects before, I initially had reservations about installing an occupancy motion sensor light.
Installing a motion sensor light switch is a breeze and doesn’t require an electrician and yes, you can add a motion sensor to an existing light! With the assistance of my brother, we quickly installed the new motion sensor light switch.
Motion Sensing Light Switch
We installed the Lutron Motion Sensor in one of our bathrooms which has been a huge help in keeping the lights off when not in use.
What is a motion sensing light switch?
1. Motion-sensing light switches detect movement within a designated area and automatically turn on the lights when someone enters the room.
2. They can be set to time out after a certain period of inactivity, allowing lights to shut off even if no one is there to manually switch them off.
3. These switches are an energy-efficient, cost-saving solution for both residential and commercial spaces as they help reduce unnecessary electricity consumption when an area is not in use.
As a visual learner, I believe that seeing the wires and understanding the switch installation process will greatly assist anyone who feels daunted by this project.
Although I initially found this project intimidating due to my lack of experience in electrical work, in reality, there was no need to worry. It turned out to be remarkably simple and surprisingly quick.
Motion Sensor Light Switch Directions
Step 1: Turn off power at the electrical panel
Shut off the main breaker in the electrical panel. Locate the panel and open it to reveal the breakers. Flip the main breaker switch to “off” position to disconnect power from the home.
Step 2: Remove your existing light switch
Remove the light switch cover plate from the wall and pull out the existing wires and switch.
Step 3: Remove the existing switch
Unscrew the two screws holding the wires in place. Depending on what type of existing switch you have, this may be different.
Step 4: Find your ground wire inside the wall
Step 5: Tie the silver and green wire together on the back of the Lutron Occupancy Sensor
Note in video how we tied the wires together and connected to the existing ground wire in your wall.
Use the yellow nut cap supplied with the sensor to fasten all the wires together.
Screw the yellow cap until it is tight (as shown in video).
Step 6: Connect the wires
Connect the two black wires on the back of the sensor to the two wires from your wall. Use the yellow nut caps to fasten the wires together. The same as in step 5.
Step 7: Tuck Wires Back In Hole
Once all the wires are connected, tuck the wires into the wall hole as neatly as possible. Fasten the sensor to the wall with the screws provided.
Step 8: Add the matching Lutron plate switch cover
The install directions with the motion sensor light provide detailed instructions on how to set and adjust the motion timer/sensitivity levels.
The motion sensor light offers a very modern and stylish look which is appealing to the eye.
Here is the latest Lutron motion switch ranked by google and Amazon as one of the best motion light switches.
I chose to have the bathroom light come on at the high setting (high sensitivity) and shut off after one minute of no motion. If you are loving the idea of a motion sensor switch indoors, be sure to check out the outdoor motion sensor light options as well. It’s so nice having the lights automatically come on and shut off!
Disclaimer: We are not responsible for the outcome of your installation including but not limited to zapping yourself. Shut the breaker off! Consult an electrician if you are unsure.
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