How to install a motion sensor light switch (DIY). Installing an occupancy motion sensor light switch is something I never thought I would do. I know nothing about electrical projects and honestly, it’s not something you want to mess with unless you are a professional.
Installing a light sensor switch is really easy and doesn’t require an electrician. When Lutron contacted me to see if I would be interested in installing their occupancy sensor light switch in our home I thought, this is the perfect opportunity to try something new and possibly save on our electrical bill.
Living with four generations under one roof, the lights get left on all the time and we never know who did it. We have had these switches installed for two weeks now in two of our bathrooms and we LOVE them. So much so that my dad wants more of them for the rest of the house.
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How to install a motion sensor light
My brother and I installed the Lutron Occupancy Switch together in one of our bathrooms and I created a video of the installation.
For me, I am a visual learner and I think seeing the wires and how we installed the switch will help you if you are a bit intimidated by this project.
Like I said earlier, I have never done any type of electrical work so this project was intimidating at first. I don’t know what I was so intimidated about, it was super easy and very fast.
How to install a Lutron occupancy sensor light switch video
Lutron provides detailed installation instructions as well in the packaging. Below is quick tutorial on how we installed the sensor.
Motion Sensor Light Switch Directions
Step 1: Shut off the electrical breaker at the electrical panel.
Step 2: Remove your existing light switch plate cover and pull out the existing switch from the wall.
Step 3: Remove the existing switch by unscrewing 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 (as shown in directions and above video) and connect 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 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: 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 to complete the project.
Lutron Motion Sensor Light Switch Diagram
You can find technical information and the motion sensor diagrams on the Lutron Motion Sensor section website.
The install directions with the switch provide detailed instructions on how to set and adjust the motion timer/sensitivity levels.
The sensor offers a very modern and stylish look which is appealing to the eye.
Can you adjust a motion sensor light switch?
I chose to have the light come on at the high setting (high sensitivity) and shut off after one minute of no motion.
Can I just tell you, installing this occupancy & vacancy motion sensor light switch by Lutron was SO simple and really has made a difference in the lights being left on.
Disclaimer: We are not responsible for the outcome of your installation including but not limited to zapping yourself. Shut the breaker off! Thank you Lutron for sponsoring this post. All opinions and words are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links.