Installing vacancy / occupancy sensors can create several benefits in a household, and Lutron® offers several variations to fit those needs. Plus, just like the standard Maestro product line, there’s the option for on / off switches, or fade to on / off with a dimmer model.
SEE ALSO: How-to Install Lutron Switches
Occupancy and Vacancy Sensor Benefits
- Hands-free light control. Great for bathrooms to provide a more sanitary environment.
- Helpful for small areas: laundry rooms, closets, and utility rooms; where you may be pre-occupied or have your hands full.
- Energy savings. No more remembering to turn off lights or leaving lights on.
Note: I was pleasantly surprised and pleased how accurate the sensors are. No false readings from air ducts (unless directly near), washer and dryer vibrations, or breezes; which was an initial concern.
Wireless Occupancy Sensors
The Lutron Wireless Occupancy Sensors provide options when a hard-wired sensor doesn’t allow an easy installation.
- Closet main switch is in the bathroom, bedroom, etc. Purchase the accompanying Electronic Switch MRF2-8ANS-120; then place a remote sensor inside the closet.
- Multiple rooms are controlled by a single light switch. Add the Electronic Switch MRF2-8ANS-120; then appropriate remote occupancy sensors in each room.
Lutron provides two 3M Command Strips for temporary mock-up sensor placement. If wanting to sample with more locations; additional strips can be purchased at most local retail stores: hardware, grocery, CVS, Walgreens, etc. Painters tape can also be used to hold the sensor in place for mock-up purposes.