Motion Light Switch

A motion light switch is an extremely economical way to conserve energy in your home. Typically as you enter a room the lights will turn themselves on and when you no longer need them and leave the room, they automatically switch off within a specified period of time. The motion sensor, in most cases, is built into the plate of the light switch and as soon as the motion detector senses movement, the lights come on. You even have the ability to use these gadgets within their motion sensors or just as a regular light switch.

On average a motion light switch will only use about a watt of energy while it is in standby mode. This can typically be for up to 23 hours a day. For the remaining time when the switch is actually in use (the lights are turned on), it will use approximately 5 watts of energy. The monthly use of one of these light switches is equivalent to leaving a single 60 watt light bulb on for approximately a day and a half. So you should find that the savings on your electricity bill will be substantial.

It is recommended that you don’t use a motion light switch in any room of the house that can be called a “high traffic” area, for example – the kitchen. If you were to install one in such a room, the switch would unfortunately rarely turn off if you are regularly active in that room. There is usually a period of time before the lights switch off, which can be anywhere from 10 minutes to half an hour. The tiny about of energy you may save by the lights occasionally switching themselves off would not translate to that much of a saving on your energy bills.

A motion light switch would be far more suited to a room or rooms in the house that have very irregular or little traffic. These types of room are where you are more likely to accidentally leave the lights on and forget about them. These could be closets, guest rooms, bathrooms, utility closets and storage rooms. This type of light switch is especially useful if you have multiple lights in the room. A great example is if you have 3 or 4 lights in a guest bedroom and these accidentally get left on all day long. The savings in energy use would be fairly substantial here and would therefore end up saving you a fair bit of money.

One of the most effective rooms within which to install a motion light switch would probably be the bathroom. A bathroom is typically used when the family is in a rush first thing in the morning or if a few family members wish to use the facilities after work or school in the evening. Often this will mean that several bulbs are continuously burning energy for long periods of time. However with the use of a motion switch you will end up saving vast amounts of energy and indeed money.

In order to install a motion light switch you must first turn the power off and identify the circuit to the light switch that must be replaced. You should then remove the wall plate from the existing switch that you are looking to replace, and then use a circuit tester to test the wires. This is an important step as you need to make sure that there is no power flowing through the wires that must be removed. Your old switch should have 3 wires connecting it at the back. These will be black, white and a bare ground wire. Once the old switch has been removed, you should strip the plastic off the black and white wires with wire strippers. These two wires then need to be wrapped around the corresponding connections at the back of your new Motion Light Switch. You then simply need to tuck the wires back into the box and secure the switch before finally customizing your controls and settings.

You can purchase a motion light switch from any reputable hardware store or home centre. They can easily replace conventional light switches and are probably nowhere near as expensive as you may have assumed. In actual fact you can find some great models for as little as $10-$20. In addition to this, you can also connect a motion light to a switch that has a 2 way, or even 3 way, light switch.

This Motion Light Switch Review is Written/Updated on Dec 17th, 2010 and filed under Home Improvement. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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