Occupancy Sensors

Leviton’s line of occupancy sensors and vacancy sensors remains a popular choice in residential and commercial building applications. They are well known for their capabilities in providing automated on and off switching of lighting sources, as well as controlling motor loads. When used on a regular basis, these devices can yield significant benefits, including convenience with lighting configurations, savings over time in energy usage and costs, and a greater amount of safety.

The plus side of using Leviton occupancy sensors is that they are competitively priced, easy to install in many typical applications, and simple to configure. Leviton’s occupancy sensors and vacancy sensors—whether mounted on ceilings, installed as wall switches, or configured elsewhere—are built for controlling motor loads as well as bulbs like Incandescents, CFLs, LEDs, Halogens, and Fluorescents. The product support team at OneStopBuy.com is always available during business hours Monday through Friday to provide guidance in your selection of sensors based on bulb types and other important considerations.

Three Types of Sensor: Occupancy, Vacancy, and Dimming
Occupancy Sensors, which are often also called motion sensors, turn lights on whenever a room or area is occupied and shut off automatically after a space has been unoccupied for long enough. Since their main function is switching lights on and off in an automated and hands-free fashion, they are an incredible asset for everyday situations in which reaching for switches or stumbling around in a dark area can be inconvenient. This makes Leviton occupancy detectors a smart choice for applications like pantries and storage areas, closets, basements, laundry rooms, garages, and so on. They are also typically used in offices, conference rooms, copy rooms, warehouses, and similar types of commercial or business environments.


The function of Vacancy Sensors is different in that they only turn lights off but not on. Lights controlled by a vacancy sensor are automatically shut off whenever areas have been free of activity for a significant enough amount of time. Because of this, vacancy sensors work quite well in areas with regularly high volumes of people, like commercial bathrooms and hallways.


Both Vacancy Sensors and Occupancy Sensors are also available in models that have the added feature of dimming control technology. In residential settings like the living room, family room, and dining room, having the ability to dim lights alongside occupancy or vacancy sensing is a great option for setting the right ambience for every occasion.


Choosing the Right Device with OneStopBuy.com
When selecting any sensing device, one of the most important considerations to take into account is the application’s characteristics, like the square footage needing sensor coverage, whether objects exist that could obstruct devices’ views, and whether typical activities in the area involve major or minor motion.


If all you need to do is replace an existing wall switch, the most basic option available from Leviton is a wall switch sensor. This allows the user to both take advantage of occupancy sensing technology and manually turn lights on and off at any time. It’s common for these to be utilized in areas like residential living rooms, basements, hallways, and any other rooms in a household that are frequently used.


For areas that need more comprehensive coverage, OneStopBuy.com offers ceiling mount, fixture mount, and wall mount devices that can see over and beyond objects that might block a simple wall switch, like larger furniture or indoor plants.