The Lutron Maestro occupancy sensor switch fills a real need in many homes.
There are a few places in every house where you really want a light to come on when you enter and turn off when you leave without having to reach for a switch. Maybe your hands are often full when you arrive in the pantry or garage, maybe your walk-in closet is so vast you need extra illumination to find your Jimmy Choos.
If you have mobility issues, an occupancy sensor light switch makes even more sense since reaching for a switch can be a challenge.
We decided to replace the wall switch in the garage with a Lutron Maestro switch currently $29.48 ($63.47 for a 3 pack) on Amazon. It’s pricey for a wall switch, but is worth it to us.
By the way, the switch is available in an actually insane variety of colors. Look for yourself, it’s true.
Features We Like
We have an overhead fluorescent fixture we converted to LED lights in our two car garage. Some years ago, we replaced a large window in the garage with glass block because the window seals were “blown” and we like the additional security of a translucent “window” that is mortared in place. We did lose some ambient light in the garage by doing so, however.
The motion detection capabilities of the switch works perfectly. We’ve experienced sensors that require a LOT of motion before they “fire”, this switch is not one of them. If there is something in the room, including your dog or cat, it will detect the motion and turn on the light.
The Maestro switch is light sensitive, so it will optionally NOT illuminate the ceiling light during the daylight hours automatically. There is a switch to manually turn the light on if we wish to override the occupancy sensor and the daylight sensor.
The daylight sensor is actually a “learning mode” setting. If you enter the room and the switch “thinks” there is enough ambient light already, it won’t turn on the light. If you disagree and would like the light on anyway, simply hit the “regular” light switch and the daylight sensor will learn you’d prefer the light be switched on if you enter the room at that ambient light level. If you believe it is turning the light on with too much light in the room, hit the switch and it will learn you don’t need it.
It’s cool and easy to set once and forget.
Optional Vacancy Mode
A neat feature of the switch is the ability to change the functionality to “vacancy mode” whereby the switch will only turn the lights OFF when no occupancy is detected.
Let’s assume you have a child that is really good about turning on the lights, but is much less sensitive to turning OFF the lights. BOOM, problems solved. Once he or she vacates the room, the light will go off after whatever period of time you select.
It’s as easy to install this switch as any light switch, anybody can handle it.
If you have a need or “want” for a motion sensitive light switch, this one is close to perfect. It doesn’t even look bad.