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Old 08-09-2012, 04:57 PM   #1
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Occupancy Sensor Help

Im looking to install an Occupany Sensor in the garage on the main fluorescent light above. the Cooper brand sensors (from what ive read) dont work too well with fluorescent light fixtures.

ive read Leviton should work well with them possibly through their commercial line. probelm is they have well over 50 products to choose from and i dont know what specs i should be looking for.

Ive also read that you need to know if your fluorescent fixture has magnetic or electronic ballasts. if true, how can i tell by looking at the fixture which one i have?

Leviton Switches: http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/Secti...emsPerPage=All

thanks for any and all help anyone can provide


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Old 08-09-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
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the ballast should say right on it if it's electronic or magnetic. If the fixtures fairly new it'll likely be electronic. The levitron switches are decent, lutron makes a better one but your looking at more money for it. I've done tons of occupancy sensors in office buildings, as long as you get the right switch to marry to your ballast you should have no problem at all.


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I've had no problems with 'Sensor Switch' Cat # WSD(IR Only) or WSD-PDT (Ultrasonic/IR)

They do require a ground connection.
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I just installed some Lutron occupancy sensors in my house....very happy with how they work.

Model MS-OPS2-WH (the WH means White).

They work for basically all lights....one of them is controlling some CFL's...the other an LED light.
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