Now available at a third the price they were a year ago, light-activating switches have finally hit the mainstream.
I remember when my three-story hallway was wired with occupancy sensors a few years ago. Each of the three 360-degree ceiling mounted sensors cost almost $75.00, plus the labor to install them.
Finally, the sensor game is changing. Thanks to a flood of foreign imports, and more competition, you can now buy the same sensor for about $20.00. Better yet. the wall-mounted light switch infrared sensors that used to be reserved for 600,000 dollar luxury homes can now be found for about $11.00 on Amazon. And they drop right into the same outlet box as your existing manual switch.
In fact, I just ordered my first one, the SenskyÂ® BS033C 110v Motion Sensor Light Switch.
I'm happy to say it arrived in two days, including simple instructions. I pulled out my old light switch and installed this new one in under 5 minutes. The only you will need are three plastic wire nuts and a screwdriver. Sure the little dial that picks the time delay for the lights to stay on is a little crude, but that's a minor detail, compared to paying $20 to $30 for an equivalent occupancy sensor from a big brand name. The race to make the Internet of Things affordable is on.
The light sensor, to me, is a no-brainer. Not only will it pay for itself in the first year of use, it leaves my hands free when I'm fumbling for keys, or taking off my winter gear, as I am at this time of year. Cool product, at an even cooler price.