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Occupancy & Vacancy Sensors: A Short Summary

Occupancy & Vacancy Sensors: A Short Summary

Published on January 19, 2016

Last updated on October 19, 2021 3:49 pm


Occupancy Sensors automatically turn lights ON when motion is detected and automatically turn lights OFF when the space is vacant and motion is not detected for 15 minutes (timer selections generally vary from 15 min., 30 min. or 45 mins).

Vacancy Sensors require that lights be manually turned ON but the lights will automatically turn OFF when the room is vacant and motion is not detected for 15 or more minutes. 

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