I love it when I get to review a new-to-me product! Today I’m going to show you how to save money by lowering your electric bill AND how to decrease the amount of time spent nagging your family members. That’s right. A decrease in fussing at your kids with an increase in extra moolah for future DIY projects! We will also solve the age-old problem of pesky lights that require someone to actually turn them on and off. What a pain. Ain’t nobody got time for that *wink*.
So what is this magical device of which I speak? It is called a Maestro Occupancy Sensor Switch by Lutron. You install the sensor switch and it automatically senses when you are in the room and turns the lights on for you. This is great in the laundry room or garage when your hands are full! If you forget to turn it off, it will sense when no one is in the room and turn off by itself. It won’t turn on automatically if there is enough daylight already in the room, so you’ll have to turn it on manually if you want it on. But it WILL turn itself off—so if your kids forget to turn off the lights in the bedroom, playroom, or bathroom Maestro has you covered.
I asked Matt which room he thought most needed a little help from the Lutron Maestro switch. I thought the boys’ bedroom, their closet, and their bathroom would all be ideal choices. He said, “Well, OUR bedroom, our closet, and our bathroom rank pretty high on the list as well!” Oops. Busted. I am guilty of running downstairs quickly for something with the intention of returning and then I get distracted and the lights stay on. I decided to install the switch in our master bedroom closet.
The single pole Occupancy Switch was very easy to install. I created the one minute video below showing how easy it is to install. Take a look!
How to Install a Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensor Switch
The only supplies I needed to install my switch were the Occupancy Sensor Switch (which include the wire nuts and switch plate screws), the directions, a screwdriver, and some pliers. My switches work on single pole switches which means that the light source is only controlled by one switch.
Step 1: TURN OFF YOUR POWER from the main source before you begin and double check to make sure there is no voltage coming into the switch you are working on. Confession: I sometimes just shut off the power to my entire house when doing anything electrical because I’m freaked out by the possibility of shocking myself.
Step 2: Unscrew the switch-plate and the switch from the wall.
Step 3: Examine how your current switch is wired. Many times the screws and wires will be different colors but my wires were all the same color.
The green screw is the ground wire. The switch will not work if the ground wire is not properly attached.
Step 3: Feel free to call Lutron if you have any questions on which wires need to be attached. I followed the current wiring of my switch to attach the Lutron Maestro switch.
Step 4: Attach your ground wires first. Bundle the wires and screw on a wire nut making sure that all of the wires are secure.
Step 5: Attach the other two wires.
Step 6: Replace the wires back into the wall.
Step 7: Secure the switch to the wall with the included screws.
Step 8: Snap on the switch plate cover and you are done!
So now instead of yelling, “Who left the lights on?” which in my master closet is usually ME…
I can rest easy knowing that Maestro will turn the lights off for me!
Do you want to try the Lutron Maestro for yourself? I am giving away 5 single pole light switches to one lucky reader. Follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. You can visit ChooseLutron.com to learn more about all of the products they offer. I think you’ll love the hands-free options!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
If you don’t win the giveaway, here’s a coupon code for you!
Offer: 25% off Maestro occupancy/vacancy sensor dimmers and switches on LutronStore.com PLUS one free Claro single-gang wallplate ($4.90 suggested list price) with each qualifying item.
Promo Code: wholeftthelightson
Code expiration date: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Lutron. I was given the product to try in my home. All opinions and thoughts are always my own.