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Easy Does it With a Motion Sensor Light Switch

It’s no fun fumbling around for a light switch in a dark house. Equally inconvenient is walking into the laundry room with an armload of clothes and not having a free hand to reach the light switch. And then there’s the age-old problem of simply forgetting to turn off the lights when leaving a space. Installing a motion sensor light switch is the easy and economical solution to these problems.

If installing one of these switches is on your fall to-do list, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Hardwired sensors can replace any single-pole wall switch.
  • They are compatible with most light bulb types.
  • Occupancy light switches automatically turn on/off when a person enters/exits the room. Vacancy light switches must be turned on manually, but shut off automatically when the room is unoccupied.
  • Some models have settings for sensing fine movements and daylight. Some are compatible with smart technology.

Motion sensor switches are widely available in home improvement stores. Expect to pay $10 to $30 each, depending on the customizable features you want.