5 Stars By C. Solomon on 2016-03-27
Great Auto Light Switch with Manual Override
APPLICATION: Home Theater Hallway Entrance Automatic Occupancy Switch with Manual Override
USE CASE: Automatically turns on the lights when entering the room allowing enough time to get settled before turning the lights off (I set it to 1min duration). I applied white electrical tape over a portion of the sensor so that it does not turn on the lights when passing this hallway without entering the room.
WHY THIS TYPE OF SWITCH: I selected this specific switch because I can quickly turn off the switch when getting up to leave the room so that I don't disturb others who are adjusted to the dim lighting. This switch will permanently stay off until its manually switched back into auto mode. Similarly, if I am entertaining without watching a movie I can set it to keep the lights on, even when no motion is sensed in the hallway.
THE GOOD: Works great with any kind of lighting (CFL, LED, Incandescent). The Leviton PR150-1LW Motion Sensing Light Switch that this was modeled after will cause many LED lights to flicker in the automatic setting mode, so I am replacing all of these in my house with the TOPGREENER version. I could not find any name brand (Leviton or Luxtron) switches with manual override control that also work with any lighting.
THE BAD: The industrial design is a little bulky ugly. The passive IR sensor protrudes from the wall giving it good 180deg visibility, but it doesn't look as modern and nice as the Lutron Maestro MS-OPS Motion Sensing Lightswitches that I use for high traffic areas or locations where I want reliable automatic control without any manual override. I am not familiar with the TOPGREENER brand. However the quality seems good.
NOTE: I am trying to go paper free and eliminate all printed manuals. TOPGREENER does not appear to post any PDF manuals on their website, so I am going to attach scanned copies of their paper manual with this review. I am uploading PNG files as AlumiGogo does not allow me to attach a PDF.
5 Stars By The Green Dasher on 2017-12-16
I have this switch installed in a small (12' x 10') laundry room in the basement, controlling the overhead LED room light. It's working like a charm out of the box. I was worried that it would detect the clothes moving in the dryer about 8 feet directly in front of the sensor, but it's not been a problem. It's such a convenience to be able to walk into the room with a big basket of laundry and have the light go on, and also to have it stay on long enough to walk back up the stairs. So far, it's been very reliable. The only thing to watch out for is that this unit is likely much larger than the existing switch, and it can be a tight fit if there are a lot of wires in your switch box, especially because the wiring is done via wire nuts rather than direct screw terminals.
3 Stars By sharpie on 2017-12-06
2 years, then broken
I purchased one of these in January 2016 and keep it in a garage (it gets daily and frequent use). It's been just shy of 2 years now and it doesn't reliably work. Regardless of how I modulate the sensitivity, the light is always on, even when the switch is set to AUTO. Other than a cheap competitor, I'm not aware of any other motion detecting light switch that also has an "always on" feature which is incredibly handy when I may be far from the switch's sensor but needing the light to stay on.
5 Stars By Ben woodworker on 2017-03-03
Works for me.
I had purchased a 2 pack. One I put in the laundry room where it works great. I had tried to instal the other one where no switch existed, high in a wall above a stairway. Unfortunately, the unit couldn't "see" from that hight, especially the bottom of the stairs, so I had to use an outside style sensor. I would like to get special 3 way switch sensors to go into the 3 way switches on my stairs, but in my 70 year old house I have neither a neutral wire nor a ground wire at those switches.
5 Stars By Lenny on 2017-07-03
Had to replace my old one cause it wouldn't work ...
Had to replace my old one cause it wouldn't work properly in the "auto" setting with my new LED garage lighting. The old one just flickered. Installed this one and the only difference is this one has a neutral connection, so make sure a neutral is available in the wall.
Works perfectly, adjusted the timer so it would stay on longer since I work in the garage and don't need it getting dark too soon.
2 Stars By Kent on 2017-10-25
I bought this for track lighting that has 6 LED ...
I bought this for track lighting that has 6 LED GU-10 spot lights. I replaced LED spot light bulbs with new brighter ones. I bought this unit specifically to replace a dimmable sensor because the bulbs I bought were non dimmable and the earlier ones were. I've configured the wiring every possible way but on the auto setting the light just blink in a random pattern! I tried the old sensor and it works on auto but the lights blink when it turns off! If you have LED spot lights, this will not work for you.
4 Stars By amznshpr on 2017-12-26
Works great, but wish there was a push button to ...
Works great, but wish there was a push button to turn off the light. There is a timer to shut it off after the last motion is detected but just to save a bit more energy; also if it turns on before I turn the room light on, it will stay on until it doesn't detect motion, although the ambient light detector works otherwise.
2 Stars By Robert D. Limoges on 2017-09-11
Won't turn off
I didn't have the switch installed until after the return date (my fault), but the switch has a quirk I can't figure out. Even with the settings set per instructions, on auto feature, lights go on with motion sensor but at night won't go off. Doing day or even dusk, they shut off after the desired set time.
5 Stars By Daniel S on 2017-03-16
Works great for my garage!
wish you could adjust the time the light stayed on, but the PIR is pretty accurate so it doesn't take alot of movement to keep the light on as much as needed. Line of sight however of course matters!
About 30 seconds of light without movement otherwise.
5 Stars By BruceP on 2017-04-12
Great motion sensor switch!
Switch works great. We used these to replace switches damaged by a power surge. You need to have a neutral, but TopGreener also makes a motion sensor switch that works WITHOUT a neutral, so we'll be installing those, too. I like the fact that the switch has a visible off-auto-on mode.