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Occupant Sensor


Occupant controls use sensors to determine when there are people in a given space. The lights turn on when motion or heat is detected in the space and they turn off based on a set amount of time in the absence of heat or motion.


O+M Tips

  • Controls need to be commissioned on an ongoing basis to ensure proper function.
  • Calibrate sensors according to manufacturer's recommendations.

End of Life Tips

  • Usually reused by future occupants.

For alignment with LEED Standards

  • Lighting Controls: Install occupancy sensors for 75% of the connected lighting load.
  • Light Pollution Reduction: All nonemergency interior lighting fixtures must be automatically controlled and programmed to turn off or have their input power reduced by at least 50% following regular business hours. Controls may be automatic sweep timers, occupancy sensors, or programmed master lighting control panels. Manual or occupancy-based override capabilities that enable lights to be turned on for after-hours use should be included in the design.