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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.
    • ID+C EA: Optimize Energy Performance
  • Daylight Controls: Must switch or dim electric lights in response to daylight illumination in the space.
    • ID+C EA: Optimize Energy Performance