motion control light bulbs


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Old 06-26-20, 06:11 AM
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motion control light bulbs

So the Mrs.'s has a habit of leaving the closet light on. Can't use a motion control switch due to the fact that the switch is located on the outside of closet and it gets heavy traffic. She and I don't want bare bulb hanging from the ceiling. Do you think the sensor in those self contained motion control bulbs will operate within a globe of this type?
Also how long will the light stay on once activated?
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Old 06-26-20, 07:26 AM
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Hi, some say they won’t work in enclosed fixtures, best bet would be to go to one of the Big Box stores and get one and see how it works, if it doesn’t, return it.
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Old 06-26-20, 07:49 AM
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Yes, except I'm having trouble finding any in stock. Checked Lowes and local home improvement store. Need to check HD but it seems they don't have any on shelf. Maybe Walmart.

I'm also finding out that any lighting above 6 lux they won't light at all. Our closet is a walk-in with no door. But ambient light is not enough.

I may have to go to a timer switch, but she insist she does not leave the light on and she will resent and most likely over ride the timer install.
 
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Old 06-26-20, 11:30 AM
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I put motion lights in my refurb house closets, then took them out... it may have been the location in the ceiling and interference with clothing that didn't work well. I know someone that sticks the battery-op motion lights in their closet door and works for them. I had my switches still installed so I went back to flipping the lights on/off.
 
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Old 06-27-20, 09:51 AM
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Maybe consider a timer switch. I use these all the time for bathroom fans.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Defiant-...0469/206264395

A motion sensor bulb would probably work fine without the globe, but with the globe, I doubt it will work.

If you want a bigger project, the switch could possibly be moved to the inside of the closet, and a motion switch could be installed.
 
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Old 06-28-20, 04:51 AM
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I have a timer switch I could use. But Like I said I think she will use the override and keep it on.
 
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Old 06-28-20, 05:06 PM
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Another solution is to use a 40 watt equivalent led bulb that would consume about 5 watts of power.
Not sure what your rates are but at 10 cents/kw/h that bulb would cost 10 cents for it to be on continuously for 200 hours or 8.3 days or 36 cents/month.
It might be worth that amount of money to not drive each other crazy!
 
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You could use the timer but some disable the override function, or as GregH said use an LED lamp. I dislike them but for incandescent and Compact Fluorescent Lamp replacement they are fine but every thing else GO AWAY LED!
 
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Old 06-28-20, 06:29 PM
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How about this: https://www.amazon.com/Woods-59008-6...&tag=bgr0a0-20 Looks like there is no override.
 
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Yes to that and get the 30 minute one also make sure you have a neutral available in the box
 
 

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