will lutron motion sensor switch work fine in garage?


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Old 08-31-21, 02:35 PM
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will lutron motion sensor switch work fine in garage?

I recently installed a Lutron Motion Sensor light switch in my laundry room and like the way it works. Now, I'm thinking about installing one in my 2-car garage. The garage is a much larger space than the laundry room. The original toggle switch that would be replaced is about 4' above floor level. In contrast to my laundry room, which has no ambient light sources, the garage has the two single garage doors, which both have garage door openers with lights that come on when the doors are opened or closed; I believe both stay on for 5 minutes. And, of course, sunlight flows into the garage during daylight hours when the garage doors are open. Just wondering whether the Lutron Motion Sensor will work without issues in this scenario.
 

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Old 08-31-21, 04:28 PM
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I have trouble with all IR motion sensors in my garage during summer. I'm in NC and the garage during summer is hot and close to human body temperature. IR motion sensors are quite hit or miss since they can't reliably sense the difference in temperature. They work well during the other three seasons but summer is problematic and we have to use old fashioned switches.
 
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Old 08-31-21, 06:14 PM
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Thanks. I was wondering about that. I had read something about that on a website. Still, I asked an associate in Lowe's about it and he said this would not be an issue. But, I don't believe he was very knowledgeable about these switches.

I think I'll stick with the old toggle switch for now. I'm thinking about replacing my basic metal garage doors with insulated doors. That should reduce temperature variation in the garage. If I do that, then I might re-visit the switch upgrade. .
 
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Old 08-31-21, 07:10 PM
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I have one in my garage with no problems.
I have it ignoring the light sensor so that the lights come on day or night.

Remember.... to be effective you need to walk across a motion sensor..... not towards or away from it.
You may need two in a two car car garage. They can be run in parallel.
 
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The switch I was considering is a single pole switch. Can this type of switch be run in parallel?
 
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Old 08-31-21, 07:21 PM
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A basic motion sensor is only two wires. It MUST have a ground connection.
You can parallel two together.
 
 

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