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Living With Our Occupancy Sensor Switch (and a Giveaway!)

Living with a Lutron occupancy-sensing switch

A few weeks ago, I installed an occupancy-sensing switch in our bathroom. It was trivially easy and super helpful. And they're reasonably priced (only about $20), so I'd really recommend people try one out. Today I wanted to check in and let you know what I think about having one in the house, and why I think they're great. But don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of the post to learn how you can enter to win five Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensing switches of your own! 

So, you may not know this, but the world of switches (and outlets, for that matter) has progressed a lot in the last few decades. Now there are specialized switches for all sorts of things (occupancy/vacancy sensing, timers, dimmers, remote controlled, you name it). Power outlets can now come with USB charges, built-in tamper resistance, and even rotating receptors. 

We installed Lutron Maestro dimmer switches all throughout the house last year, and I have to say – hands down – it's the biggest bang-for-your-buck upgrade we made. Nicer switches definitely cost more (about 10 times more than the standard toggles), but since you probably don't have that many in your house, the total doesn't add up to a huge number. And the payoff is worth it. Our dimmer switches add a touch of luxury to every room (weird, I know, but it just feels fancy to be able to set the light to any level). 

Anyway, occupancy sensing switches have an even better justification: they can help save on your electrical bill. I love that I don't really have to worry about our kids turning off the light in the bathroom anymore; I know it'll just go off by itself after a little while. 

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And the convenience factor of having a sensing switch in the bathroom is huge. Grabbing a wet and slippery kid out of the tub to put him to bed? Don't sweat the light switch; it'll take care of itself. Going to the bathroom in the middle of the night (or worse, taking your four-year-old there)? The light comes on automatically the moment you enter the room. Honestly; I almost never touch the bathroom light switch anymore. It just goes on when I go in, and turns off after I'm gone.

If you're on a tight remodeling budget, but want to do something easy to give your space a 'nicer' feel, I'd suggest looking at some switch upgrades. They're great.

THE GIVEAWAY

The prize is five Lutron Maestro Occupancy

To enter:
This giveaway is now closed.
P.S. - If you don't want to wait to see if you win the contest, get 25% off Maestro occupancy/vacancy sensor dimmers and switches on LutronStore.com PLUS one free Claro single-gang wallplate($4.90 suggested list price) with each qualifying item. Just use the promo code: wholeftthelightson

This post sponsored by Lutron. All opinions are mine alone.

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CapreeK on Oct 02, 2013:

Thanks to everyone who entered! This giveaway is now closed.


Cheryl on Oct 01, 2013:

Pick me, 4 bathrooms that could add up to alot of saving of electricity!


Linda Treadwell on Oct 01, 2013:

PICK ME,please!


Robert on Sep 30, 2013:

Pick me! My dog always leaves on the lights..


Jeanne on Sep 30, 2013:

My eldest, who was the best at turning off the lights went off to college...now I'm trying to train my younger daughter and husband to do so as well. Would love these!


Nancy P. on Sep 30, 2013:

Pick me!  I'm tired of saying....did you turn off the light?


mary anne on Sep 30, 2013:

Choose me, please!  I need all the help I can get.


mary anne on Sep 30, 2013:

Please choose me!  I need all the help I can get.


J on Sep 30, 2013:

Pick me.


bill on Sep 30, 2013:

cause i cant remember to turn em off!


Morgan on Sep 30, 2013:

Ooh pick me! I have yet to tackle replacing the atrocious, dated (not in a cute way) light fixtures in our pre-war apartment. Dimmers would make them more tolerable! 

Also, I'd like to pretend like I'm performing a magic trick by pointing "finger guns" at the room I'm about to enter and the lights coming on automatically :)


Bill on Sep 27, 2013:

I'm pretty good about turning lights off, my wife however is not, so this would aleviate some tension there.


Shari on Sep 27, 2013:

Yay! Love this concept.


Anonymous on Sep 27, 2013:

Plz, plz, plz, pick me?!!!!!?


Joe on Sep 26, 2013:

Pick me. Doing a reno with two new bathrooms and love your post about not worrying when the kids enter or exit without touching a light switch.


Naidra on Sep 26, 2013:

Pick me! Only the dog can see in the dark, so I do great to bumble around in unlit rooms.


Anonymous on Sep 26, 2013:

Pick Me!!!!!


Cheryl on Sep 25, 2013:

I just purchased the dimmer one today.  I would love to have another one with the "empty room" feature!  Count me in.


Jessica W. on Sep 25, 2013:

Pick Me, we just try and turn them off as we leave a room...


T on Sep 25, 2013:

Pick Me!


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