Stop Fumbling In The Dark And Forgetting To Turn Off The Lights ~ Install A Motion-Activated Switch


Every once in a while, a campaign comes into my inbox that makes me slap my forehead and say, “Why didn’t I think of that sooner?!?!” This is one of those campaigns. Perhaps this post will elicit the same reaction from you. 

Is there a room in your house where either a) the light switch is not located in a convenient location or b) the light is always left on? Wouldn’t it be great to live in a house like the Jetsons where things just happen — like walking into a room and the light magically turns on (and then turns off when you leave)?

It’s not magic, and it’s not space-aged Jetsons theory. You can make any light switch in your house automatic in less than 10 minutes — all by yourself. 

How To Install a Motion Light In Your Home

For me the room that causes me the most light angst is our laundry room/ entry way in from the garage. It is really just a hall with a washer/dryer/sink on one side, and it is a tight squeeze. The only light switch is in the middle of the room. So when I come in from the garage, usually with a bags and a toddler in my arms, I fumble about in the dark. I rarely bother to even turn on the light because by the time I get to the switch, I am nearly out of the door. In fact, we got in the habit of leaving a small kitchen light on (so not green) when we leave the house just so we don’t have to come home in the complete darkness.

Laundry Room

Not any more.

Thanks to the Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensing Switch, I now live in a Jetsons-like home. When I walk in my laundry room, the light comes on. When I leave, the light turns off. Geniuses. 

And it was easy. It took us less than 15 minutes, tops, to install the new light switch. Wanna see how easy? Check out the little how-to video my husband and I made about installation.


Save 25% on a Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensing Switch

If you ever find yourself fumbling around in the darkness or asking, “Who left the lights on?,” you should look into replacing your light switch with a Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensing Switch (also available with a dimmer). The switch we installed retails for $41.50, but you can use the coupon code wholeftthelightson to save 25% on the switch through October 31, 2013 when you buy it via Lutron’s website. Plus get one free Claro single-gang wallplate ($4.90 suggested list price) with each qualifying item.

We are all very excited about our new light switch, and I will follow up soon with another post about how life with the automatic light is going.

Until then, check out this infographic.

Lutron light infographic

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Lutron. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

19 thoughts on “Stop Fumbling In The Dark And Forgetting To Turn Off The Lights ~ Install A Motion-Activated Switch”

  1. This is a great way to save money and the install looks pretty simple to do. My husband has a bad habit of leaving the lights on and this could help.

  2. The looks simple to do and could save a bunch on the electric bill. My son never remembers to turn his light off. Oh how nice it would be to not have to say, please go back and turn off your light, ever again.

  3. I know I like motion lights outside here in the country, saves $$ and is there when I do need it, but inside sounds great too. The bathroom for no fumble light in the middle of the night, laundry room for hands free lighting and hallways when there is only one switch, always at the wrong end of the hall.

  4. I am pretty handy and will at least attempt to fix things around the house, but am always hesitant when it comes to anything electrical. You two showed how easily the installation is, and I feel confident in my ability to do so also.

  5. Thanks for the tutorial! Always a good reminder that you have to be extremely careful when dealing with 110/120 VAC power as it can easily kill a person. If you don’t know exactly what you’re doing with electricity, don’t touch it!

  6. When we moved into our current house, we spent almost $400 on energy saving light bulbs. That helps so much on our electric bill, but my son has a habit of leaving the light on in the room he watches tv even though I’ve told him over and over to turn it off when he leaves the room. This would help so much!

  7. I love how easy you have made it to install a motion sensor light. Even if I don’t win this one, I now know how to install my own.

  8. This would be great for our house since some people don’t know how to turn off lights when they’re not in the room.

  9. informative video, it definitely looks easy to do and with the cost of electricity rising all the time, this could certainly save some money.


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