First Alert PIR725
Motion Sensing Light Socket
This is one of the first light switch or bulb products I purchased to help automate my home's lighting. Like my previous review of the Ivation Night Light, I would recommend you set up a home automation system for around $300 instead of buying this product. It works well enough and allows you to use cheap light bulbs instead of the expensive home automation bulbs, but home automation bulbs last forever and if you move you could just replace them with cheap bulbs.
The First Alert Motion Sensing Light Socket just screws into your light socket, the same way you screw in a bulb. Before you put the socket in, I prefer to screw the bulb into First Alert but the choice is yours. Either way make sure you turn the light switch off prior to screwing in your bulb or First Alert Motion Sensor.
The PIR725 and most First Alert products are not Z-wave or Zigbee compatible. So if you have a home automation system and purchase this product, you will not be able to control your lights with your remotes, phone, or computer. This also means if you have a home automation system you will not be able to see when your lights are on or track electricity usage. The upside of this product is that it stands alone and is cheaper than an automation system. Anytime you walk past it your lights will turn on, so it uses a small amount of electricity at all times because the light switch is always on. I have two of these sensors. They cost about $39.99 + shipping (if you are not an Amazon Prime member). I would happily sell the first person to comment on this blog post my two sensors for $70 with free shipping. You can also contact me on Twitter @DesaraeV.
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HANDS-FREE LIGHT AUTOMATICALLY TURNS LIGHT ON WHEN ENTERING & OFF AFTER EXITING THE ROOM INSTALLS INTO EXISTING LIGHT SOCKETSENSES MOVEMENT IN ALL DIRECTIONS IN DAY & NIGHTTIME CONDITIONS360 /12-FT RADIUSCOMPATIBLE WITH INCANDESCENT & FLUORESCENT BULBS IDEAL FOR USE IN LAUNDRY ROOM GARAGE BASEMENT ATTIC STAIRWAYS UTILITY ROOMS & WALK-IN CLOSETSUPC : 029054001115Shipping Dimensions : 8.00in X 6.10in X 3.00inEstimated Shipping Weight : 0.8819
From the Manufacturer
Motion Sensing Light Socket, CF compatible. The First Alert motion sensing light socket screws easily into any existing light socket. Patented motion sensing technology automatically turns light on when entering and off when exiting the room. Senses movement in all directions. Ideal for laundry rooms, basements, walk-in closets and garages. Works with incandescent bulbs up to 100 watts or compact fluorescent bulbs up to 50 watts. 3-year limited warranty. First Alert Motion Sensing Light Socket PIR 725