5 Stars By C. Solomon on 2016-03-27
Great Auto Light Switch with Manual Override
APPLICATION: Home Theater Hallway Entrance Automatic Occupancy Switch with Manual Override
USE CASE: Automatically turns on the lights when entering the room allowing enough time to get settled before turning the lights off (I set it to 1min duration). I applied white electrical tape over a portion of the sensor so that it does not turn on the lights when passing this hallway without entering the room.
WHY THIS TYPE OF SWITCH: I selected this specific switch because I can quickly turn off the switch when getting up to leave the room so that I don't disturb others who are adjusted to the dim lighting. This switch will permanently stay off until its manually switched back into auto mode. Similarly, if I am entertaining without watching a movie I can set it to keep the lights on, even when no motion is sensed in the hallway.
THE GOOD: Works great with any kind of lighting (CFL, LED, Incandescent). The Leviton PR150-1LW Motion Sensing Light Switch that this was modeled after will cause many LED lights to flicker in the automatic setting mode, so I am replacing all of these in my house with the TOPGREENER version. I could not find any name brand (Leviton or Luxtron) switches with manual override control that also work with any lighting.
THE BAD: The industrial design is a little bulky ugly. The passive IR sensor protrudes from the wall giving it good 180deg visibility, but it doesn't look as modern and nice as the Lutron Maestro MS-OPS Motion Sensing Lightswitches that I use for high traffic areas or locations where I want reliable automatic control without any manual override. I am not familiar with the TOPGREENER brand. However the quality seems good.
NOTE: I am trying to go paper free and eliminate all printed manuals. TOPGREENER does not appear to post any PDF manuals on their website, so I am going to attach scanned copies of their paper manual with this review. I am uploading PNG files as 2DayDeliver does not allow me to attach a PDF.
5 Stars By KennyG on 2016-03-03
This simply works as advertised, and at a good price. The product information does emphasise NEEDS NEUTRAL. So if you're going to purchase one of these, be sure you have a "neutral" wire in the switch box where this will be installed (as I did). It all depends on how that particular switch was wired (e.g. power was brought to the light fixture box, and a pair of wires were sent down to switch to open/close the circuit vs bringing power to the switch box and sending the switched-hot and neutral up to the light fixture). If you don't have a neutral in the switch box then you can find these identified for that application at a higher price. Caveat, you will always see a white in the switch box - but if you only see a white wire and a black wire connected directly to the switch, it's not a neutral. You'll need to see a black and white wire coming into the box with the black wire connected to the switch, and a black and white wire leaving the box (to the light fixture) with the two white wires "wire nutted" together.
5 Stars By 56_Kruiser on 2017-05-22
Like the capabilities...
This worked well for me for 1 year 4 months. It now is leaving the lights on all the time.
I really like the capability to turn the lights on manually so they stay on while working in the garage.
After leaving a note about it not working, they informed me that it had a 2 year warranty. Once I showed proof of purchase, the provide me with a label to return, and I received a replacement.
Having used the more expensive brands of motion switches, and finding it hard to find one that allowed manual on AND off, I really like this switch.
5 Stars By A. Rock on 2017-09-25
Tired of kids leaving the lights on? Solution!
We bought these for our kids that was constantly leaving the lights on in their rooms. We bought one for each of the rooms and it was the perfect solution. The first one took a little time to figure out because the directions are not completely clear, but luckily my husband is handy. We bought another pack for our pantry and a hallway that goes to the kids rooms. Will buy again for more rooms. Tip: test the ideal amount of time before sensor goes off because our kids are small and it sometimes went off when they were in the room on the floor.
4 Stars By N. Byers on 2016-12-04
Great product, but sensor not as sensitive as the Lutron switch for children 3-4ft tall
This is a nice product, and I'll start out by saying we bought this to replace a Lutron occupancy sensor switch we had originally installed. The reason we didn't like the Lutron is because it didn't have the ability to switch the light to just stay on like this unit can.
We put this in our upstairs bathroom because we were potty training our oldest, which is still a great feature after they are trained too. The Lutron allowed our child to "turn on" the light, just by walking halfway to the toilet in the bathroom and wiggling a little bit to trigger the PIR, when they had to use the bathroom in the middle of the night without needing us.
The only reason I gave this four stars is because the Lutron has a little bit better sensor. Our child has a little bit harder time triggering this motion sensor. They have to go all the way to the toilet, stand on their step stool, and wiggle more to trigger this switch's motion. If this is switch will only be used by adults then I would give it five stars easily. It's just not as effective for people under 4 feet tall. It is a nice looking switch, aesthetically speaking, compared to other switches that have the ability to switch the light on/off in addition to just the motion function. We are still using the switch and are happy with it.
5 Stars By Brandon Bain on 2016-04-14
Easy as it comes to install
This is pretty easy to install, the only trouble I've had is when there's two on/off switches for the same light. I'm not an electrician, so I'm figuring it out as I go. Currently it's only working in the "on" position and I'm getting a red light when in Auto. I'm sure I have a wire crossed up on the other switch. But as far as installing THIS device...it's about as easy as it comes
I was not paid to review this product, nor did I receive a discount for my opinions. My views are expressly my own based on my experience with the product and yours may vary.
2 Stars By Mark K. on 2017-03-09
Things did not go well. I installed the first ...
Things did not go well. I installed the first switch, and all seemed to be going well. Then I found that the next switch inline stopped working. I tried all manner of configurations and could not get it to function, so I put the old switch back. When I tried on my kitchen florescents, I could not get the lights to stop flickering. So out that one went too.
4 Stars By Hugo T on 2017-07-24
Watch out for the depth of your electrical box as the switch takes up nearly all of it.
The motion switch works very well seems to be very stable with detecting motion. The only issue I came across is the depth of the switch taking too much space in a stander electrical switch box. I have two MC wires at that switch box both are 12/3 wire and because of the switch depth of the motion sensor switch being too deep it didn't fit. lucky I have a slightly deeper electrical box and it worked out.
1 Stars By dinkyep on 2017-10-22
Defective unit...so sad 😞
Was so excited to get this item, was delivered yesterday and my husband installed it today. The on/off switch works but nothing when you use “auto.” No LED light to signify the automatic eye even works! We double checked to be sure the wires were hooked up correctly and still nothing. I have to figure the one I got is defective. I will have to return it and order another one. Very disappointing, I was so excited to see it work 😥
5 Stars By S. Kendall on 2017-08-03
Exactly what I needed in the garage!
Exactly what I needed in the garage!
Hands full, manage to open the door, then you have to reach for a switch? NOT after getting these, and they work really well!
Fortunately, I had just rewired the wall to include a 12/3 that included a neutral wire (or 2nd hot) at the end of the line, as you wouldn't normally be able to use this unless it was a beginning point for the circuit that would have included a neutral, but I knew this was coming...