How to Disable a Motion Sensor Light Switch

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How to Disable a Motion Sensor Light Switch
You can stop a motion detector switch from turning on the light. (light bulb image by Zbigniew Nowak from

A motion sensor light switch can save you money and make your life more convenient. Installing a motion sensor switch means the light turns on automatically when you enter the room. When the motion sensor stops detecting movement, the light automatically turns off after a set amount of time. There may be times when you want a motion detector switch disabled, and . You can adjust the tab on the front of your motion sensor switch to disable a motion detector switch.

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    Examine the motion sensor light switch. Directly underneath the motion sensor, you'll notice a tab. The tab has three options: "On," "Auto" and "Off." "Auto" is the default setting, and it allows the light to turn on automatically when the motion sensor detects movement in the room.

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    Flip the switch to the "Off" position to disable the motion sensor light switch. Even if the motion sensor detects movement, the light will not turn on.

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    Turn the light "On" when you need it by sliding the switch to the "On" position. The light will remain on until you flip the switch to the "Off" position, or until you slide it back to "Auto." In "Auto," the light will turn off after the sensor stops detecting movement for a preset length of time.

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