Why is the LED light completely off after the walk test and lockout time?
The wireless GE SAW PIR motion detector in my house worked before. Just recently, I found the light was off. I changed the battery. However, it is only working with the walk test mode, in which the control panel can also detect the zone where the sensor is located.
I checked the manual. It says that the walk test mode times out after 60 seconds and there is 3 minute lockout time (the LED light will no longer activate when motion is detected within this period of 3 minutes). However, after the lockout time, the LED light of my sensor is off completely no matter what motion it is. I can get the LED light on by triggering the tamper switch (a small spring at the back). However, the sensor still goes in the walk test mode and the LED light goes off again after the lockout time. Can anyone help me on this problem?
Re: Why is the LED light completely off after the walk...
Yes, it works normally. Things have evolved in the technology of security systems and now it is standard to have any LED turned off on any motion detector (the LED's are now used for walk-testing only), the standard DSC and Honeywell wireless motions also do the same thing.
This is a normal function for your motion detector. It's also a great power saving function since most of the current draw on the batteries is when it's transmitting a detection signal so if you're home and moving around it will only transmit every few minutes instead of every second, saving on battery life significantly (up to 5 years on average) but after the 3-minute lockout the passive infrared scans continuously until it transmits another motion signal.
Reason: most burglaries are done by someone who has been there before, if they see the LED then they know the motion will catch them moving in that given spot, then they can "map-out" where it's safe to walk (where the LED doesn't light up) for when they plan to return for a robbery.
You can also make this device "more sensitive" by moving the jumper pin position by the right side battery and having the back mounting plate mounted using the bottom screw presets so it faces slightly downward instead of straight forward.
Helpful tip: Change the batteries every 4 years if you're using Alkaline (dead or not) since the detector was engineered "too energy efficient" and the batteries actually leak and corrode the interior PCB at about the 5-year point on about 15% of the detectors with factory original duracell batteries (from what I've experienced in field service).
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the sensor has at least 2 knobs maybe 3. one show hands of a clock one show sun. one may show sensitivity. the adjustment is low to hi the wider the adjustment the greater the setting check out this picture on ebay for the icon.
on all the Honeywell or Ademco wireless motion detectors I have worked on the light will not come on with the cover in place, it is set that way to conserve battery life. If you want to be sure it is working properly arm your system and wait at least 4 minutes before walking in front of he motion then walk in front of it and see if it trips the alarm.
It may have been previously learned into a zone. Sometimes, the motion will trip and activate a signal that can be learned into another zone you are trying to program. exit programming, then "tamper" the cover for the circuit board, not the battery access, on the motion, check the "status" light to see if a zone is displaying "tamper". Also check battery orientation in back of motion. When battery is first installed correctly. The light should activate during the first minute.
It appears this device is rate 10 amps at 230 volts = 2300 watts. Use at least #14 wire and 15 amp breaker. Connect wire at connection point on light. Unit appears to have a transformer, and might make humming sound. There is override located somewhere on unit. Possibly as a button on the motion sensor
Motion sensor will probably have 2 settings. 1st setting for sensitivity, so it will not activate when cat walks up driveway. 2nd setting for time duration, selectable from 30 seconds to 7 minutes
ML FL09SBK IP44 36W Fluorescent PIR Floodlight c/w Lamp
IP44 Low Energy Floodlight c/w PIR & Override.
T4 twist and lock lampholder.
36 Watt 6500k T4 spiral compact fluorescent lamp included.
(replacement lamp - product code FL09L).
Electrical termination via 10 Amp connector block within secure enclosure c/w cord grip.
PIR detection range of 12 meters at 2 meter height from ground.
Detection arch of 160 degrees.
Time range 30 seconds to 7 minutes.
To work properly, this unit has to have normally closed loop circuit. With power applied, and no motion in its sight, should measure 000 ohms (plus any resistor value in series). When activated..the contact should show infinite resistance(open). You are only missing something if you're testing it with you in the the motion area.
Hi Champ_guru, Most motion detectors provide a simple voltage output when the sense motion, so you'll need an interface board to connect one to your computer. For this kind of electronics work, arduino boards tend to be very useful, and with a little digging, I was able to find a project that I think will meet your needs. You can find a complete walk-through with source code for controlling the system at http://luckylarry.co.uk/arduino-projects/arduino-very-basic-motion-tracking-with-2-pir-sensors/ If you're looking for an image based detection system (webcam, etc), The Code Project has a very good writeup with code examples at http://www.codeproject.com/KB/audio-video/Motion_Detection.aspx, however you'll still have to do some implementing. Hope this helps!
Sorry, but you need one extra wire between the switches to wire "the opposite configuration" that you want :-(
That means going into the attic and pulling another cable :-( I can walk you through it if you are willing to do all that work.
The only other solution would be to purchase the commercial version of that motion switch, which would also require a sensor at _each_ switch location :-(
try learming the sensor in by removing the back and actavation the tamper switch of the unit. also make sure that the unit is not already learned into the unit and if all else falil default the panel and start over.