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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?

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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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