Question about Leviton Manual-On Occupancy Sensor - IPP15-1LE - Black
This is not a surprise. Many wall-mounted devices such as occupancy sensors and dimmers operate by leaking a little bit of power through the light fixtures. In the world of incandescent, this was rarely a problem - that little bit of current wasn't enough to excite the bulb. But now that we're living in a world of low-wattage lamp types, that little bit of current is now enough power to excite the lamp and cause what you're seeing. The added detriment is that little bit of pulsing that you see in the CFL can actually wear it out pretty quickly.
The short-term solution is to use the older-style, incandescent lamps.
Another short-term solution would be to attempt using another manufacturer's CFL or try an LED lamp - that's by no stretch a guarantee, you'd be rolling the dice with each lamp choice you made. The higher wattage the lamps, the less likely you'll see an issue.
There are two long-term solutions:
1) Add another lamp - the more lamps the control sees, the less leakage current that goes through each lamp. Several people have solved this by adding a 'dummy' incandescent load (like a 15W or 25W lamp) somewhere in the lighting circuit to take the brunt of the leakage.
2) Change the wall-sensor. Lutron makes one (MS-OPS6M-DV-WH) that has extremely low leakage current and may solve the problem. But the best way to guarantee it won't be an issue is to use a wall-sensor that connects to the neutral wire in the wallbox. Those devices take that leakage current and dump it out the neural wire rather than run in through the light fixture. Lutron makes one of those as well (MS-OPS5AM-WH)
Posted on Oct 20, 2010
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