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What is the difference between a presence and motion sensor? 

Not only system integrators but also home owners are often wondering – What is the difference between a presence, movement and occupancy sensor/switch? Unfortunately, both terms are often used in the non‐correct manner, which is why this blog will explain to you the major differences between sensors for “Motion” and “Presence”. Both sensors come from the same family of devices. However, thanks to the evolution of technology, both kinds of sensors started to develop in separate ways, creating two new ways of creating telegrams and sending them on the bus. Therefore, it is more important to understand the difference. 

  Motion Sensors: Detecting Walking Movements

 The motion sensors perceive walking movements in the selected detection zone and respond to them accordingly: The Light is switched ‘ON’ when a movement is detected once ambient light levels fall below a preselected threshold. After a set period, the light switches ‘OFF’ again. The recommended use of motion sensors includes detection of moving objects outdoors or in busy indoor areas, such as hallways or corridors. Due to their lower price, resulting from the lower sensitivity, motion sensors are used more often, compared to other types of sensors, thereby being more likely to be found in new and existing installations.

Presence Sensors: Detecting Tiniest Movements

Compared to a motion sensor, which would detect the movement of an arm, the presence sensor would detect the movement of a finger. Using extremely high resolution, precision and sensor technology, they respond to the tiniest movements. The high fidelity is especially required in sedentary areas, such as offices and classroom, where usually there is no big movements for a longer period, but lighting is still required. Also, presence sensors have the possibility to overcome a greater distance, meaning that they can easily be placed at high ceilings, such as in sporting arenas and warehouses, and still be able to sense movement on the ground. Since they detect the smallest movements, presence sensors are also referred to as occupancy sensors.

Both sensors have an important feature in common: Energy Efficiency
Depending on your needs and your requirements, the choice between a motion sensor and a presence sensor can now be made easier with the information given here. What is however totally not influenced by your choice is the fact that both kind of sensors create a higher energy efficiency for lighting, but also other applications. As the switching does not have to be done by human interaction, the light will only be switched on, when the room is occupied, respectively, when movement is going on. By not having to worry about forgetting to turn the lights off, energy is automatically used more efficiently.


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