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DakineAthon 264 40 March 21, 2016 at 08:15 AM
I have a florescent ceiling light fixture in the kitchen. I would like to find a automatic switch that would turn the light on when we enter and back off when we leave it.

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Do you mean just a motion sensor switch? [amazon.com]
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Do you mean just a motion sensor switch? [amazon.com]
Personally I prefer Leviton to Lutron, the switching action is quieter. Like this: http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-IPS...%3ALeviton
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...6291361011

Don't set it to turn off too quickly or you may shorten the life of the fluorescent ballast/bulbs.
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Personally I prefer Leviton to Lutron, the switching action is quieter. Like this: http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-IPS...%3ALeviton
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...6291361011

Don't set it to turn off too quickly or you may shorten the life of the fluorescent ballast/bulbs.
Ya most florescent fixture like to remain on. OP can always replace the fixture with probably an LED equivalent in the future which should tolerate the on/off a bit better. OP do you know if you have a magnetic or electronic ballast? You need to get a switch that's compatible with the type you have.
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Ya most florescent fixture like to remain on. OP can always replace the fixture with probably an LED equivalent in the future which should tolerate the on/off a bit better. OP do you know if you have a magnetic or electronic ballast? You need to get a switch that's compatible with the type you have.
Wow! Thanks for the replies! Smilie I may have to come here more often Stick Out Tongue

Ballast type, now that's a good question i don't have an answer to.Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
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Wow! Thanks for the replies! Smilie I may have to come here more often Stick Out Tongue

Ballast type, now that's a good question i don't have an answer to.Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
Don't worry too much, if you want to find out take the bulbs out and remove the metal cover in the middle exposing the ballast. Just set the motion switch to stay on for around 15-20 min.

If you can control the light from 2 locations, that's called a 3-way switch. Only certain motion switches work in this configuration.
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Last edited by jkee March 21, 2016 at 04:57 PM
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Why don't you contact with the store you bought from? I believe they will find you a way.
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Ya most florescent fixture like to remain on. OP can always replace the fixture with probably an LED equivalent in the future which should tolerate the on/off a bit better. OP do you know if you have a magnetic or electronic ballast? You need to get a switch that's compatible with the type you have.
This brings up a good point - if you currently have non-led tubes, you might want to replace them with led tubes to eliminate the annoying flicker when they first turn on and the humming/buzzing sound some make. Not to mention it will save you some $$. Costco has some for $60 - Feit LED 4' Direct Replacement Tube [costco.com]
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This is what I ended up doing. I probably spent more money than I should have. I went to Lowe's lumber and talked to a sales guy. He suggested that I replace the whole light fixture he also showed me the motion sensor/switch I would need for that light fixture.

So I'll use the old light fixture in the garage and I'll make these changes this weekend.

Thanks everyone!
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