Using the Motion Sensor 360 - Volt Free with Lutron
The Faradite Motion Sensor 360 range is compatible with several lighting control systems including Lutron. In this blog we take a detailed look at integrating our Motion Sensor 360 - Volt Free with Lutron.
The Faradite Motion Sensor 360 Volt Free has a silent volt free relay which closes for the duration of motion plus ~1second when motion is sensed. When connected to a CCI (Contact Closure Input) on a Lutron system, the sensor can be utilised in Lutron Designer to provide motion sensing in your Lutron project.
There are several products in the Motion Sensor 360 range, but only our volt free motion sensors are designed to work with a Lutron lighting system.
Wiring the Sensors
We recommend using a CAT cable (either CAT5 / CAT6 / CAT7) for connecting Faradite sensors to a Lutron system, but you can also use stranded cable. If stranded cable is used then you will need to insert the supplied sim card remover tool into the motion sensor connector before inserting the wire, inserting this tool simply opens the spring-loaded connector and prevents the cable from rucking up.
The Motion Sensor 360 Volt Free provides a normally open contact, which should be connected to a contact closure input on the Lutron system.
There are two ways in which a Motion Sensor 360 Volt Free can connect to a Lutron system.
A popular method of connecting a Faradite Motion Sensor 360 – Volt Free is to connect the sensor's volt free output directly into the back of a seeTouch keypad. The seeTouch keypad has two contact closure inputs so two sensors can be connected to a single seeTouch keypad. If you are using a 24V power supply to power the keypads, then you can power the sensor directly from the keypad power supply.
Another approach would be to star wire the sensors back to a central panel location where the sensors can be terminated into a QSE-IO which has 5 contact closure inputs.
See below the number of sensors that can be connected to each interface:
First, we will look at how to connect the Faradite Motion Sensor 360 – Volt Free to the Lutron seeTouch keypad.
Simply power the sensor from the keypad supply and connect the volt free output of the sensor over the COM / A or COM / B terminals.
If the property is a new build or there is a chance to run cable back to a central location, then you can use the QSE-IO to connect up to 5 Faradite Motion Sensor 360 – Volt Free to the Lutron system.
The QSE-IO does not have a built-in power supply, we therefore recommend using a separate 5-24V power supply to power the sensors. You can use the QSPS-DH-1-60 Lutron power supply to power the sensors if desired or any other 5-24V supply. We recommend allowing for 10ma per sensor when specifying the power supply.
Programming a 3rd party PIR in Lutron Designer
Select the “Controls” view in the Design tab and select the appropriate room where the sensor is located. Navigate to the “Sensor” tab on the right hand side and click on the plus icon on the “Third Part Occ Sensor”. Name the sensor e.g. “Faradite PIR” and click done.
We now need to assign the PIR to a physical contact closure input, in this example we are going to connect it to an input on the QSE-IO, select the “Equipment” view in the Design tab, select the room where the QSE-IO is located and click on the plus icon next to the QSE-IO. In this example we have named our QSE-IO “TEST IO”.
Click on the input tab and then click Assign on the input in which you have connected the Faradite sensor, in this case we are going to assign it to contact closure number 2.
Navigate down the tree until you find the Faradite PIR in the Dining room, simply select Assign to link it to the contact closure input. Once done press “Done” at the bottom.
Now the sensor is wired into the system and we have told the software where the sensor is connected. The next step is to decide what action to take when motion is detected. Navigate to the Programming tab and select “occupancy” from the drop down menu. Select the Dining room, the Faradite Motion Sensor – Volt Free has a 1 second timeout. We therefore need to increase the timeout by selecting the correct timeout from the drop down, in this example we have selected 1 min. We can then setup the lighting levels for both an occupied room and unoccupied room, in this example we have turned the lights to 100% when occupied and 0% when the room is unoccupied.
We would love to see examples of where you have used the Faradite Motion Sensor 360 – Volt Free to automate a Lutron lighting system.
Why not share an Instagram story (@FARADITE) showing us of what you have automated using our sensors…?
The Faradite Team