On Topic: PIR LED off or on afer installer walk test?

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There are pro and cons to leaving the LED *on* a PIR after you walk test
it and leave the installation.

Honeywell wireless PIRs specifically state to turn off the LED after the
walk test to conserve battery life.

The LEDs do get annoying for the occupant, especially at night when you
just want darkness and watch TV.  A PIR in the master bedroom with a
bright light is downright annoying.

The LEDs reassure the customer the damn thing is still working.  Less
service calls?

The LED can "tip off" a potential burglar (think inside job at a retail
establishment) to blind spots.  He has time to study the protected area
and it's no coverage area with the LED on.



So......

The big question:

Do you leave the LED on or off in an ideal installation?  The Cx will
know you turned it off - so leave instructions to walk test it with the
keypad for them.

Personally, 99.5% of my hardwired PIRs were left with the LED on.  I'm
thinking it may be better to turn them off for the annoyance factor and
someone able to "case" the joint.

What say you all?

LED on or off?


--  

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety,
 deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Ben Franklin

Re: On Topic: PIR LED off or on afer installer walk test?
On Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:44:38 AM UTC-4, G. Morgan wrote:
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Depends on the installation but most customers want on.  

Re: On Topic: PIR LED off or on afer installer walk test?
On 9/24/2013 8:21 AM, NickMark wrote:
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In my experience, those little blinking lights become an old comforting  
friend to the home owner.  Interestingly, I don't notice the motions in  
my house, unless the lights go out.  Guess I'm used to seeing them in  
the corner of my eye.

As installers, we know there are going to be dead spots.  IMHO, part of  
placing them professionally is to try and make it so there's either no  
way to and from the dead spots or that the dead spots won't do an  
intruder much good.

Re: On Topic: PIR LED off or on afer installer walk test?
On Tuesday, September 24, 2013 8:52:37 AM UTC-4, JoeRaisin wrote:
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Exactly!!!

Re: On Topic: PIR LED off or on afer installer walk test?
On 9/24/2013 4:44 AM, G. Morgan wrote:
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Back when I did commercial systems, I was sneaky because the customer  
wanted higher security and was interested in catching any insiders who
may wish to case the joint. Some of the PIR/microwave motion detectors  
had the LED left on and some of the motion detectors were hidden just  
like I'd set up the cameras. Fake cameras and the real ones hidden. ^_^

TDD

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