leviton motion sensor light switch programming

Are you looking to learn everything about the Leviton Motion Sensor Light Switch programming? Below we will tackle many details that you can’t find anywhere else!

Programming the Leviton Motion Sensor Light Switch is easy and can be done quickly through its native buttons. However, if you want to do it remotely, you can use the Leviton app on your phone/tablet or even integrate Leviton into your favorite smart hub, such as Alexa.

Are you wondering which is the best, most convenient option? Then, keep reading below to learn about each method’s perks.

Leviton Motion Sensor Light Switch Programming

how program the leviton sensor light switch

How to program a motion sensor light switch? If you have just installed your Leviton Motion Sensor Light Switch and are wondering how to program it, look no further.

There is more than one way to program it, so we will help you!

1. Use The Physical Switch Resources

The most common way of programming your Leviton motion sensor light switch is through the device itself.

However, before doing it, you must ensure that you have installed it correctly on the wall.

Then, start by doing the following:

  1. Hold the top and the bottom of the button for 5 seconds;
  2. A green light should show up;
  3. You have entered programming mode.

Step #1: Access The Settings

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Once in programming mode, you can change three different settings however you like.

Changing between settings to configure them requires pressing the top of the button.

Here are the settings available:

  • Setting 1 – It allows you to choose how much time the light will stay ON. The red light blinks once when you select it.
  • Setting 2 – It allows you to configure the sensitivity to motion. The red light blinks twice when you select it.
  • Setting 3 – This option is meant to configure the ambient light setting and is intended for Occupancy sensors only. The red light blinks three times when you select it.

While the top button allows you to navigate between settings, the bottom button allows you to change options within each setting.

Each setting offers four different preconfigured options, which means four-time spans or modes of motion sensitivity, for example.

Note: You will know that you have selected the right configuration if the green light blinks. It blinks once for the first option available, twice for the second, and so on.

Step #2: Choose A Setting

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You can only choose the correct settings if you know what they do.

The four options available for the TIMER are these:

  • Option 1 – 1 minute;
  • Option 2 – 5 minutes;
  • Option 3 – 10 minutes (this is the default);
  • Option 4 – 20 minutes.

The four options available for motion sensitivity are these:

  • Option 1 – Low (50% range)
  • Option 2 – Medium (this is the default)
  • Option 3 – High;
  • Option 4 – Resets all settings to default.

The four options available for ambient light are these:

  • Option 1 – Low light level;
  • Option 2 – Medium light level (this is the default)
  • Option 3 – High light level (high brightness);
  • Option 4 – Disabled.

Step #3: Save The Chosen Settings

save your chosen settings

Once you have found the perfect configuration for the light time span or motion sensors, you will need to do the following:

  1. Hold the top or bottom button for 5 seconds;
  2. A green light will show up and fade out after 5 seconds;
  3. That indicates your settings are saved and you’ve exited programming mode.

Additional Feature: Enter The Test Mode

If you need to check whether the Leviton switch is working correctly, you can access its test mode.

Here is how:

  1. Press the top button for 5 seconds;
  2. The red light will blink every 2 seconds;
  3. Walk around to test it;
  4. When your motion is detected, it will trigger the load for 5 seconds.

The test mode time-outs on its own after 2 minutes. But you can also exit it by pressing either button.

Temporary Disable Motion Feature If Necessary

If, for some reason, you want to disable motion detection, you can do this:

  1. Hold the bottom button for 5 seconds;
  2. A green light should start flashing;
  3. Exit the mode by pressing either button.

2. Use The Leviton App

use the leviton app

You can also use the Leviton app together with your smart switch. It will allow you to control the switch remotely.

Here is how you can get started:

  1. Open the app;
  2. Add a name for your residence;
  3. Allow location or enter your location details;

The location is a requirement because the schedules can be based on the sun’s position where you live.

Step #1: Add The Switch

Once the basics of your app are set up, you must go to the dashboard and do this:

  1. Press the + button;
  2. Choose the correct device type;
  3. If you are not sure what Switch model you have, scan the barcode on the box;

Step #2: Create Schedules 

create schedules Leviton

The amazing thing about the app is that you can create schedules involving multiple switches.

So if you have multiple Leviton switches throughout your house, you can make them all light up at once, for example.

  1. Choose “Create a schedule” on the dashboard;
  2. Select the devices that will participate in the schedule;
  3. Select what will be the action;
  4. Choose the time and day the schedule takes place;
  5. Name the schedule.

Schedules will be saved automatically. You can delete or alter them as you wish.

Step #3: Create Activities

Beyond schedules, it is also possible to select activities. They are similar to what some smart hubs call “scenes.”

You can then activate them whenever you want, and the associated devices will act as intended.

Here is how:

  1. Select “Create an activity” on the dashboard;
  2. Choose the devices that will be on the activity;
  3. Set what each one should do;
  4. Choose an icon that matches the planned activity;
  5. Name the activity.

The activity can be turned on whenever you want. All it takes is pressing one button.

Step #4: Configure The Advanced Settings

configure the advanced settings

If all you want to do is configure the switch’s settings as you would on the switch’s physical buttons, you can also go to Advanced Settings.

Do this:

  1. Select your devices on the dashboard;
  2. Select the device you want to check the settings;
  3. Press “Device settings”;
  4. Press “Advanced settings.”

The route above will let you access the motion sensitivity, lighting levels, and other options according to your switch model.

3. Integrate With Alexa

Do you want to add voice commands to your Leviton experience? Fortunately, Leviton switches are fully compatible with Alexa.

integrate leviton with alexa

Not only that, but Alexa will also allow you to integrate the Leviton switch into scenes you create.

Here is how you can do it:

  1. Open the My Leviton app;
  2. Tap the three lines in the bottom corner;
  3. Find “Integrations”;
  4. Choose Alexa;
  5. Click on “Integrate”;
  6. Tap on “Link”;
  7. As long as you install the Alexa app, the linking will be instant.

Alternatively, you can also go to the Alexa app and tap “add devices.” Then you might need to discover the Leviton switch(es) and log in with your Leviton account details.

What You Can Do

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Some options are not available through Alexa voice commands. For example, creating an activity or schedule still requires going to the app and doing it manually.

Other options are available on Alexa and can replace the app or physical buttons:

  • Ask Alexa to turn the switch off or on;
  • Ask Alexa to change the dimmer to a certain percentage;
  • Ask Alexa to brighten the lights;
  • Ask Alexa to turn some activity on;
  • Ask Alexa to change the motion sensitivity;

When asking Alexa to control the switches and dimmers, you must remember each device’s name as set on the app. 

What We Learned

Leviton Motion Sensor Light Switch programming becomes very easy once you get used to the controls.

If you want to make it more convenient, you can pair your switch with the app and get access to deeper-level settings. Alexa is also great if you want to trigger some actions by voice.

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Nicole B