What Is the Best Door Sensor for the Honeywell L7000?

The best door sensor for the Honeywell L7000 depends on the needs of the user. We typically recommend using wireless door sensors with the L7000 because they are easier to program with the system. The user will then need to decide if they want a recessed sensor or a surface-mount sensor.

Wireless door sensors are easier to interface with an L7000 for a couple of reasons. For one, no wiring is required, making the installation very straight-forward. The L7000 also includes a built-in wireless receiver, meaning that no add-ons are needed to complete the process. The L7000 can support a single hardwired burglary zone, but to add additional hard-wired door sensors you would need a hard-wire to wireless converter, such as the Honeywell 5800C2W.

Assuming that the user does choose to go with a wireless door sensor, they will still need to decide between a surface-mount sensor and a recessed sensor. Both types have advantages and disadvantages that should be considered when making the decision.

A surface-mount sensor is the easiest type of door sensor to install. This is because it can quickly be applied to the door using screws or double-sided adhesive. However, some users may not like the fact that a surface-mount sensor is clearly visible on the door frame. A great surface-mount sensor to use with the L7000 is the Honeywell 5816 or the 5800MINI.

The video below shows how to program a 5816 to a Honeywell L7000:

A recessed sensor is more discreet, as it will essentially be hidden inside the door and its frame. That being said, this type of door sensor is slightly more difficult to install, as holes will need to be drilled into the door and the frame. While this process is not very difficult for anyone with a basic understanding of power tools, users who are not comfortable drilling holes may be better off with a surface-mount sensor. If the user does choose to go with a recessed sensor, we recommend the Honeywell 5800RPS or the Honeywell 5800MICRA.

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