What is the Best Honeywell Motion Sensor?

The best Honeywell motion sensor depends on how the sensor is going to be used. You should consider the size of the area that the sensor needs to monitor, whether or not the sensor will be outdoors and how far the sensor will be placed from the panel. Then you can determine the best sensor.

First, you should consider whether or not the sensor is going to be used outdoors. Virtually any motion detector can be used in an indoor environment. However, only a small number of motion sensors are designed for outdoor use. An outdoor motion sensor will need to be more durable, and it will need to be able to withstand hazards like moisture, dust and high winds. If an indoor motion is exposed to these hazards, it is very likely that it will quickly become damaged and break. If you do require an outdoor sensor, then your options may be more limited, but you should still be able to find what you need. Arguably the best Honeywell motion sensor for outdoor use is the 5800PIR-OD.

Next, you will want to take the size of the area into consideration. If the motion is being used in a typical room in your home, such as your living room, then a standard residential-grade motion sensor will probably be excellent for your needs. A great motion sensor for this type of application is the 5800PIR-RES. This motion also features pet-immunity, making it less likely to be activated by pets after it has been installed correctly.

However, if the area you need to monitor is particularly long and narrow, such as a long hallway or a long warehouse, then you might want to choose a long-range motion detector. These sensors feature a different scope of detection than standard motion sensors, making them better for extended environments. The 5800PIR-COM is a great motion sensor for this purpose. Generally speaking, commercial motion sensors, like the 5800PIR-COM, tend to feature an overall larger detection range than residential motion sensors. If you want to use a motion with dual detection technology (passive infrared and microwave), then you might consider the Honeywell DT906 sensor. Additionally, many standard motion sensors can have their original lenses replaced with long-range lenses to provide them with better function in these environments.

Finally, you should consider how far the sensor will operate from the panel. In most cases, a wireless motion sensor will operate from up to 200 feet away from the panel. This range can often be extended using a wireless repeater, such as the Honeywell 5800RP. Wireless motion detectors are also very easy to install, and they prevent users from having to run wires through their building. However, if you have a hardwired panel and you plan on placing the sensor near the system, it may be easiest to just use a hardwired motion detector. Hardwired motions are usually very inexpensive, and they can be a great addition to a security setup. If you are considering a hardwired motion sensor for your home, then the Honeywell IS335 might be perfect for your needs.

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I agree that PIR motion sensors are often a good choice, but they're not appropriate for environments that get hot. Here in the American Southwest, unoccupied homes will frequently exceed 90 degrees during the summer. Since PIR sensors detect moving heat sources, they can't detect warm bodies in warm rooms. When room temperature is similar to body temperature, they're simply blind.

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