How to Trick a Motion Sensor to Stay On? DIY Motion Detectors Guide

Motion sensors are designed to activate lights or take an action when any major movement is detected. These actions can only be taken when the detector can get a signal of movement. As these are incapable of sensing smaller movements in fingers they tend to trouble people who want their lights to be ON without any major movements. Such scenarios can generally be seen in the living room or study room when you want to relax or study but the lights keep on turning OFF due to its settings. 

If you are also one of us who wants the lights to stay ON during garden parties or other such instances we have got your back. In this article, we share a detailed guide on how to trick a motion sensor to stay on and some other DIYs which might help you with it.

How to Trick a Motion Sensor to Stay On?

Normally the key of these detectors is kept on. They monitor the ambient light and turn the lights on when it’s dark enough and a movement is detected. You can make the detectors stay on by overriding their function. The below method shows you a simple trick to override your sensors. 

Method 1: The Easy-Switch Click

To override the sensors you need to turn the switch off and on within a second or so. This will make the detectors stay on. The lights will go back to normal when it is switched off again or when the sun comes up again.

This is a one-step method that will work with most modern sensors. Do not worry if this process doesn’t work for you. We have also shared a DIY method to solve this issue for you. Read on to know more.

Method 2: Bypassing The Motion Circuit

This method involves connecting a continuous light switch to the motion sensor. A normal switch has two contacts that help the current to pass through the on-state by bypassing the off state. The key of the detector also has the same output and functionality. So, if we connect both of these keys in parallel, the closed one will override the open one and we can trick the detector to stay on.

The first thing you need to do is route the cable from the continuous light switch to the motion detector.

You need to connect the two wires of the switch parallelly to the input and output. Whereas the other connections of neutral and ground would remain constant.

When you turn the light switch on it will bypass the motion sensor and the lights will stay on. This will ensure that the light stays on even if there isn’t anyone in the room or the detection area.

Final Word

Bypassing or overriding a motion sensor is a simple thing to do. You might just require some assistance if you are doing it for the first time. You can try the first method to see if it works for your detectors. If not, you can always have the second method to help you with how to trick a motion sensor to stay on. Try one of these and share your experience in the comments section.

Susan M. Heckart

Hi, everyone! I'm Susan Heckart, an interior designer and photographer who loves learning about new home appliances and gadgets. In my blog posts, I aim to provide information to help others like me make the most of their homes. Whether reading articles in a cafe or exploring new design ideas, I'm always keen to learn more about how to make our homes more functional and beautiful. Thanks for following along!

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