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Wireless Occupancy Sensors for Lighting Controls

COURSE NO: E01-012
Wireless Occupancy Sensors for Lighting Controls
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides basic information on wireless occupancy for lighting controls.


Lighting use constitutes about 20% of the total energy consumption in commercial buildings. Adding lighting controls is a simple retrofit option than can save on energy costs while helping to meet agency and federal energy savings mandates. Some energy codes and federal standards require the use of lighting controls.


Studies have shown that adding lighting controls can reduce lighting energy use 10% to 90% or more depending on the use of the space in which the sensors are installed. One study conducted on a university campus found that installing wired occupancy sensors to control lighting in more than 200 rooms in 10 buildings provided an annual cost savings of about $14,000 with a simple payback of 4.2 years.


This 1 PDH online course is applicable to electrical engineers and others interested in gaining knowledge about wireless occupancy for lighting controls for a better sustainable design.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with the different types of occupancy sensors and their characteristics including microphonic, ultrasonic, bluetooth, video image and dual technology
  • Gaining a general overview of the codes and standards of lighting controls
  • Learning about the types of light source to use for occupancy sensors
  • Understanding how wireless sensors are powered and the best practices in using wireless sensors
  • Learning about the cost considerations for wire and wireless sensors
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, " Wireless Occupancy Sensors for Lighting Controls”, which is based on the US department of Energy document “Wireless Occupancy Sensors for Lighting Controls: An Applications Guide for Federal Facility Managers”, dated December 2019.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credit. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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