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I need to replace a motion sensor head but after what I have been reading, I cannot determine a quality unit. I have Heatn Zenith units now but it appears that their quality may have gone down. They did offer a 10 yr warranty but now it is only 2 years. Comments by people who purchased HZ dual bright heads rated them on the poor side.


Can anyone recommend a good unit that doesn't cost an arm & a leg?



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The Rab Light alerts are the most dependable that I've found, & I've tried a bunch. They are more expensive @ around $53.00 or so

but they work well & they last. I always hated callbacks on a job & these units have never let me down. Hope this helps.

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HW--thanks. I"ll see what my electrical distributor has as far as style & price. Two big box store units = one of these with just one labor install. I too hate doing the work more than once because of a cheaply made product and I'm working on my own house.

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Got myself a RAM Mini Sensor ( SMS500W). It was approx. twice the cost of a big box store one but if it performs as it reputation states, it is worth the price. Here are the specs if anyone is interested:


Surge protected

180 Detection Pattern

Quick installation with 5 second Test Time and Auto Test Logic

LED "on guard" indicator

Protected Manual Override with Auto Reset after 8 hours or at dawnProduct Information Specifications UL Listing

Suitable for wet locations.Country of Origin

Designed by RAB in New Jersey and assembled in TaiwanTrade Agreements Act Compliant

This product is a product of Taiwan and a "designated country" end product that complies with the Trade Agreements Act.GSA Schedule

This product is suitable for listing on the GSA Schedule of the US General Services in accordance with FAR Subpart 25.4Compatibility

Compatible with most electronic ballasts. Not compatible with instant start ballasts.Voltage

120 volts AC 60 Hz.Time Adjustment

5 seconds to 15 minutesQuick Test Time

5 second test time for fast installation. Works day or night."No Hands" Auto Testing

Auto mode starts after 4 minutes of testing. No adjustment needed.Photoelectric Control

Deactivates lights during daylight. Fully adjustable for 24 hour operation or custom applications.Manual Override

Double flip wall switch logic prevents activation by brief power outages. Resets after 8 hours. No extra wiring needed.Surge Protection

Withstands up to 3000 voltsLED Detection Indicator

LED glows red day & night for "on guard" deterrence.RF Immunity

Circuits fully shielded for maximum radio frequency immunity.Incandescent Watts Switched

500 watts @ 120 volts Fluorescent Watts Switched

250 watts @ 120 volts Ratings

5 amps Power Consumption

Negligible Time Delay

5 seconds to 15 minutes Manual Switch

None Ambient Light Sensing

Adjustable Adjustments

Time, ambient light & sensitivity Detection

180 detection patternSwitching Capacity

Relay On/Off Model Switches 240 watts when lights are mounted to sensor. 500 watts Incandescent or 240 watts Fluorescent of remotely mounted lighting @ 120 voltsPatents

RAB sensor and fixture designs are protected under U.S. and International Intellectual Property laws.Warranty

5 year sensor warranty

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