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Maestro Occupancy Vacancy Sensor Wiring and Installation

This article provides resources on how to properly install a Lutron Maestro occupancy vacancy sensor switch. 


This article is expected to take 5 minutes to complete.

Knowledge Article Contents:

Before You Begin

1: MS-OPS2 / MS-VPS2 Installation

2: MS-OPS5M / MS-VPS5M Installation

3: Frequently Asked Installation Questions

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Before You Begin


Before installing your Maestro sensor switch, have the following items available: 

Flathead screwdriver 

Phillips-head screwdriver   


Maestro Sensor Switch

Prior to installation, confirm your wallbox contains either a true-earth ground or neutral connections. The Maestro sensor switch requires a neutral connection or true-earth ground connection to function.


Note: Neutral wires are commonly identified by a bundle of two or more white wires capped off in the back of the wallbox. If no neutrals are present, the sensor switch must be connected to the bare copper ground wire in your wallbox. If neither option is present, and your are controlling a dimmable lighting load, the MSCL-OP153M Maestro Sensor Dimmer does not require either connection to function. 

Here is a picture of a typical wallbox that contains a neutral connection (bundle of white wires) and a ground connection (bare copper wire):


Section 1: MS-OPS2/MS-VPS2 Installation

The MS-OPS2 and MS-VPS2 Sensor Switch can only be installed in a single-pole application. Click on the link below for the available installation resources:


Single-pole install (for lights controlled from one switch) 

Section 2: MS-OPS5M/MS-VPS5M Installation

The MS-OPS5M and MS-VPS5M Sensor Switch can be installed in a single-pole, 3-way, or multi-location application. Only one sensor switch can be installed in a 3-way or multi-location application.  Click on the links below for the available installation resources:


 Single-pole install (for lights/fans controlled from one switch)

Three-way install with a mechanical switch (for lights/fans controlled from two switches)* 

Three-way install with a Maestro accessory switch (for lights/fans controlled from two switches) 

Multi-location install with Maestro accessory switches (for lights/fans controlled from three or more switches) 


*This installation type requires re-wiring the existing mechanical switch with the included yellow jumper wire.

Note: Only one in-wall sensor switch can be installed in a 3-way or multi-location application.

Frequently Asked Installation Questions


Are the two black wires on the sensor switch interchangeable in a single-pole installation?

Yes, the two black wires are interchangeable.


How do I change the Timeout setting on the sensor switch?

Press and hold the on/off tapswitch and count the number of times the sensor lens at the bottom of the switch flashes. Release the tapswitch after the amount of amount flashes needed for your preferred timeout. The default setting of 5 minutes is highlighted in bold below.



Can I install the Maestro sensor switch at the 4-way location in my circuit?

Yes, as long as the MS-OPS5M/MS-VPS5M is also being installed with the Maestro accessory switches (model # MA-AS) at the remaining locations.


Can I leave the existing 4-way switch in and just rewire the 3-way mechanical switch? 

No, the Maestro sensor switch is a digital control. If the 4-way switch is flipped it will interrupt the sensor until the switch is flipped again into the opposite position. 


What do I do with the extra wire in my wallbox at the 4-way location?

Two wires will connect to the blue wire of the Maestro sensor switch (or blue screw of the Maestro accessory switch MA-AS) that is being installed at the 4-way location. Below is a diagram for reference:

For a PDF version of this diagram click here: