Discover the energy-saving potential of corridors with Rayzeek’s occupancy sensor design guide. Uncover the power of automated lighting control in your commercial building’s passageways.

Lighting the Way to Energy Efficiency in Corridors

Corridors, whether in commercial buildings, educational institutions, or healthcare facilities, are high-traffic areas that often remain illuminated throughout the day, leading to significant energy consumption. These spaces typically use fluorescent or LED lighting, which, while energy-efficient, can still contribute to high energy costs when left on unnecessarily.

The challenge lies in the fact that corridors are intermittently occupied, with periods of high foot traffic interspersed with times of vacancy. Traditional manual lighting controls can lead to lights being left on during these vacant periods, resulting in unnecessary energy waste.

By integrating our occupancy sensors into your corridor lighting system, you can ensure that lights are only on when needed, saving energy and reducing costs. Our sensors, including wall and ceiling-mounted options, are designed to comply with US Energy Codes, making them an essential component in meeting energy efficiency requirements for commercial buildings.

Meet the Energy Codes

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is a model code developed by the International Code Council (ICC) to establish minimum design and construction requirements for energy efficiency in buildings. The IECC is updated every three years to incorporate the latest in energy conservation practices and technologies.

IECC, Why You Should Care

IECC is widely adopted by states and municipalities across the United States. IECC covers various aspects of energy use, including the building envelope (walls, roofs, and windows), heating and cooling systems, and lighting systems.

IECC mandates specific lighting controls, such as occupancy sensors, to minimize energy wastage in unoccupied spaces in various areas.

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Sites and Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is a widely recognized energy standard published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

ASHRAE 90.1, Why You Should Care

ASHRAE 90.1 is used as a benchmark for building energy codes across the United States and serves as a compliance path within the IECC which outlines minimum requirements for the energy-efficient performance of commercial buildings’ components including building envelopes, HVAC systems, water heating systems, and lighting systems.

ASHRAE 90.1 standard specifies maximum allowable lighting power densities and minimum lighting control requirements, including the use of occupancy sensors in specific areas.

Title 24, part 6 of the California Building Standards Code, officially known as the Building Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings, Title 24 is administered by the California Energy Commission and is updated periodically to reflect new energy efficiency technologies and methods.

Title 24, Why You Should Care

Title 24 is known for its rigorous requirements, often considered more stringent than those found in many other energy codes across the United States. Title 24 mandates strict energy performance standards for all aspects of building construction, which includes heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), water heating, and lighting.

Title 24 requires the installation of occupancy sensors that adjust lighting based on room occupancy in specific areas of commercial buildings to ensure that energy is not wasted.

Energy Code Adoption by State

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StateCurrent Commercial CodeCommercial Code Efficiency Category
AlaskaNone statewideNo statewide code
ArizonaHome rule<90.1-2007
Arkansas2009 IECC and 90.1-200790.1-2007
California2022 Building Energy Efficiency Standards90.1-2019
ColoradoHome ruleNo statewide code
Connecticut2021 IECC and 90.1-201990.1-2019
Delaware2018 IECC and 90.1-201690.1-2013
District of Columbia90.1-2013^90.1-2019
Florida2021 IECC and 90.1-2019^90.1-2016
Georgia2015 IECC and 90.1-2013^90.1-2013
HawaiiHome rule90.1-2013
Idaho2018 IECC and 90.1-201690.1-2013
Illinois2021 IECC and 90.1-201990.1-2019
Iowa2012 IECC and 90.1-201090.1-2007
KansasHome ruleNo statewide code
Kentucky2012 IECC and 90.1-201090.1-2007
Louisiana2021 IECC and 90.1-2019^90.1-2016
Maine2015 IECC and 90.1-201390.1-2013
Maryland2021 IECC and 90.1-2019^90.1-2019
Massachusetts2018 IECC and 90.1-2016^90.1-2019
Michigan2015 IECC and 90.1-2013^90.1-2013
MississippiNone statewideNo statewide code
MissouriHome ruleNo statewide code
Montana2021 IECC and 90.1-201990.1-2019
Nebraska2018 IECC and 90.1-201690.1-2013
Nevada2018 IECC and 90.1-201690.1-2013
New Hampshire2018 IECC and 90.1-2016^90.1-2013
New Jersey90.1-201990.1-2019
New Mexico2021 IECC and 90.1-2019^90.1-2019
New York2018 IECC and 90.1-2016^90.1-2016
North Carolina2015 IECC and 90.1-2013^90.1-2010
North DakotaHome ruleNo statewide code
Ohio2021 IECC and 90.1-2019^90.1-2016
Oklahoma2006 IECC and 90.1-2004<90.1-2007
Pennsylvania2018 IECC and 90.1-201690.1-2013
Rhode Island2018 IECC and 90.1-2016^90.1-2013
South Carolina2009 IECC and 90.1-200790.1-2007
South DakotaHome ruleNo statewide code
Tennessee2021 IECC and 90.1-201390.1-2007
Texas2015 IECC and 90.1-201390.1-2013
Utah2021 IECC and 90.1-2019^90.1-2019
Vermont2021 IECC and 90.1-2019^90.1-2019
Virginia2021 IECC and 90.1-2019^90.1-2019
Washington2018 Washington State Energy Code90.1-2019
Tennessee2012 IECC and 90.1-201090.1-2007
Texas2015 IECC and 90.1-201390.1-2013
Utah2021 IECC and 90.1-2019^90.1-2019
Vermont2018 IECC and 90.1-2016^90.1-2019
Virginia2021 IECC and 90.1-2019^90.1-2019
Washington2018 Washington State Energy Code90.1-2019
West Virginia90.1-201390.1-2013
Wisconsin2015 IECC and 90.1-2013^90.1-2010
WyomingHome ruleNo statewide code
  • ^ When an amendment impacting energy efficiency can be quantified using DOE Prototype Building Models, they were captured in the analysis.
  • For states adopting both IECC and 90.1, the IECC code is usually analyzed as the state current code in this study except for states with extensive amendments to the IECC.

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Design Guide Key Concepts for Corridors

Designing an energy-efficient lighting control solution for corridors involves strategic placement of occupancy sensors to ensure comprehensive coverage of the space.

In a corridor, the primary goal is to ensure safe and well-lit passage for occupants while minimizing energy waste and all potential access points and the entire length of the corridor are covered by the sensors. Here are some design considerations:

  • Sensor Placement: For long corridors, multiple sensors may be required. Ceiling-mounted sensors can be placed at regular intervals along the length of the corridor to ensure comprehensive coverage. Alternatively, wall-mounted sensors can be placed at both ends of the corridor, with their coverage areas overlapping in the middle to avoid any blind spots. Also, consider the height and range of the sensors to ensure they can effectively detect movement across the entire corridor.
  • Sensor Type: Depending on the ceiling height and the presence of any potential obstructions, either ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted sensors can be used. Rayzeek’s ceiling sensors offer automatic ON and full OFF functionality, while our wall sensors provide manual ON and full OFF functionality.
  • Additional Manual Controls: In addition to occupancy sensors, manual controls can be integrated for instances where manual override is necessary. These controls can be conveniently located near entrances or exits.
  • Avoiding False Triggers: Sensors should be placed such that they do not directly face doors leading to other spaces, external light sources and air vents, as this could lead to false triggers when movement is detected in these adjacent spaces.

Wall Sensor Switches

RZ020/021 Motion Sensor Switches

  • 2-wire, 3-wire, 4-wires wiring options
  • Occupancy, Vacancy, Manual ON/OFF
  • Adjustive time delay and ambient light control

Multi-Location Wireless Wall Sensors

RZ020A/021A + RZ022W Kits

  • Hardwired RZ021A/022A occupancy sensor switch
  • Wireless companion switch (RZ022W) for multi-location control

Ceiling Occupancy Sensors


  • Hardwired occupancy sensors
  • Auto ON, auto OFF
  • Line voltage and Low voltage available

Core features included:

  • Integrated manual ON/OFF control for all lighting
  • Vacancy sensors (Manual ON only): Lights must be turned on manually only
  • Adjustable time-delay, lighting is automatically turned full OFF after 15mins
  • Additional: multi-location wireless kits to expand the control range without re-wring
  • Additional: multiple wiring options available for both new constructions and retrofit projects.

Meets the Mandatory Provisions

IECC – 2011

C405.2.1 Occupant sensor controls

Occupant sensor controls shall be installed to control lights in the space.

C405.2.1.1 Occupant sensor control functions

  • Manual on or partial on to no more than 50% power.
  • Full off within 20 minutes after all occupants have left the space
  • A manual control to turn off the lights.

Full automatic-on controls with no manual control are permitted in corridors where manual operation would endanger occupant safety or security.

C405.2.1.4 Occupant sensor control function in corridors.

Occupant sensor controls in corridors shall uniformly reduce lighting power to an occupied setpoint not more than 50 percent offull power within 20 minutes after all occupants have left the space.

Exception: Corridors provided with less than two footcandles of illumination on the floor at the darkest point with all lights on.

ASHRAE 90.1 – 2022 a Local control

There shall be one or more manual lighting control device that provides ON and OFF control
of all lighting in the space. g Automatic reduction control

The general lighting power in the space shall be automatically reduced by at least 50% within 15 minutes of all occupants leaving the space. h Automatic full OFF control

All lighting in the space shall be automatically shut off within 15 minutes of all occupants leaving the space. i Scheduled shutoff

All lighting in the space shall be automatically shut off during periods when the space is scheduled to be unoccupied.

** NOTE: At least one h or i shall be implemented.

Title 24 – 2022

130.1 (a) Manual area controls.

Each area enclosed by ceiling-height partitions shall provide lighting controls that allow the lighting in that area to be manually turned on and off.

130.1 (c) Shut-OFF Controls.

In corridors, lighting shall be controlled by Full or partial-OFF occupant sensing controls that separately reduce the lighting power in each space by at least 50 percent when the space is unoccupied. The occupant sensing controls shall be capable of automatically turning the lighting fully ON only in the separately controlled space, and shall be automatically activated from all designed paths of egress.

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