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My office building is a green building. This means it's supposed to be energy efficient and have a low carbon footprint. One of the ways they (try to) achieve this goal is by not having any light switches. Instead, every light is connected to a motion sensor with an "off" button. If you turn the motion sensor off, the light won't turn on. If you turn the motion sensor on, the light will only turn on when the sensor thinks someone is in the room.

Even the bathrooms have motion sensors on the lights. The sensors in the bathroom must be on pretty long timers, though, because they've never gone off while I've been sitting in a stall, hidden from the sensor. In contrast, the lights in my office go off a few times a day, if I don't move around at my desk enough.

I can tell when it's quitting time, because lights in the bathroom actually have a chance to turn off. Usually this happens around 5. Today must be a Friday, because they were off by 3:30.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to stand up and wave my arms around - the lights in my office just went off.


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Nov. 6th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately they also use low water toilets... which makes the bathrooms stink...

Nov. 6th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Just on the 4th floor.
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
They did this to my building as well, except that the rooms are all set to have the lights go out at around 7:30pm, unless you hit the "1 hour" extension every hour.

And the bathrooms are set for about 25 min. If it takes longer than that to go to the bathroom... then diet changes are in order.

Oh, yeah... we had ones that you could flush again if they didn't clear the bowl... and turned off those buttons, so if it's still there after you left - there's no way to clear the remnants from someone else's misfortunes.

Welcome to feeling really green (as in around the gills)!!
Nov. 7th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
I worked in an office like that, except the sensor thingie in the bathroom only triggered the timer the first time it sensed someone. If the first person left and someone else came in, it wouldn't reset the timer.

Which means if you're in the stall, you're going to be stuck in the dark until you can feel your way (eeew) over to the stall door (one of the stalls in the men's room was a gigantic handicapped stall about 5 feet wide and 10 feet long), then you have to stumble blindly across the room because the sensor was aimed at the doorway, not into the room.
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