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Old 04-15-2011, 07:58 PM
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Remote Control Light Switch?

I am looking for a simple on/off light switch with a remote.

My Garage/shop is just about 100' from the house.
I have outside floodlights on the shop.
They are controlled by a switch inside the back door of the shop
HOWEVER - it would be VERY nice if I could turn those lights ON when leaving the shop for the night (so I can see what I am about to trip over!) and turn them OFF when I get to the house. (And turn them ON from the house if I am going to the shop after dark.)

Yes I could bury a wire and install 3-way switches, but other factors make this impractical. Therefore I am looking for a remote-controlled light switch that will work at a range of 100 feet plus, and I do not need it to include a dimmer.

Since garage door openers work at ranges longer than that, I can't help thinking that is shouldn't TOO difficult or expensive to do, and I suspect that I am not the only one to want such a thing

Has anyone come across such a thing?

Basically (as I imagine it to be) it is just a wall-mounted switch that has a RF receiver built in to toggle back & forth between off & on

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Most people use a motion sensor activated flood light system. You move in or out of the garage and they come on for a period of time and you can set the sensitivity of the motion detector. You can also check out a home center for remote light systems. I know they have them because ADT security has remotes for home use. Good luck.

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I've seen lots of remote controlled switches and outlets, but none I've seen work beyond 60 feet.
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I like the motion sensor system the best.

Goes on and off automatically.

Anyone that has no business being around the garage will get lit up so there's no need for night vision scope on the rifle.
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I like the motion sensor system the best.

Goes on and off automatically.

Anyone that has no business being around the garage will get lit up so there's no need for night vision scope on the rifle.
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I converted all my flood lights to motion sensor activation, and I just leave them on. The sensors for the lights above my driveway area use a two stage system. For the first four hours after dark they come on at about 1/2 power to light the driveway. If anything activates the sensor they go to full power. The sensors on the back of the garage just use the single stage motion sensor.

Complete light kits, or add-on sensors are sold at Lowes, Home Depot and Wal-Mart. There are 180 degree and 240 degree sensors (use on the corner), and some sensors have the two-stage light-saver mode I mentioned above. Most of them are Zenith or Honeywell brand.

There are also remote RF light switches, but you would probably have to find them online. I have not seen them in the local stores.

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I bought a plug in reciever w/ remote you can plug other things to. Got it to light up some decorative yard lights. Didn't work worth a dam. Living room window's about 30 feet away from it and I had to stand on my tiptoes to get it to work, sometimes. Finally chucked it.
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