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Old 04-29-2009, 06:48 PM   #1
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4 way switch with pilot light for garage

We closed in part of our garage to add a hall to another room. We have a 4 way switch that controls the lights in the garage (that I wish I would have moved before we added drywall) that is now separated by the new wall. I wanted to add a pilot light to the 4 way switch so I can see when garage lights are on.

I can't find a 4 way switch with a pilot light. Does anyone know if/where I can get a 4 way with pilot light? If not does anyone have any ideas on how I could add a pilot light (easily)?

Here is a diagram I created to try and explain


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Old 04-29-2009, 07:32 PM   #2
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It is not possible to equip a 4 way switch with a pilot light.

The 3 way switches at the ends of the traveler run of a 4 way setup can be equipped with inverse pilot lights (night lights) where the switch is lit when the light controlled by the switches is off. There are some limitations on the kind of light bulb for the light being controlled, notably the switches might not light up when you use low wattage compact fluorescents.


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Old 04-29-2009, 07:51 PM   #3
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The other soluation is add a poilt light above the door so that way you can able bring the XX-2W/G conductor from one of the luminaries to the junction box above the door and use one of the polit light and there are few diffrent styles you can use something like this.,,


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that is one common way to slove the issue there.

and the other idea is use the stairway luminaire { you can use 7.5 watt bulbs } that will work very well as that too.

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Thanks for the responses. Adding pilot light above door sounds like my best option short of moving the 4 way inside of the garage like it should have been. It may even be easier to put a small window in the hall to the garage... that way I could tell if I left garage door open too.

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How about an occupancy sensor in the garage? Bypass the 4 way in the hall, walk in the garage you got light, turns off after you leave.
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