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Sav505 12-04-2007 10:08 PM

Automatic Closet Lights
 
I have several closets in my house with pull chain lights in them. They get left on all the time. I would like to install door jamb switches in them. I have seen the normal push button type switch, and also a roller ball switch, but I cant find a magnetic switch.

I don't want the push button kind because you have to install it on the side of the jamb. It would be a lot easier to drill a hole from above with a long drill bit, and install a roller ball, or magnetic switch. I think a Magnetic switch would be a lot nicer because you could flush mount it, but the only one I can find is for alarm systems.

Does anyone know about any magnetic light switches out there?

Chris Johnson 12-04-2007 10:30 PM

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Couldn't find anything magnetic

How's your humor level tonight? This is the best I could come up with...must wear sunglasses

Sav505 12-04-2007 10:52 PM

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Haha! The closets are way too small for that! But it might not be a bad idea to get an inexpensive one and put one regular bulb in it....Hmm

The one I attached was my original idea, but it's $30. I think a jamb switch would be better for the money.




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Chris Johnson 12-04-2007 10:56 PM

Jamb switches I know of require you to remove the trim, some drywall run a wire, patch it all up and paint. I use the $ 30.00 sensor. Actually HD has a cheap one for around $ 9.00, Not the greatest but if it works, great, if not hey it's HD they take back everything

frenchelectrican 12-05-2007 12:11 AM

speaking of closet luminaires the codes are very strict with this no open indscent bulbs in the clothes closet allowed you can add a motion switch when someone open the closet or use the door jamb switch one of the two will work good with it.

Merci, Marc

Stubbie 12-05-2007 11:44 PM

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How about this closet light relay and a set of magnetic contacts at the door instead of the jamb switch.

http://www.westernsafety.com/amprobe...107-rc120s.jpg
http://www.tequipment.net/RemconRC-120S.html

wiredog 12-07-2007 06:31 PM

door jam switches require femoving the door frame and cuttin dry wall i recomend as others have the sensor on the light

chris75 12-07-2007 07:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Stubbie (Post 78694)
How about this closet light relay and a set of magnetic contacts at the door instead of the jamb switch.

http://www.westernsafety.com/amprobe...107-rc120s.jpg
http://www.tequipment.net/RemconRC-120S.html


That was my idea!!!! I've been doing that for years!

Stubbie 12-07-2007 07:54 PM

Yep it's a pretty slick way to go. Speedy Petey showed them to me about 3 years ago.

Sav505 12-07-2007 08:05 PM

The relay is a great Idea, but on the web site they are $37.15. I think I would would be better off with the $29 motion sensor. I have 6 closets that I would like to do this in, so I don't want to spend too much money.
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door jam switches require femoving the door frame and cuttin dry wall i recomend as others have the sensor on the light

I was thinking that with a magnetic switch, I would be able to go through the top of the jamb straight into the attic with a long drill bit.

I just found thesehttp://www.hamiltonsensors.com/glpca...=4719_4720&p=2
I wonder if they would work.

chris75 12-07-2007 08:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Sav505 (Post 79132)
The relay is a great Idea, but on the web site they are $37.15. I think I would would be better off with the $29 motion sensor. I have 6 closets that I would like to do this in, so I don't want to spend too much money.



I was thinking that with a magnetic switch, I would be able to go through the top of the jamb straight into the attic with a long drill bit.

I just found thesehttp://www.hamiltonsensors.com/glpca...=4719_4720&p=2
I wonder if they would work.


The magnets will only work if they are NC (normally closed) magnets, otherwise the light will come on with the door closed instead of the door open.

chris75 12-07-2007 08:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Stubbie (Post 79128)
Yep it's a pretty slick way to go. Speedy Petey showed them to me about 3 years ago.

I use them in Progress Fluorescent lights, (P7008-30) They work very well together.

Stubbie 12-07-2007 08:52 PM

Great I'll file that away....:)

Speedy Petey 12-08-2007 06:29 AM

The problem with an occupancy sensor is where to put it. If the closet is small and the sensor is inside it may not sense you as you are 180 deg and behind from the sense area.
For large walk-in closets they work fine.

With that relay NO damage or repair is needed. You can put the ball contact in the top or side jamb and snake the lo-vo wire up to the attic quite easily.

Heck, I can typically put in a line-volt jamb switch with no damage at all also. They can be done "old-work".

Troubleshooter 12-08-2007 09:55 AM

This relay and ball contact system sound like just what I need also! Got a link to the parts needed to complete this install from scratch?


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