Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-06-2008, 08:28 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Cincinnati
Posts: 321
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Door opened. Light went on.


I just saw the neatest thing. Someone showed us the door to their kitchen pantry. When they opened the door, the light automatically went on. I believe it had some special type of wiring, because it had to do with that metal catch on the side of the door close to the door knob. Does anyone know what type of light/wiring I need to buy to set mine up that way?

proofer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2008, 08:44 PM   #2
Retired from the grind
 
gregzoll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Midwest - Central Illinois
Posts: 14,209
Rewards Points: 2,080
Default

Door opened. Light went on.


You can either use a switch that opens when the door closes, or use a Sensor that senses a person. Friends of ours have a Proximity switch with a sensor that allows for the light to turn on when someone gets near the switch. Plus for their Hallway, and Pantry.

gregzoll is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2008, 09:01 PM   #3
Power Gen/RS Engineer
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Oak Park, Illinois
Posts: 751
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Door opened. Light went on.


Proofer-

This was discussed at length a few months ago herein. Try this:

Automatic Closet Lights

If that doesn't work, do a search for "automatic closet switch." There was a lot of good information in there.

Good luck,
Jimmy
__________________
Well, now, there's what's right and what's right and never the twain shall meet.
BigJimmy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2008, 04:18 AM   #4
Ash
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Israel
Posts: 63
Rewards Points: 75
Send a message via MSN to Ash
Default

Door opened. Light went on.


A simple microswitch will do. Just put it in a plastic box for protection

Ash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2008, 07:33 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 47
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Door opened. Light went on.


Quote:
Originally Posted by BigJimmy View Post
If that doesn't work, do a search for "automatic closet switch." There was a lot of good information in there.

One of my friends has an older farmhouse with the closet switches and I think they would probably be your best bet.

Last edited by AtlanticWBConst.; 08-19-2008 at 06:54 AM. Reason: Site Rules Violation: Advertising Link Removed From Signature
Charles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2008, 08:14 AM   #6
Member
 
joed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Welland, Ontario
Posts: 7,663
Rewards Points: 2,130
Default

Door opened. Light went on.


You need a door jam switch like one of these.'

http://www.residential-landscape-lig...b_switches.htm



joed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2008, 12:17 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 308
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Door opened. Light went on.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Ash View Post
A simple microswitch will do. Just put it in a plastic box for protection

If you're going to use such a switch, it must be mounted in an approved wiring box (preferably plastic for safety, i would think), and be connected using approved wiring (Romex, etc)
Alternatively, you can use surface raceway and THNN wiring. Just make sure it's in some sort of approved enclosure and wiring meets code. I've seen such hookups done with SJ cord or even lamp cord. This is not recommended, or allowed.

FW
fw2007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2008, 12:19 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 308
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Door opened. Light went on.


Correction: THHN, not THNN.

FW
fw2007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2008, 12:35 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NW of D.C.
Posts: 5,990
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Door opened. Light went on.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Ash View Post
A simple microswitch will do. Just put it in a plastic box for protection

And in my own house, I didn't even use a box, just heat shrink tubing and a microswitch from my junkbox. The risk is tiny, but it's not zero.
I calculated the overall risk and the possible "cost" and I decided.

This arrangement will be stripped out by me if I sell the house.

But, for the houses and neighborhoods and lives of others, for me it's the NEC. It has a "longer memory" and is "smarter" than any one person.

Of course, if you use 12v it's a whole 'nother ball game. You still need to protect the closet contents from hot bulbs, though.

Last edited by Yoyizit; 08-07-2008 at 12:46 PM.
Yoyizit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2008, 04:27 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 308
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Door opened. Light went on.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Yoyizit View Post
You still need to protect the closet contents from hot bulbs, though.
That was my thinking when I installed a light in a closet that never had one. I was going to use a floodlight socket (outdoor type) with a standard bulb, attached directly to the junction box, but realized that if the bare bulb should come in contact with anything in the closet, there could be a fire.
I picked up a globe fixture from HD for about $7. Much better than my original idea.

FW
fw2007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2008, 05:35 PM   #11
Member
 
joed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Welland, Ontario
Posts: 7,663
Rewards Points: 2,130
Default

Door opened. Light went on.


Your original idea is code violation.
joed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2008, 05:53 PM   #12
Retired from the grind
 
gregzoll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Midwest - Central Illinois
Posts: 14,209
Rewards Points: 2,080
Default

Door opened. Light went on.


Tell that to the Insurance Claims adjuster when they deny your Fire Claim because they found a Home-Owner Hack Job that burned down your residence, or Rental Apt.
gregzoll is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2008, 11:05 AM   #13
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NW of D.C.
Posts: 5,990
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Door opened. Light went on.


Quote:
Originally Posted by gregzoll View Post
Tell that to the Insurance Claims adjuster when they deny your Fire Claim because they found a Home-Owner Hack Job that burned down your residence, or Rental Apt.
My insurance company gives my house 1 chance in >500 of a fire from any cause that totally destroys my house within the next year [divide the yearly premium by the replacement cost of the house].
It'd be even better odds if the fire dept. was closer than the one mile away that it is now.

I, the installer of this [alleged] hack job, have 1 chance in 50 of dying from any cause within the next year.
I'm sure my insurance company also knows my odds and maybe has already factored them in for any policy I have with them.

Gentlemen, place your bets!

Yoyizit is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Adding second light switch to an existing light TexasEd Electrical 7 08-15-2008 06:22 PM
Whirlpool Microwave light issue mustangcobra44 Appliances 8 08-14-2008 03:52 PM
Adding a light to an existing 3-way connection nthomp16 Electrical 2 07-21-2008 06:57 PM
Need to replace can light with standard light Woodcutter Electrical 3 02-29-2008 07:06 AM
Hot Light Outlets Materials Guru Electrical 5 07-31-2006 07:11 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.