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Old 12-28-2013, 01:07 PM   #1
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Garage Lights Turn on Automatic but Also Have an Independent Switch

Like most garage door openers my garage door light comes on when it opens, and stays on for about 30 seconds. I am installing 6 Maxcor DLR56 LED Lights 15 watts per light to replace an existing fluorescent light.

How can I wire an independent switch to turn the lights on at anytime, but also continue to have the lights to come on and turn off each time the door opens?

Thus, when the doors opens, all lights stay on for about 30 seconds and then turn off, but I want to also be able to go back to the garage and turn on a light switch that would keep lights on until I turned them off.


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Old 12-28-2013, 04:23 PM   #2
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Install a motion sensor switch for the new lights. The switch will sense the door opening and turn on the lights.


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Old 12-28-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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Thank you for your prompt reply. I think you are correct about the motion sensor. I realized I was probably trying to make something overly complicated with there was a much simpler ans straight forward solution, such as you suggested.

Appreciate your time. I do plan on running down the best manufacturer and going with what you said.

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Most normal motion detectors use infrared to detect movement. Since the door is basically the same temperature as everything else a motion detector may not be able to detect the movement of the door.
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Whats wrong with a SPDT switch,
one position goes external supply
And the other position goes to door supply
Easy as !
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