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Old 10-10-2012, 07:56 PM   #1
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Outdoor lamp posts triggered by touch

My first project for my new subpanel is to run a GFI protected circuit to a 120V receptacle by the well. I want to continue this circuit to feed at least two lamp posts along my sheds. The lamps are to light a walkway and area leading up to a horse stall. My daughter feeds the horse early in the morning and would like some light. There is a motion flood light on the house that will help light the way to the first lamp post. I'd prefer to not have these lamps motion based or dawn to dusk. I am not going to trench up the length of my backyard again for a switch at the house either. My mother recently purchased a china cabinet that have lights that can be turned on by touching a hinge. I thought about installing something like this touch dimmer in the lamp post so my daughter just simply has to walk by and tap anywhere along the post to turn it on. Do you think this is feasible and safe? Do you have any other recommendations for turning the lamps on and off?


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Old 10-10-2012, 08:03 PM   #2
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Just buy motion sensative lamp post.


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Old 10-10-2012, 08:06 PM   #3
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The dogs sometimes trigger the motion floods on the house, which is why I do not want motion triggered lamp posts. A simple switch at the post would work but I'd rather her not have to look for it, plus it seems like it'd be fun so long as it's safe.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:20 PM   #4
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Feasable and safe....yes. But the touch lamp technology isn't too different from the GFCI technology. I'm wondering if when the posts are touched they may trip the GFCI? Does Carlon have an answer for that?
In theory it should work fine...you know, like "cash for clunkers" worked so well.
Do you want it your way or the right way?
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:43 PM   #5
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Whilst a touch plate switch could work !
There is the problem of false triggering to consider,
If the switch is not in some semi enclosed enclosure
them high humidity and / or dust can set them off.
You would need an enclosure and a regular cleaning
and preferable not used in high humity area's.
If you live somewhere it's dry, it should be ok !
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