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Old 09-28-2008, 12:08 AM   #1
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My wife and I just went to ikea and spent alot of a PAX wardrobe with sliding doors. I would like some suggestions on fitting lights inside both wardrobes that come on only when the door is open please, I am unable to think of a good solution.

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closet switches

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And these are going to work well with a sliding door? Where would I buy these switches?
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No you can't use that switch with a sliding door. Thats a door jam switch used only for doors that you pull or push open. Go to your local electrical store and you can buy a magnetic switch. To be totally honest with you I dont recall the name of it. But It is a two part switch you install one part on the door and the other part of the wardrob itself. When you open the door it breaks contact and sends power to the light. Same idea for a fridge. Just explain to them what you want to do and ask for a magnetic switch that can do that.
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Be aware that many magnetic switches for doors are designed for "low voltage" and "low amperage" security system use and would be dangerous to use if connected to house current.

Switches have "ratings" for the contacts. So be sure the switch can handle the load and is designed to be used with house current.

Also you could have a low voltage set-up with a low voltage transformer, low voltage security type switches on the door(s) and then use a "contactor" or "relay" to switch the lights on.

The low voltage switches would turn on the "contactor", then this in turn switches on the lights. The contactor contacts would be rated to handle the house current.
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Here is a perfect product for your application...

http://www.tequipment.net/RemconRC-120S.html

I sell these all the time and just use low voltage alarm magnets for the control wiring... You need Normally Closed type magnets for this to work correctly.

Here are the magnets I use...


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