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indy 12-06-2009 07:54 PM

Wireless Switch
I would like to turn on and off my outside lights with a wireless switch (Transmitter and Switch).

The current switch is 70 feet away from the house in a separate garage
Load is 1000 Volt with 20 amp

Any idea's where to get this kind of switch ?

Any other options ?


Billy_Bob 12-06-2009 08:07 PM

I've had trouble with wireless things not working. People have even had trouble with their wireless keys not working for their cars.

The problem is too many wireless "signals" in the air and this can "jam" wireless devices.

Also metal walls, siding, etc. can interfere with the signals.

With that said, I would suggest going to a local home improvement store and buying something there. Then if it did not work, you could easily return it.

Otherwise online... Following is a search for "home automation" and all sorts of web sites selling all sorts of gadgets for this...

jerryh3 12-06-2009 08:23 PM

1000V at 20A? You sure?

Scott3229 12-06-2009 08:27 PM

where are you getting 1000v at your house? :wink:

indy 12-07-2009 08:06 AM

There is 100 amp subpanel in the garage. This subpanel is not being used for anything else.

jerryh3 12-07-2009 08:11 AM


Originally Posted by indy (Post 362643)
There is 100 amp subpanel in the garage. This subpanel is not being used for anything else.

Your original post states a load of 1000V at 20A. Assuming this is a mistake, and you are just referring to a normal outdoor light, there are wireless transmitters and receivers that can be wired to outside lights. I had a security motion light that could be controlled by a wireless transmitter. Any home center should carry these and they are simple to install.

Scuba_Dave 12-07-2009 08:19 AM

Maybe load is 1000 watts ? Normal household voltage is 120v
If high output lights - sodium, mercury vapor (?) they could be 240v

So (4) 250w lights = 1000 watts ?

Unless you have football field/skating rink etc outside your house :wink:

indy 12-07-2009 08:45 AM

My mistake, it's 1000 Watts max load for all the lights

rjniles 12-07-2009 02:46 PM

Most of the wireless switch units I have seen are rated 500 watts maximum, incandescent only. If you are using sodium vapor or other non-incandescent, chose your product carefully. Also be aware of the maximum power that the unit can handle.

journeymanj 12-07-2009 05:10 PM

if the lights you have are incandessent, go to theyll have something to work for you. Ive had pretty good luck using their products in the past.

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