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Intenseman 09-30-2012 11:12 PM

garage opener light
I'd like to wire my garage opener light to turn on from a switch from the side door entrance so I'll be able to see when coming in the side door at night. Am I able to do this using a door bell switch or possibly even a second console?

Thank you in advance,

JasperST 10-01-2012 07:42 AM

I believe it's controlled by the circuit board to time out after so many minutes. So it would be far easier to simply wire up a separate light using traditional methods, why reinvent the wheel?

NHtransplant 10-01-2012 09:07 AM

Those are wired into a circuit board. The wall switch that I have for my opener has a motion sensor in it that turns the light on when anything moves. You could look into replacing what you have on the wall with one of those. I'm not sure it's possible but you can check with the manufacturer of your opener.

ddawg16 10-01-2012 09:50 AM

Your opener should have an option for a wall mounted unit that also includes a light button. Mine has one.

Get the model # off your opener and see what options are available for it.

Most of the newer ones use 2 wires to control all the just installing a simple button is not going to work.

Intenseman 10-01-2012 01:53 PM

So would I be able to wire up a second console near the side entrance so I would be able to turn on the light as opposed to wiring up a separate light and a 3 way switch?


ddawg16 10-02-2012 12:56 PM

You should be able to.....get the model # off your opener and check the web site of the manuf.

bigbearbear 10-04-2012 05:30 PM

I have an alternate solution which might work better for you. Most garages are also wired with ceiling lights with a switch located somewhere in the garage itself. What you can do, is to replace the standard on/off switch with a motion sensing one that automatically turns on the light for you. This way, your garage will be automatically light with more lights when you come in with your car, or if you enter via a side door and the motion sensor detects your movement.

Marqed97 10-04-2012 05:52 PM

I wanted a light in a window in my detached garage for early mornings, one that shined thru a bit to light up the outside door and the inside. I bought a little plug in box that is controlled by a little fob (like you have for keyless entry on a car). I bought a plug in light bulb adapter, screwed a flood bulb into it, and plugged the box into a ceiling outlet near the window. Perfect!

I also use it sometimes with Christmas lights. Best $15 I've spent in a long time. The fob works up to about 150' away by my testing. Just an idea.

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