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Forum topic by bbc557ci posted 07-15-2015 06:13 PM 1800 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2015 06:13 PM

Hey fella’s. Been a while since I’ve been here. Too darn bizzy working :o(

Anyways, I’m looking to put up a light on the outside of my garage/shop. To avoid messing around with running a wire into the house for a switch, I was thinking of using one of those remote switch thingy’s. Anyone use one, any suggestions on a brand and or where to buy one? I’ve checked the local box stores and haven’t found any. I can put the sensor/receiver inside the shop so it won’t be subject to the elements.

Any input would be appreciated…Thanks!!

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#1 posted 07-15-2015 06:55 PM

You mean a radio remote?
Or a dusk to dawn sensor?

The radio remotes are available all over the place. Even HD and Lowes.

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#2 posted 07-15-2015 07:34 PM

In order for it to be to code, I’m pretty sure you have to run it through an appropriate switch.

Now, if one were to do it without needing to comply with code, they could use something like this and put a grounded plug on the end of the leads from the light INSIDE the house, run a receptacle and put the remote switch on the wall. Similar devices with small remotes instead of a remote switch are available online.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#3 posted 07-15-2015 08:47 PM

crank – I checked with Lowes and Home Depot. Neither place had any and when I asked about them, I got the deer in the headlight look at both places. I could stop at ACE or similar places while on the road, just don’t think of that as I’m driving along.

HokieKen – Thanks for the link. If I don’t find one that I can just pick up, pay for, and walk out the door then I’ll have to order on line. Or, just go thru the bs of fishing wires lol.

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#4 posted 07-15-2015 10:01 PM

My outdoor light has a sensor on top that works just fine. Is that what you are talking about.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 07-15-2015 10:37 PM

Bill, are you looking for something like this? It is available at HD.

-- Art

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#6 posted 07-16-2015 01:47 AM

Take a look at the Lutron Maestro wireless system. We have used them at work in a few places and it works well.

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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#7 posted 07-16-2015 03:35 PM

By a remote switching unit for a ceiling fan. I have been using one for ceiling lights in my living room for years, works great. Just don’t loose the remote. Set in the J-box with the antenna wire exposed to the outside. I velcroed the remote to the wall so everyone knows where it is. Change the AAA battery once a year.

-- frosty

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#8 posted 07-16-2015 03:52 PM

+1 to what frosty said. I have inatalled them for ceiling fans. Not sure about the speed settings though. Probably have to use the high speed button all the time.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#9 posted 07-16-2015 05:50 PM

Litionia, infrared signal bounces of anything in the room you do not have to ‘point it’ at the switch, works like magic. Got mine from Lowes hardware.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 07-16-2015 06:38 PM

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#11 posted 07-19-2015 12:03 AM

I can control inside shop lights and shop exterior lights from my house about 50 feet apart. I used Insteon.

In the shop I swapped out the regular light switches for Insteon on/off switches (I don’t need dimming for shop lights). In the house I swapped out my switch that controlled the screen porch light with an Insteon 6-button controller.

So, basically, I swapped out 3 light switches for 3 smarter light switches. Get the dual band ones (radio and power line signaling).

Insteon also makes a small remote about the size of a regular paddle switch if you don’t want to swap anything in the house. When mounted on the wall it looks like a decora light switch with extra buttons.

I looked at Lutron….. WANTED Lutron…. but it was just too expensive.

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#12 posted 07-20-2015 02:10 AM

Link to the wireless remote switch at Home Depot.
As usual their left hand does not know what their right hand is doing.
This switch is $4.98
I got mine even cheaper after Christmas; when they were clearing out decorations.

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#13 posted 07-21-2015 04:07 AM

Yep, Lowes or HD have them. I use the ones for the ceiling fans. Dim-able and can be found in ceiling fixture area.

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