Dec 30th, 2006 1:15 amTrevorK Deal Expert Aug 2, 2001 17082 posts 7442 upvotes

Dec 30th, 2006 1:15 am


I"ve been wondering about this for a bit, and have basic ideas in my head. But I"m sure other people have thought of it, and I"m sure that means there are kits out there already. Hopefully someone can help me?What I"d like is when I open my closet door to have my light come on inside. Then, when I close the door I"d like the light to go off.If I can get picky, I"d also like this switch to be as hidden as possible. It"d be nice if you couldn"t see it.

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Dec 30th, 2006 3:00 amt3359Deal Expert
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There are tons of funny light control switches at Home Depot - I haven"t seen it myself, but there may be something that does this there...bjl
Dec 30th, 2006 7:13 amTrevorK Deal Expert Aug 2, 2001 17082 posts 7442 upvotes

Dec 30th, 2006 7:13 am


I"ve thought of that, and I think it"s a good idea that"s guarenteed to work.But I would assume there would be some sort of switch that would be easier to work (as in it"s off or on), and is much cheaper to buy the parts.
Dec 30th, 2006 7:14 amTrevorK Deal Expert Aug 2, 2001 17082 posts 7442 upvotes

Dec 30th, 2006 7:14 am


t3359 wrote: ↑There are tons of funny light control switches at Home Depot - I haven"t seen it myself, but there may be something that does this there...bjl
You need a door activated switch.This switch goes into the door jam and has a little button on it that the door presses on.I don"t know how easy it is to do after a door is installed though. I have seen these at home depot. We have one on our pantry door and it is really good. Wish we had put one on our linen closet. Let me know how you make out.Jay.
my dad had this on two of his homes,,, back in the 80s. Was a very simple switch he bought it at RONA. Worked great for the cold cellar door.
I just saw a TV commercial about a product like this. It uses what looks like a magnetic type switch to turn on/off an LED light that you stick on. It looked pretty decent actually, but I can"t comment on the build quality. 2 for $19.99 is what they were advertising I think. I can"t remember the name of the product since I"ve only seen the commercial once, but keep your eye out for it.
I will assume that you want to integrate this into an existing light switch and existing door.Basically what you need is a contact from the door and a relay to turn the light on and off.I am not sure if there is any off the shelf product that will do this but if you want to DIY, this is how I will approch it.Install a magnatic door contact into the existing door and run the wire through the door frame. It will be the best if you can get the wire through the frame and up between the dry wall to where the light switch is.Get a relay that is rated for 120V, since it is just a light bulb, any 120V relay should do, but check the Amp rating just to be safe. And wire the door contact into the coil side of the relay and run the hot side of the 120V coming out from the existing light switch through the relay just like how you will wire up a normal light switch.So now, if you switch the light switch ON, it will light up when the door is open and close when the door is close. but when u have the light switch off, the light will stay off.hope it helps....
Jan 2nd, 2007 9:42 pmTrevorK Deal Expert Aug 2, 2001 17082 posts 7442 upvotes

Jan 2nd, 2007 9:42 pm


baboo wrote: ↑I will assume that you want to integrate this into an existing light switch and existing door.Basically what you need is a contact from the door and a relay to turn the light on and off.I am not sure if there is any off the shelf product that will do this but if you want to DIY, this is how I will approch it.Install a magnatic door contact into the existing door and run the wire through the door frame. It will be the best if you can get the wire through the frame and up between the dry wall to where the light switch is.Get a relay that is rated for 120V, since it is just a light bulb, any 120V relay should do, but check the Amp rating just to be safe. And wire the door contact into the coil side of the relay and run the hot side of the 120V coming out from the existing light switch through the relay just like how you will wire up a normal light switch.So now, if you switch the light switch ON, it will light up when the door is open and close when the door is close. but when u have the light switch off, the light will stay off.hope it helps....
This is what I"m looking for - the door switches I"ve seen are too bulky.Thanks - I"ll look into building this!
I was looking to do something in our hall way closet. These are some things I have found.http://lighting.gillroys.com/Lights_&_f ... 14233.htmlhttp://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/ ... /ref=nosim
TrevorK wrote: ↑This is what I"m looking for - the door switches I"ve seen are too bulky.Thanks - I"ll look into building this!
No problem, keep us updated on how the project turns out!!...
For that above to work you will also need a small power supply to deliver power to the door contact and to activate the relay.Plus you will have to put it in an electrical box to make it up to electrical code etc.It might be more hassle than its worth.
Jan 3rd, 2007 9:58 amTrevorK Deal Expert Aug 2, 2001 17082 posts 7442 upvotes

Jan 3rd, 2007 9:58 am


loudsubz wrote: ↑For that above to work you will also need a small power supply to deliver power to the door contact and to activate the relay.Plus you will have to put it in an electrical box to make it up to electrical code etc.It might be more hassle than its worth.

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I have two electricians in the family - if I can tell them what exactly I want done, and source the parts, then I won"t have a problem getting it put in
baboo wrote: ↑I will assume that you want to integrate this into an existing light switch and existing door.Basically what you need is a contact from the door and a relay to turn the light on and off.I am not sure if there is any off the shelf product that will do this but if you want to DIY, this is how I will approch it.Install a magnatic door contact into the existing door and run the wire through the door frame. It will be the best if you can get the wire through the frame and up between the dry wall to where the light switch is.Get a relay that is rated for 120V, since it is just a light bulb, any 120V relay should do, but check the Amp rating just to be safe. And wire the door contact into the coil side of the relay and run the hot side of the 120V coming out from the existing light switch through the relay just like how you will wire up a normal light switch.So now, if you switch the light switch ON, it will light up when the door is open and close when the door is close. but when u have the light switch off, the light will stay off.hope it helps....
This is a good concept, however if you"re using a relay, you will need a secondary voltage source for the relay coil. Where is it coming from?? Why not just simplify things with getting ONE limitswitch rated at 120v and cut out the middle man? They"re not very bulky and since they"d be behind closed doors, it doesn"t really matter. I fix industrial machinery and have seen many styles/varieties of these switches. Electrosonic carries them, but since the OP has electricians in the family, they can source them easily, I"m sure.
Jan 22nd, 2007 12:19 pmSupershyguyDeal Addict Feb 16, 2003 2039 posts 4 upvotes

Jan 22nd, 2007 12:19 pm


Or you can use X10.http://www.smarthome.com/prodindex.asp?catid=2When I will move to my new house, everything will be on X10
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