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Moved Kitchen but forgot to move outside light switch

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by BuggBairn, 18 Apr 2019.

  1. BuggBairn

    BuggBairn

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    Having had our kitchen completely relocated to another area of our house I'm planning on converting the old kitchen into a play/gaming room for my 2 sons.

    The project is 99% complete but I've now realised that I should have relocated the lightswitch that controls 3 outside lights. The switch is located inside the kitchen at the back door.

    Any suggestions as to how I could possibly relocate or wirelessly control these lights from our new kitchen?
     
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    Bugg,
    Not a perfect (or evebn great) solution, but.......
    Leave light switch where it is and switched on.
    Buy: Kightsbridge Weatherproof Outdoor - Remote Controlled Switch Boxes
    Then put this box outside on cable going to lights.
    Then use remote in Kitchen.
    https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_I...nightsbridge_Weatherproof_Remote_Switch_Boxes

    Or chnage outsid lights to movement senstive ones, or add PIR to them to switch them on.
    SFK
     
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    I feel the "Change all lights to PIR units" might be my solution but from experience I'd probably be walking into dark areas waiting on activation of each unit. We have a small woodland in very close proximity at the back of the house. I'd also worry that on windy nights the tree movement would start a disco at the back of my house.

    The wiring to these three separate lights is pretty concealed to the point that I don't think they're daisy chained.

    I was hoping for some sort of RF remote control and internal switch but unless I'm wrong my belief is that such a switch would require a permanent live feed.
     
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    Have you had a look inside the switch yet to see if there is a neutral- might get lucky, if you do there are loads of options
    Or the outside light might be on its own circuit- if so again loads of options

    Otherwise trace the switch pair back til you find a neutral or put whatever receiver you pick in a waterproof enclosure at the first of the fittings in the line
     
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    Bugg,
    So I am never in the dark, I have two stand alone PIR's bi-wired, and one at each end of pathway so that eiher will swtch onb all the lights and ensure that not in dark.
    They are on a longish time so no disco effect.
    But yes trees, cats, and ghosts do randomly set them off, and although the LED bulbs are v cheap to run, their being on when no-one is there does annoy me much much more than it should.
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    I do need to do a bit digging about/testing before I come up with a final solution. The outside wiring just seems to pop out from behind soffits etc, I'd rather keep any additional wiring to a minimum.
     
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    Have a look at the cost of running a 4W LED lamp, all night, on a photocell, for a year.

    The cost is trivial, and less that the cost of a PIR.

    You could even run it 24hours a day and save money, if you could put up with the interfering busybodies.
     
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    Quinetic switch (plus a receiver unit)...

    https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_Index/Quinetic/index.html

    ...doesn't need power at all. Available in MK grid format so it can go in the same faceplate as some other switches in the kitchen.
     
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    Or (and steady yourselves, everyone, as this is a bit of a radical idea) you could have a switch at each end of the path.
     
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    I'll read up on this, looks promising thanks.
     
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    If i was starting from scratch that could be a possibility. The cables are all behind facial boards and we'll hidden.
     
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