On 8/13/2010 4:59 AM, mm wrote:
I don't think you understand the layout:
This first shot is what I see from upstairs looking down. There obviously is a light at the base of the stairs but it usually is off.
The second shot is from the other side of that door into the garage from the living area. The door in the background is into the driveway.
The third shot is of the back wall of the garage from the other side of the central shaft (where the stairwell is). This back wall parallels the entire back side of the house and separates the garage from my workshop. The workshop has its own lighting which is not controllable from any other place.
The last shot is of the garage from the front. Picture #1 would be on the inside on the right side of the image; picture #3 would be on the left and the stairwell is directly behind the center door but is accessed from the right hand bay.
So the problem was that when I was looking down the stairwell in picture #1, I couldn't tell if the lights were on in the garage with that door closed to the stairwell. Don't worry about any of the exterior entrances to the house; I know upstairs if any of them is open.
Anyway, there is a light switch on the inside of the stairwell at the bottom; another just inside that front door to the outside; and a third just inside the workshop next to the doorway into the garage. All of those switches can control the overhead fluorescent lights in the garage. Those overhead lights are the ones I'm concerned with; the ones I sometimes forget to turn off.
Was this clearer?
In any case, I'm going to try a peephole as earlier suggested since they're only about $4 at Lowes.