What's the best way to link up the garage lights to a garage opener? Our
opener has very poor source of light. I would like the overhead lights to
turn on when the garage door opens. Is there some kind of device that I
can add to the switch that can be activated in conjunction with the opener?
Sometimes the opener light is activated by a relay. If the relay is
rated high enough you could just lift the contactor leads and parallel
the hot to your lights. If it's solid state you could just replace the
feed to the bulb with a relay that would parallel your light switch.
I'm sure you could also do this with 10X others know more about that.
If your overhead lights are not on a 3-way switch:
Low-tech and most work would be to wire the coil of a 120v relay in
parallel with the light that is connected to the opener.
Then, wire the relay contacts in parallel with the overhead-lights
switch, such that whenever the relay is closed the normal light-switch
is, in effect, bypassed.
Not sure how you'd have to modify this idea to make it code, but this
is a starting point for making it happen.
A more reasonable method might be to look into those fancy light
controller systems and see if they have an 'add-on' for doing this.
Usually opener has two light bulb sockets to take 2 60W lamps. Not
enough? I installed motion sensor based light fixture inside garage.
When we walk in from side door it lights up and goes out after certain
delay(adjustable). If car is coming in, both lights comes on which gives
more than enough light.
You might want to try substituting CF (compact florescent) lamps for the
light you now have. Use as high a wattage CF as you can find that will fit
and is not greater than the max indicated for the fixture. That will
usually give you 3-7 times more light.
You may be correct about the motion-sensing switches, but the OP was
talking about the lights on the garage door opener.
Modern CF do remarkably well in cold weather. They start slightly
dimmed and brighten in a short time.
If you can live with a seperate remote for the garage lights, X10 will
work. You need one of the wireless remotes, a transceiver that plugs
into any outlet and converts the wireless to X10 powerline, and then an
X10 wall switch to replace the existing switch. Check out smarthome.com
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