My son has a shed for his dogs along with a fenced in area outside
it. He'd like to install a floodlight on the shed so he can check on
the dogs at night. Is there a remote control system that he can use
inside his house to turn on the lights when needed? The shed is about
150 feet from his house.
Kinda loud, ain't they? :)
Have you bought from them? Good experience?
Seems like a nice price on a 4 camera tiltable surveillance system --
$269 -- Costco has non-tiltable 4 camera, about $1 K, but has the recording
Photocell, relay, and strong flashlight? Set it up so first hit from the
light turns the relay on, and the second turns it back off? Put the
photocell at the bottom of a foot-long pipe aimed at the house bedroom
window, to reduce nuisance switching?
Just an idea....
There is power to the shed. He'd like to turn on the light late at
night while in his bed near the window. Lazy I know but that's the
Use an X-10 system from Smart Home or others. You can have controls in
different parts of the house. Lazy? No, good security. I can turn on a
couple of outside lights from my bed. I can turn on the family room and
light over the door from my car.
On Thu 12 Nov 2009 09:04:00p, Ed Pawlowski told us...
I really like the X-10 system. In a previous home in Ohio, virtually every
light in and outside of the house had X-10 controllers. We had control
pads in strategic locations throughout the house, including next to the
bed. I also had a key fob button for use in the car. One press of the
master button on any panel and every light in the house could be turned on
or off or dimmed. Obviously, individual zones could be controlled
independtly, as well.
If I'd get off my lazy butt, I would do the same in our present house. :-)
~~ If there\'s a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~
I had a customer once who tried to teach me "Quality Control Thinking." One
aspect was to ask the question "What then?"
So, your son "checks on the dogs." Well, what then and what is he checking
* Use of alcohol after hours?
* Neighborhood dogs who have been banned?
* TV watching after curfew?
I mean the dogs are either in condition "X" or they are not. What will your
son do in either eventuality?
Good point. I assume the dogs have a shelter out there in the pen. Are
they supposed to come to the fence and sing out when the lights come on?
Unless the dogs learn to associate the light with either something good
(a visit and attention from the 2-legged pack alpha, and maybe a late
snack) or something bad (a scolding or worse from the pack alpha if they
don't shut up when the lights come on), any condition that resulted in
the lights coming on isn't likely to change without walking out there.
Animals in pens do self-train. Visited a rural petting zoo behind a
veggie stand with the niece and nephew last year, and it was amazing how
fast all the animals got into position for the little automated feeding
machines, as soon as they heard a car door. The goats climbing over each
other to get on top of their little shed where the hopper came down was
amazing, and more than a little depressing.
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