I have a closet that has two 30" doors that swing out (it's a total of
60.5" wide or so) and would like to find some sort of switch that will
activate only when the doors are open.
Do they make 120 Volt pin-type switches? If so, how can I rig it to
close the circuit (turn on the light) when the door is open and not
Yes, you want a "normally closed" switch (closes when NOT activated).
The door then holds the contacts open. Mine fits in the door frame on
the hinge side. Any good electrical supply house should surely have
them, maybe even Lowes or Home Depot.
Yep -- what you want is one of these:
You can find it at Lowe's or Home Depot -- but if you're not in a hurry, try
eBay. I needed several for a remodeling project earlier this year, and found
what I needed on eBay, new in the box, for *much* less than half the regular
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Be careful, many magnetic switches do not have the current capacity for
an incandescent light bulb. The most common magnetic switches are
designed for use in burgular alarms where the power levels are much
less than turning on a 60 watt bulb.
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