I have a customer with a somewhat surreal lighting system in her flat.
Two main rooms - a lounge & a bedroom. No light switch in the bedroom and a
two gang switch in the lounge which operates both lights. Its the other
side of two door ways away from the bedroom IYSWIM.
Not practicable to wire in another switch for varicose reasons.
Is there a remote control she could use? I've seen one where the remote
replaced the switch but cant remember where I saw it or if it worked on a
two gang switch.
for some odd reason the sitting room in our new (to us) house doesn't
have any wired in lighting. The previous owners had lots of standard
lights etc.. No I don't understand it either.
Now we have sufficient lighting in the room, but it's pretty
inconvenient to have to walk into the room in the dark and then find the
standard lamp, so I to install a ceiling light. but I really want to
avoid running wires down the wall to the switch (Yeah I know I can run
trunking etc. But TBH, its years down the redecorating list I imagine,
I'd like to avoid looking at it, and there would be a picture rail and
the nice Victorian cornice to get past as well.
So I'm looking for some sort of wireless lighting switch that can switch
a relay or whatever in the ceiling to turn the light on and off. I'm not
looking for a remote control type thing, i'd just leave that lying
around the room and not be able to find it in the dark.
I bet that there has been wiring for a switch in the past. I'd get a
cable tracer / metal detector and search round the (door none hinge
side) for evidence. It wouldn't surprise me to find rolled conduit
that you could pull through.
in this situation I'm pretty sure there isn't, though I did think about
it - my cable detector is still stashed in box in the garage right now,
and I'm not lifting the bedroom carpet until I have to.
however, it seems that wiring for most electrical stuff was first
installed in this house in the 1960's - when it was sold in the 1960's
in had been in the same owner ship since the 1920's and still had the
range in the kitchen, gas lighting etc.
The previous owners bought it in 1983, I spoke to them about it when
viewing the house and they said it had not been there when they bought
the house, and they understood it hadn't been wired it at all.
Certainly no evidence of the old rolled conduit anywhere around the
wireless lighting switch in Google turns up lots of possibilities.
I think it's a brilliant idea, personally, because you can put the switches
I'd look into X10 products. When I was looking for a solution to a
similar problem some time ago, I came across remote controls that are
designed to be stuck to the wall and look like (American) light
switches, rather than being hidden down the back of the sofa. I can't
tell you exactly *where* I saw them but Google should help.
It would be easier, and probably more convenient, to have this remote
control operate your existing free-standing lights - no need to install
a ceiling light. Prepare for a loud "clunk" whenever you switch them on
or off, though.
You are probably thinking of this...
You will also need one of these to convert RF X10 to mains borne X10...
Then you can use lamp or appliance modules on table lamps, such as
and professional X10 wired-in modules to switch fixed lighting, such as
Appliance modules use relays and can handle larger loads.
Some of the lamp modules use triacs and can dim the load.
BTW, I have no connection with Cyberselect -- it was just the first
website I could think of which lists all the X10 parts, and I have
used them as a supplier.
One of those sound activated gizmo's? Clap your hands twice, or mutter
"let there be light!"?
Looking for disused cabling as suggested sounds a good idea though you
might find (if it's victorian) it's old unusable stuff (which you might
if lucky be able to use to pull through newer). I'd scout around in the
floorboards above to find out what kind of cable it is.
Thanks Andy, but no requirement for a dimmer and at those prices it would be
far cheaper to run a cable. When I said not practicable to wire in another
switch, I should have added 'at a reasonable price'. The cost of a
transmitter & reciever seems to be damn near two days of my labour!
Dave, do a search on X-10 home automation controls. There is a unit
that goes behind a switch plate, and another that controls a light.
Control is by impressing a switching signal on the mains. I have some
of the 13a variety - one turns my kettle on every morning for the last
ten years for my morning brew <G> (There is also an X-10 system that
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