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Turn On Outdoor Lights with a Garage Door Opener
How to Operate an Outdoor Light with the Garage Door: How can I turn on an outdoor light with my automatic garage door opener?
Garage Door and Outdoor Light Connection
Electrical Question: How can I turn on an outdoor light with my automatic garage door opener?
- I have a single-car detached garage with an overhead electric garage door.
- The garage has a dawn to driveway light dusk light fixture mounted above the overhead door that I hard wired to a second fixture on the side.
- When I am inside the home at my back door, I cannot see the front of the garage or its garage door thus I do not know if the door is up or down.
- I wish to remove the dawn-to-dusk and replace it with a standard spotlight fixture. What I would like to know is do you have a thought or two about how I might hard wire a 110v switch that turns on this new fixture as the door moves up (ON) or down (OFF)?
- I can only think of placing a receptacle box near the edge of the moving door that strikes a light switch. Somehow, I think that may be a bit too easy?
Your thoughts are appreciated.
Mike in Cleveland.
This electrical repair question came from: Mike, a Handyman from Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Mike
How to Operate an Outdoor Light with the Garage Door
Application: Installing Electrical Wiring for Outdoor Lighting to be Controlled by a Automatic Garage Door Opener.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a licensed electrician.
Tools Required: Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools for electrical Wiring as needed for the garage door opener.
Estimated Time: Depends on the extent of the project and available access to the project area.
Precaution: Identify the electrical circuit to be configured, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring or upgrading existing electrical circuits and wiring should always be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Outdoor Lighting Controlled by an Automatic Garage Door
There are several ways to control lights using the operation of an automatic garage door system which I will explain below:
Control Devices that can be wired into the Light Circuit
- Automatic Garage Door Light Circuit: Wire a control relay into the garage door unit light circuit.
- Optical Sensor: Sensors can sense of the garage door open or closed.
- Mechanical Limit Switch: A limit switch can sense the position of the garage door.
- Latching Relay: A time delay relay can be activated by the garage door motor circuit.
- Home Automation Module: Use X-10 or home automation modules to control the garage door and also the outside light.
- As with any electrical project, any of these options would have to be wired according to the National Electrical Code and should be inspected by your local building authority.
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