Electrical Wiring for Spot Lights
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Installing Spot Lights for a Garage
Electrical Question: I have a single-car detached garage with an overhead electric door. The garage has a dawn to 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 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 110 volt 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 welcomed.
Mike in Cleveland
This electrical wiring question came from: Mike, a Handyman from Cleveland Hts, Ohio.
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Thanks for your electrical wiring question Mike.
How to Monitor the Position of a Garage Door
Mike, there are a number of ways you could monitor the position of your garage door, here are a few:
- Install a limit switch on the rail of the garage door track which will detect the position of the door.
- Install an IR or infra red eye which will sense if the door is closed, much like the existing door position sensors.
- Select a garage door system that has a built in monitor.
- Be aware that altering the door opener system may void the warranty.
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