George Davis

01:52PM | 01/01/02
Member Since: 10/10/01
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I have an exterior light on an outbuilding but no wiring to the house. I would like to install some sort of RF gizmo on it so I can activate it remotely with something akin to my garage door opener. What's available?


03:29AM | 01/02/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
If your light in the outbuilding is powered from the same source (breaker box) as your house, you can get controls from your Radio Shak or from X-10 on the Web that will work.
You plug the light, or whatever, into a little remote-controlled switch that then plugs into the wall outlet. The remote-controller has pushbutton switches that allow you to turn on and off several of these.
This controller sends a digital signal through your house wiring that tells the switch to turn on or off. (That signal has no effect on your other AC devices.)
You can move the controller around, as it only needs to be plugged in to be used.
I have a dog that barks at night. I put a flood light on my porch, pointing in her direction, and a controller by my bed. When I hit the switch she shuts up. (don't know why but glad it works)

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited January 02, 2002).]


03:59PM | 01/02/02
Member Since: 12/19/01
29 lifetime posts
I have a metal garage which is about 75' from the house. It has a seperate electric service so the convential X10 wouldn't work. They have an X10 available which is like the remote entry to a car and the receiving antenna will telescope. It's supposed to work from outside and up to 75'. I tried this, but it wouldn't work at all from outside the garage. Might work if you have a wood sided building as metal structures throw signals all over the place. My garge door openers work from about 100' though, go figure. I wanted to have flood lights that I could turn on from the house without running a wire out there. Let me know if you find anything!



02:03AM | 01/03/02
Member Since: 11/05/01
98 lifetime posts
Lutron has a product that is called RadioRa that may work. It works on radio frequency and there are different settups for many applications. Try


06:39AM | 01/03/02
Member Since: 12/19/01
29 lifetime posts
Lutron RadioRa looks pretty neat. I did a quick design of a system that would work good for my house and the price was in excess of $4000.00! And that was a very basic system, controlling 5 switches from 4 remote locations. Really didn't seem like there was much to it for that kind of money. I think I would have paid $500 for it, max.
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