remote control of light fixture

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Old 12-28-07, 08:47 PM
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remote control of light fixture

I have a long skinny room that serves as a living room on one end and a dining room on the other. There is a ceiling fixture more or less in the middle of each area. There is just one wall switch that controls both fixtures. Is there any way I can add something external, like a remote sensor, to one of the fixtures that would allow me to turn one fixture off and on independent of the other?

It would be a load of trouble to run a new switch as this is a house built in 1873 with strange walls. I know it can be done but probably not be me so Iím looking for a way to avoid hiring a pro.

Any thoughts would be more than appreciated.

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Old 12-30-07, 02:09 PM
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You would need two remotes; one for each fixture. Leave the wall switch on. A receiver is installed at each fixture. The two transmitters would have to be programmed on different frequencies by setting the dip switches on the receivers.

Be sure to turn off the power at the breaker before installing the receivers.
 
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Thanks wirepuller38. At least I now know what I want to do is possible. I have been hunting around on the net and so far have not turned up anything other than receivers that you plug things into. Could you point me to somebody that sells what you are referring to? And would they be wired in line to the fixture or be something the bulb would screw in to? If wired inline would the receiver tuck up into the box?

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You can try the leviton X-10 compatable controls.
The links provided are from Smarthome. I have purchased these before by going into Radio Shack and looking in the cataloge that is on the counter. The friendly store person will need to place an order for you.

These are the recievers.
http://www.smarthome.com/2250.html

This is one of the keypads offered. It has two swiches.
http://www.smarthome.com/4214wr.html

At each keypad location you will need one of these also.
http://www.smarthome.com/4210R.html
 
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Old 01-01-08, 04:08 PM
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Light Control

I was thinking about a ceiling fan remote when I posted my reply above. It would have some extra buttons, but it should work. And probably less expensive.
 
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