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Old 03-15-11, 12:28 AM
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I have a long hallway that the bedrooms come off of and at night it's very dark and I don't want to turn on the single bright light fixture that's in the middle of the hall ceiling and wake people up, Is there a dimmer light that is motion activated that I could install in the hall without it looking weird and out of place maybe even battery operated if the battery's last that long , wouldn't be good if I had to change them every few days,lol.

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Old 03-15-11, 06:46 AM
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Do you have switches at each end of the hallway or just a single switch at one end?

Have you considered a plugin LED nightlight?
 
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Old 03-15-11, 08:16 AM
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We did what Jim suggested. We have an LED nightlight that resembles a theater foot light with louvers that shine down on the floor, so it isn't so bright in the hall itself. Lights it up just enough to see without having to wake everyone up with the lights in the hall itself. Note on the right side of the package: Amazon.com: Feit Electric 8 LED Nightlights: Lamps & Light Fixtures
Or try for example: Progress Lighting - P8538-30 - Wallbox Vacancy Sensor with Dimmer in White | CSN Lighting
 
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Old 03-15-11, 01:01 PM
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Those look nice but I don't have a outlet plug in the hall and only have the one light switch on one end.
 
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Old 03-15-11, 06:38 PM
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If you have the one switch, you can use the motion detector. It can operate at a pretty wide angle.
 
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Do you have a receptacle on the inside of the hallway wall? It should not be hard to jump to the other side of the wall and install a new receptacle.
 
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No I don't have any receptacles on the other side of the wall either.

the motion detector switch says manual on and auto off, besides I still don't want the bright hall light coming on to keep from waking people sleeping.

I do appreciate the ideas though,thanks.
 
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Old 03-15-11, 07:59 PM
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If there is an unfinished attic above installing a receptacle shouldn't be too hard.
 
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Old 03-16-11, 11:29 AM
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yes there is a unfinished attic, I have never installed a outlet but i guess i could learn.
 
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Lightbulb Try a small light bulb or battery lite

Two ideas that could work before getting into wiring!

1. If you do not mind a poorly lit hallway, you could try replacing the light bulb with a very low wattage bulb (say 7 or 10 watts). Of course, you would always have only this much light!

2. Replace the light switch with a dimmer switch and remember to leave it at a very low setting. There are a variety of dimmers priced from $5-6 going up to $75 or more. Some stores have a few samples that you can try.

3. There are battery operated lights that could work. They look like a big button that you step on to turn on or off. You can place these anywhere. Of course, how long the batteries last will depend on the usage! These probably cost $2-3. (probably less at a thrift shop).
 
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Old 03-19-11, 01:16 AM
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thanks for the ideas, the dimmer switch is a good idea but I still have to feel my way to the switch at night,lol.
I like a motion detector idea then it would come on automatically , but would have to be a separate light so it could be dimmer.

thanks for the help.
 
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Night Light

If you have a bath room on the hallway, install a night light in the bath room and leave the bath room door partially open at night.
 
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