Second light from the garage door opener courtesy light


Old 07-04-11, 05:34 PM
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Lightbulb Second light from the garage door opener courtesy light

I have been swimming through the Internet and have found absolutely nothing. I want to add a second light in my garage when the opener's courtesy light comes on. The garage is two cars wide and deep (30'x34', I think). The courtesy light is dim and illuminates only forward near the garage door. The rear of the garage remains dark. My thought is to add a current tap to the light socket and run a second light farther back in the garage. There is a space to run the cable out of the opener, but I may just leave off the translucent light cover depending on space. A simple solution is to use a work light.

Any obvious issues with this cunning plan? :NO NO NO:

This is just after the new floor was done:
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Old 07-04-11, 05:50 PM
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Well...other than possibly ruining your opener...sure you could do

Seriously...the only way that would work is if you underlamped both the opener and worklight. Even then it's probably not electrical code legal.

Why not install a hardwired fixture and use a motion detecting switch? Depending on what parts you already have, it could be done for about $60 or less.

New floor looks good. How much did it cost? Now you want to cheap out on some sort of jury rigged extra lamp?

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Old 07-05-11, 05:06 AM
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I'll add brutality to Vic's comments. The courtesy light is only on for a few minutes and is designed to give you time to park and exit, or illuminate permanent lighting. I'd leave it serving it's original purpose and either place 3 way switching in the garage for general lighting, or a motion sensor for additional courtesy lights.
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Thanks for the replies. I now know that my cunning plan isn't such a good one. The motion sensor light is a better idea.

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