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Remote Electric Switch Question

bernithebikerbernithebiker Posts: 4,148
edited May 2015 in The cake stop
Having just installed 4 x 120W LED floodlights around our house, is there a way of remote switching them?

Because the 4 current switches are located inconveniently in the basement and are not easy to reach quickly.

Ideally, some kind of remote control, be it infra-red or wifi to be able to control the lights from anywhere.

However, walls are 3 to 4 foot thick granite, and wifi does not reach the basement.....

Any ideas?!

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  • diydiy Posts: 6,473
    https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_Index ... index.html
    There are wifi switches around, but you'd probably need a powerline based wifi extender too. Unless you need wifi in the basement, i'd look at radio based options.

    Infrared switches wont work through any solid object.

    I have just upgraded a bunch of infrared switches because my 3d projector was setting them off. Seems activ shutter 3d uses infrared.

    However, I'd think about what else you might want to do and consider smart home technology perhaps drive from a NAS/server. The vast majority of stuff in my home is DLNA based and I can drive from my iphone, even 10 year old amps can be adapted with low cost devices.
  • sungodsungod Posts: 14,339
    i'd look a system with powerline signalling

    from the sound of it you can put a switching unit in the basement in series with the existing switches then use remote switches and/or wireless via a transceiver module(s)

    http://www.uk-automation.co.uk/categori ... utomation/

    or the alternative would be as above use a wifi based system with powerline wifi extenders
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • bernithebikerbernithebiker Posts: 4,148
    Thanks very much - like the look of the Easyswitch FM solution, that would be perfect, could turn the lights on when returning home in car. Shame they want £20 to ship to France though....!
  • I put in something very similar to this (I can't find the one I actually bought),

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/quasar-two-channel-wireless-remote-control-kit-l27bk#

    to allow me to switch on the floodlight outside my garage. It's RF, so works through the garage door/wall and from 20m away. Single brick garage, so no idea about 3 foot thick granite.

    Cheap and easy to install too.

    There's a future for you in the fire escape trade...
  • diydiy Posts: 6,473
    Thanks very much - like the look of the Easyswitch FM solution, that would be perfect, could turn the lights on when returning home in car. Shame they want £20 to ship to France though....!

    TLC are a regional electrical supplier, they aren't really geared up for international. I use them a lot because they are trade prices and don't get all allergic to DIYers like some of the trade shops do. They also don't mind giving you advice.
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