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Remote Control For Shop Lighting

Discussion in 'Other Tools' started by dancom, Mar 15, 2014.

  1. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I (probably like many) have the odd fluorescent light strip over a workbench or two or five. In my shop, I have five of the dual 4 foot T8 type around fluoros in the shop at various stations. They are the kind that are pre-wired with standard 120V plugs.

    When I closed up shop, I had to make my rounds to visit each station and turn the lights off. About this time last year I got an idea and bought one of those wireless remotes that switches relays on and off.

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    Each relay is good for 1200 Watts (10 A), which is plenty for most light fixtures. One could also wire a smaller shop-vac and use the remote to start it when you are grinding/sanding. In the event the remote battery dies, you can switch the load at the relay they have manual On and Off buttons.

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    The remote is supposed to work up to 60 feet. Mine sits by the door and the furthest light is about 30 feet away--seems to work fine. Since I've had this running (and through the winter) and the setup works perfectly. The battery that came with the remote is still kicking. I bought this from Amazon.ca for $35.

    So now when I leave the shop, I stand by the door, shout "LIGHTS OUT!" in my best Drill Sergeant voice; press 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, salute and be gone.

    Thought that you guys might like this.

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    Dan
     
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  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Oh great. I knew I shouldn't have read this thread. I'm a sucker for gadgets and an Amazon Prime member to boot. I can think of a few places it might be handy.
     

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