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I've been thinking about when I get my own house this summer. What do you all think about having a "master switch" in the bedroom that turns all the lights on in the house? If someone broke in it would probably scare them away, and it would save having to rely on a weaponlight/handheld completely.

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Sounds like a decent idea, but I am unsure about the wiring that it would take to accomplish. I bet there is an electrician or two around that can tell us if it is possible without a complete "smart home".
 

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lots more wiring atleast. Also If you have a bright light and the BG does not , you get the advantage. Lights is a even playing field.
 

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Electrical would be a nightmare in an existing structure, if it's new construction and you do so prior to hanging the drywall, it shouldn't be to bad of a job. If it is an existing home, you might look into X10 light switches in each room, with a control panel in the bedroom. It'd be way easier (and cheaper) than reworking the entire house!

Not sure that I disagree with Rocky or not, a housefull of light may very well drive the guy away, but it's no longer a tactical advantage, since you and the BG have the same light... Hmmmm.
 

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For $100, you can get the home security system at Radio Shack that has two door/window sensors and a motion sensor. With it comes a keyfob that turns the alarm on/off, and also has the option of turning all or selected lights on when you buy light modules. You can get additonal motion detectors, door/window sensors, and keyfobs. It's wireless and with the keyfob, you can activate the lights when you come home, before you go inside.
 

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Also check out X-10, I think they're still in business. They make all kinds of modules for controlling lights and other things.
 

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The wiring would be a nightmare and getting it to pass code would be a problem with all the extra wire you would need to run..

You would have to worry about all the draw since you couldnt have them on one circuit it would be to much and cost a mint
 

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So you put a radio controlled servo switch on the master electrical panel. Probably pretty cheap and no long wires.
 

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All is possible but - whether practical is another matter. Indeed in an existing house - no, I think too much complexity.

Not so sure Bud re circuit loading - let us guess at (easy figures) - 20 x 100W luminaires - which is 2kW - and so not much over a 15A breaker - scale that down a bit and a 15A would cut it.

I do think tho it would be possible to have selected light units (table lamps, tall lamps - etc) - all fed by discrete radio controlled sw's in receptacles - one master Tx could trigger that lot in one hit.

All that aside - there is the advantage to BG as well as us! Interesting thought tho.
 

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Do check out x10, they make all kinds of remote items. I am planing to get the universal remote, and use there replacement plugs, and switches. I will be able to turn lights on the ground floor, basement, and out side. Keeping me in the shadows, and the BG in the light.

You can even integrate the x10 switches, and plugs with your PC. So you can turn on, and off lights automatically when you are not at home, or even remotely over the web.

Radio Shack re brands x10 products.

http://www.x10.com/home2.html
 

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Betty and Glock21 are on top of this remote moduals to keep your area dark and selected areas light-
 

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I've used the X10s for security purposes. You can replace standard switches with the x10's and plug-in's for wall sockets and control just about anything in the house.

You can do the X10 system yourself and not change wiring. You may have to get an electrician to install the switches if you don't feel comfortable doing that.
 

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Using the X10, Home Depot also makes great add-on gadgets that allow you to turn lights on when a motion sensor gets tripped. In my old place, I had a driveway and porch light that would be triggered by someone driving up the driveway, or walking up the walkway. When this light got triggered, it would also trigger a small interior lamp in each room of the house, so I could tell if someone was walking or driving up. It worked great when I was asleep; as the light would wake me up, and the sudden light would discourage "evil doers".
 

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I experienced some X10 failures when I was using them - I don't mean failure to operate, but they seemed to "die" sometimes and required replacement.

Anyone else notice any durability/dependability/reliability issues with the X10s?
 

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The X10 systems sounds good...just remember:

"If it's electrical or mechanical, it's not a matter if it's going to fail, just when."

Keep a bright light next to your bed and practice the carry and use of it in the dark. Sorta like a BUG, but a BUB (back up brightlight)...aarrrghh, I must go attend my AA meeting (Acronyms Anonymous).

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If you really wanted the whole house to go "light," I'd look at putting one additional light in every room and wire them to a single switch.

But for me, I'd rather the whole house go "dark."

"Darkness is my Friend."

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madmike said:
But for me, I'd rather the whole house go "dark."

"Darkness is my Friend."

mm
I'd have to disagree, unless your house is so cluttered that any intruders would break their necks trying to move without lights or you intend to go hunting. Once everyone is in the safe room, if everything except the safe room is lit, he would be at a distinct disadvantage if he tried to enter the darkened saferoom. Especially if, while he was getting to it, you were shifting furniture around the room so that once he broke through the door, he would be stopped in a very small kill zone.
 

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Clapper

A little "light" humor. Just install a clapper in each room. Then run through the house clapping in each room. Sorry, I could not resist.
 

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grnzbra,

In my house, if the dog was somehow absent, the next thing an intruder would likely discover is that he probably couldn't move 3 feet without stepping on a cat! :rolleyes:

To tell the truth, I've allways been one of those odd-balls that would often keep most of the house dark. If not for the fact that a completely darkened house looks unoccupied, and therefore an "easy mark," I'd probably seldom turn a light on, when I'm home alone.

My nightvision is not abnormally good, probably just plain normal. But I am simply very comfortable in low light or darkness. Outside the house, I have no problem moving about, and doing so very quietly.
This was something I used to take full advantage of, a long time ago, when my Guard unit was training in Panama. I truely loved the jungle at night.

These days, I'm a married "old guy," and the house has about half the lights on, 24/7.

But I still go out at night sometimes, to walk the dog, see what the cats are up to, to check the Koi ponds, and enjoy the darkness.

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