2,3,4,5, or 6 -way time delay or occupancy

ionized_gwApril 27, 2012

Does anyone make an occupancy sensor or time delay (off) switch that can go into one position in a multiple switch lighting circuit and work without messing with the other switches?

I would consider installing time delay (off) in my garage light circuit that is controlled by two switches in the house and 4 switches in the garage. I would also consider one or the other in a hallway that has 4 switches.

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Ron Natalie

You can always find a ZWAVE or perhaps X.10 controller and a bunch of slaves to do this.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 5:33PM
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ionized_gw

To put it another way, sometimes the garage lights get left on by accident for a couple of hours. There are several bulbs. I'd like to have them go off automatically after a time period, but I don't want to change all the switches. I suppose even though there are 6 switches, only two or three of them are the ones that would tend to be switched and then forgotten.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 7:33PM
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brickeyee

Put the timer in the first light fixture in the chain.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 12:32PM
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ionized_gw

Thanks, what kind of timer goes in the light fixture rather than in the switch?

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 12:45PM
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dkenny

sounds like you need a motion sensor on the lights..
on with a time delay with the light on..

something like thats used on an outdoor light.

-dkenny

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 9:58PM
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ionized_gw

No, what I want is a device that I could install in place of one switch and would work if any of the switches are used on that particular string of lights. Does that device exist?

thanks

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 8:06AM
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mike_kaiser_gw

The occupancy sensor would have to be in the space you want to monitor. Can't say I've seen "switch" device that works alone in a multi-way situation.

Frankly, as suggested, you be better off using an independent sensor placed between the switches and first light fixture.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 8:59AM
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ionized_gw

Will that turn on the light when I operate one of the two switched in the house?

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 8:09AM
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brickeyee

You set it up so that when the light feed is energized the light comes on immediately, and then hold the light on for a delay after the light feed is removed.

It is easier to do if you have an unswitched hot line at the first light to make sure the timer can run on a time delay relay.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 9:49AM
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ionized_gw

Ah, I now see what you guys are talkin' about.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 2:10PM
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