Door Jamb Light Switch

mattreidyJuly 22, 2013

Hi all,

We're building a new home and are considering having some light switches installed in the door jambs for things like the pantry and lighted closets so that the lights come on and turn off when the doors are opened and closed.

It "seems" like a nice idea but I have concerns about the cost to install them due to the time it takes to flush mount them in the jamb, the reliability of the switch, and the hassle and cost to revert to a wall switch down the road if they prove to be a bad decision.

Do you have them in your home? Have you installed them?

I'd appreciate thoughts and feedback. Thanks!

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Ron Natalie

I've seen them but never used them. I have installed the motion sensing light switches (works great in the kid's room). They're come down in price. I saw a two-pack for $20 the other day.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 7:34AM
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Refrigerator manufacturers have used them for decades, so I wouldn't be terribly worried about reliability. Replaceability shouldn't be a problem, either. You might also give consideration to using low voltage lighting in these locations.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 10:34AM
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Thank you for the feedback.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 2:01PM
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We have them in our reach in pantries. My husband installed them during construction of our house. (We did not have very good electricians, so he did not trust them to get them right.) He says they are not the easiest to install.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 8:46PM
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