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    Wireless remotes for lights

    After we built the pool and enclosure in the back of the house we decided it's too dark back there. I have all kinds of places to hand and power lights... but sadly I really didn't think through how I will switch them on/off. I was thinking that someone must make some kind of wireless relay I could hardwire into a light fixture and turn them on/off remotely with a fob like a garage door opener.

    I figured this would be an easy google... but after a bit of hunting I'm not quickly finding what I had in mind. I'd rather not switch an outlet and wire a plug onto permanent lights (a lot of kits plug into outlets for simple install). I also intend to switch some banks of floodlight - maybe 600 to 1200W total as well as a few smaller lights 100 or 150W. So load rating matters (a lot of stuff seems rated for very light loads).

    And finally - The lights will be mounted on an out-building behind the pool and I'd like the switch to work inside the house - so the reliable range needs to be 75 to 100 feet. In reading comments on some sites it seems a common complaint is remotes that won't work more than 15 feet away. That won't cut it. If I need to carry the remote halfway to the light, I might as well just walk the rest of the way (in the dark) and operate a manual switch!

    Anyone have experience with this stuff? Good/bad? Suggestions?
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    Re: Wireless remotes for lights

    X10 products have the range you are looking for......
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    Re: Wireless remotes for lights

    I use an Intermatic remote switch on mine. Consist of receiver and transmitter that can handle three different receivers. Hard wired and am getting 200' range. Works for me. Good Luck!
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    Re: Wireless remotes for lights

    I'd look at Insteon. They make wireless remotes with the range you're looking for. They also make relays capable of switching the larger loads.
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    Re: Wireless remotes for lights

    So somehow between my googling and/or this post some ad robot figured me out and put amazon links to exactly the right intermatic product line on weather.com. $60 for the remote fob and $80 for each switch. They are spec'd out for exactly what I want to do... the only question is if I will be able to get the effective range I need. I just paced it off and in the best case I can locate the switches at 100' but ideally a couple of them would be 120 or 130 feet. Not sure if walls cause attenuation or interference either.

    samiguy - are you getting 200' from an Intermatic RC939/613 combo?
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