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Old 07-04-2012, 02:32 PM   #1
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LED Lights at electrical panel

We got tired of fumbling around a lot of switches to find the lights for the kitchen and outside. It's beyond me that the manufacture would put the light switches in a dark closet. We tried to use the light switch for the fan/light in the living room but then we'd ended up fumbling in the dark to find the chain to pull for the lights.
I started with LED car light strips from WalMart. They're called Custom Accessories Daytime Running Light LED Strip, White, 2pc and are very bright. They also come with 10' of wire.
Next step was finding a magnetic switch so when the closet door is opened, the lights automatically come on. It's best to get the NO/NC kind to make it easier to wire into 12V.

Wire this to the LED lights and I used the 12V coming from the electrical panel. I used double sided sticky tape on both pieces so I didn't have to put any holes in the panel or my closet door.



Elemental LED has a good library on how to wire LEDs to 12V on their web site.

LED Lights, LED Strip Lights, Color Changing LED Light Strips - ElementalLED.com

Completed project. Now when we open the closet, we have instant light to show us our electrical panel and the lights turn off as soon as the magnet gets close to my switch.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:43 PM   #2
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Very good!
I like your idea!
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:11 PM   #3
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Oh, sheesh!

Another thing on the list......

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Old 07-04-2012, 04:20 PM   #4
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I like that it's awesome
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:37 PM   #5
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Good idea, nice job!
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:05 PM   #6
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excellent. I always keep a flashlight nearby. Add to my to do list
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:17 AM   #7
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Where did you purchase the magnetic switch? Would like to install a cpl of these in various cabinets
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:45 AM   #8
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oh, sheesh!

Another thing on the list......

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Old 12-10-2012, 10:45 AM   #9
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I used door/window home security switches as they run normally on 12 V. You have to get NO ones. NO = normally open =meaning that they are normally NOT letting current through until the door/window is opened. Instead of a security alarm going off the lights are switched on.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:18 AM   #10
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A small plunger switch, like the one that lets your car door operate the dome light, would also work.
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