Switch option for safe lighting?
I would like to install some rope light in my safe that switches on when the door is opened, can anyone recommend a small/slim switch that I can use to accomplish this? Thanks!
An LED rope light draws something like 6 or 7 Watts. I would just forgo the switch and leave it on. Though, humidity is a bit more of an issue where I live, so the added wattage helps to this end.
Your cost savings would be about $0.62/month.
Rope lights dont offer much light. I went with under counter lights and a power switch with a wireless switch.
I hate it when people make suggestions that I different from the question I asked. So, I apologize to the OP in advance.
Have you considered battery powered lighting for your safe? Just flick the switch when you open the door and turn it off before you close it. If you don't already have a wiring hole in your safe then you won't have to make one for wired lighting.
Hope that helps
I am in the process of wiring up a lighting system for my safe and was toying with the idea of finding a switch that automatically turns on when I open the safe ad turns off when I close it.
Right now I am going to use a regular 12V toggle switch until I figure out the right way to have lights turn on automatically when opened.
I use a motion activated battery powered LED that is outside the safe and sheds light on the dial and into the safe when opened. 2 birds with 1 stone, and very easy installation.
Originally Posted By grndy27:
I like the switch, could you post a picture of how you mounted it? Thank you for your help.
I used the same thing from Home depot I mounted into a wall box those blue plastic things for sockets and such then I mounted it to the safe so a door bolt would close and activate it. I stood inside the safe to make sure everything lined up about an hours work
I used this on my low voltage setup
I used this 120V Magnetic switch
Works great. I had used rope lighting to start off with and it was very dim and was not very happy with it
I changed it out to some under the cabinet florescent light bars. I used 2 bars on each side in the front of the safe. It puts out a ton of light and all the shelves light up. Very easy inexpensive and works great.
I used a motion switch that detects heat. When the door opens light will not turn on if there isnt a heat source different than what is inside the safe. I tried tossing my kids toys in front of the open door & it didnt come on, as soon as I walked past it, it lit right up. If I hide beside the safe & wave my hand over the edge, it will come on. I mounted it to a normal outlet box attached to the back wall of the long gun portion. The switch was on the expensive side. $72 if I remember correctly. I had an occupancy room sensor, available at any hardware store, but it wouldn't function with the led rope lights that I allready had. Thats why I ended up with the thermal switch. It was the only solution I could come up with for a motion activated sensor for LED's. I used rope lighting on the door side of the safe. That way I cant see the light directly (somewhat preserving my night vision) & It shines perfectly onto every shelf in the safe. The light wraps from the bottom left, all the way up and over the top and back down to the bottom of the right side. The light is hardly noticeable to others outside of the bedroom.
The only thing i want to change is to mount the switch up higher. I have it mounted on the floor against the back wall and sometimes the buttstocks of my guns interferes with the sensor. If it were 1/2 ways or so up the back wall, it wouldnt have much interference. Good luck with your project!
Originally Posted By mrbuck-i:
I used a motion switch that detects heat. When the door opens light will not turn on if there isnt a heat source different than what is inside the safe. I tried tossing my kids toys in front of the open door & it didnt come on, as soon as I walked past it, it lit right up.
If you'd feed your kids more sugar, they would be warmer when you tossed them. Additionally, by feeding them more sugar, you'd have more cause to toss them.
But, seriously folks, contact Fort Knox and get their switch unit. It's made for the job and is UL approved.