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Old 01-07-2014, 11:09 AM  
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nope, the pull string would turn on the light and the battery charger, I think pull strings are not allowed here. But maybe a remote switch could be used.



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I was going to screw the pull chain adapter into the smoke alarm and then the light bulb. The smoke detector would screw straight into the socket that’s always on.

They make a gizmo that screws in like a bulb and has two outlets on the side and then a bulb socket. Cost about 2 bucks. And they come with and without pull chains.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/GE-2-Outlet-Polarized-Light-Socket-Adapter-with-Pull-Chain-Ivory/16644758



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I still think is all nonsence as twenty minutes after it is installed someone will want a nice looking light fixture and your back to the same problem, no smoke detector.

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I agree. Most apartments I walk into the flag is sticking out of the side as someone took the battery out and never replaced it or it’s just the base stuck to the ceiling. They all work if you care enough about life to keep them working and if you don’t care no amount of prodding will make a difference. Kind of like seat belts. Nuff said.

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The only thing the "OP" was "clearly set" on was finding out the power level that feeds hardwired with the full intention of installing replacement smoke detectors, not eliminating smoke detectors all together. And the declaration that they must have a battery backup and I just can find it is also incorrect. They're from 1982, old, malfunctioning, no backup if the power goes out.

Wuzzat "wuz" the only one able to comprehend the writing, focus on the subject, and address the question. For that he has my thanks.

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This should help identify what you have. http://www.a-1electricco.com/hhsmokedetectors.php

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www.ajfire.org/uploads/smoke_alarm_requirements.pdf

Another useful link listing state by state.
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And the declaration that they must have a battery backup and I just can find it is also incorrect. They're from 1982, old, malfunctioning, no backup if the power goes out.
NEW ONES. New ones will have a battery backup was what I said. You said you found ones that were only line voltage.
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Even when I was trying to find replacement hardwired units, I read all the pros and cons for wired and battery operated. Wired means they all go off at once, but not at all if the power goes out.
This is simply not true.




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Wuzzat "wuz" the only one able to comprehend the writing, focus on the subject, and address the question. For that he has my thanks.
No, Wuz was the one to tell you what you wanted to hear. THAT'S why he has your thanks. Since some of us here did not engage in telling you only what you wanted to hear you make us out to be the bad guys.
Listen, we see this attitude ALL the time, so don't be upset if you come here with a dumb idea and everyone does not say "Sure, go ahead. Great idea."
This is NOT a case of "if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all". It's a case of if you have a bad idea you're gonna hear about it.


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