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Old 01-10-2014, 02:00 PM  
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Thought you were trying to get light to see by. I don't go for Wow factor just practicably. And yes I still use incandescent bulbs.

Nothing wrong with incandescents. My hope with this project is that light coming from all angles will result in a more even distribution around the closet. Mounting only one incandescent from above would create some pretty funky shadows and dark spaces in here.

Time will tell if this works out. I'll pop back in to give my results and thoughts. Probably won't be able to start the project until next weekend.


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In the after photos I expect to see substantial volume level reduction of everything on the top shelf of the pantry. That way we will know you did proper planning before beginning work.


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In the after photos I expect to see substantial volume level reduction of everything on the top shelf of the pantry. That way we will know you did proper planning before beginning work.

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A motion sensor switch may be easier than digging into door frames??
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A motion sensor switch may be easier than digging into door frames??
It sure would be! That's so simple, I didn't even think about it.

How's this? http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lutron-Ma...202128?N=c32r#
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I have seen them installed but I have no experience with them. http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/Secti...minisite=10251
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In that case, please refer to this photo. Could I just tap into the wires for the hallway light switch? Seems simple to me.

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If you have just a white and black going to the switch, no the power is going to the light first. If you have 2 whites tied together and 2 black going to the switch, likely yes, but then you could just add another switch there.
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This is what's back there. Note: this is a 65 year old house.

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That is a threeway switch, the power is going to the light or the other switch, so no you can not get power from there.


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