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  • Elderly mother needs lights in base cabinets.

    75% off after Christmas, I bought many stings of 120-Volt white LED Christmas lights.
    I plugged one string into the hot outlet of the garbage disposal outlet.
    Mother loves that she can now seeverything in the sink base cabinet.

    Are there magnetic switches that can turn the string on when the magnets separate when either door is opened?

    She wants lights in all of the base cabinets.

    May I bring power from a 20-amp kitchen counter GFCI outlet?
    Each string draws only 4.8 Watts = .04 amps

    Thank you.

    Robert
    I'd take an educated guess - but I'm unqualified.
    It ain't just soot, it's paydirt.
    "I swear, wherever Gift goes, argument follows." -Youtube comment

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    Robert

    this YOUR mom for christs sake. this ain't your hair dryer at your house. i don't really care what you do at your house. i DO care about your mom. do it right. did i say do it right. christmas lights are NOT right. breid.................

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      Re: Robert

      Originally posted by breid1903 View Post
      this YOUR mom for christs sake. this ain't your hair dryer at your house. i don't really care what you do at your house. i DO care about your mom. do it right. did i say do it right. christmas lights are NOT right. breid.....
      How?
      Our code does not allow any light which gets hot because something may get pushed against it.
      (I doubthat even a glass dome inside metal guard fixture is allowed.)

      The Home Depot door jamb switches would push the doors open.

      My only other thought is to use regular light switches pulled on by a magnet on a pawl attached out of the way near each door's top hinge.

      Door pawl (wall-mounted spring door stop) magnet sticks to magnet glued to the switch toggle.
      As the door opens, its pawl magnet pulls the switch toggle ON and separates from the toggle magnet.
      When the door is closed, it sticks and pushes the switch toggle OFF.
      But it's not water proof.

      What lights are allowed?
      After Christmas, 2009, I mounted this same string of 60 outdoor (waterproof) mini LED lights under our laundry room wall cabinets. Have been on 24-hoursince.
      More light than a nightlight spread out evenly.

      Thank you.

      (Stillooking for the toilet hair dryer vacuum.)
      Last edited by Robert Gift; 12-31-2010, 06:49 AM.
      I'd take an educated guess - but I'm unqualified.
      It ain't just soot, it's paydirt.
      "I swear, wherever Gift goes, argument follows." -Youtube comment

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      • #4
        Motion activated light

        Found a two-LED motion-activated Night Light at Wal-Mart for $9.96.

        Temporarily ductaped an extension cord in the undersink cabinet and plugged it in.
        It lights when the right door opens. (Needs better positioning so the left door will trigger it.)

        This may be a good way to go.
        How much power do these use on standby?
        I'd take an educated guess - but I'm unqualified.
        It ain't just soot, it's paydirt.
        "I swear, wherever Gift goes, argument follows." -Youtube comment

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