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How can I build a remote wall outlet that is controlled from the light switch?

Have you ever plugged a light into a wall and come to find out the light switch for that room isn't connected to that outlet? Well, I'm trying to figure out a way to make a device that plugs into the switched outlet and sends a signal to a receiver plugged into an outlet you want to be switched. That way you can turn on multiple lights in a room without running all sorts of extension cords. I don't know if you can use the existing power lines in the house to transfer a signal or if it has to be RF or something. Any ideas?

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Daday1974 (author)  RavensCraft1 year ago
I've seen plenty of these on the internet in my searches. However, I'm not looking for another light switch. I'm looking to use something about the size of an iphone USB charger: http://www.hkb2bsite.com/upload/20110329/USB_charger_for_iPhone.jpg

Maybe something like that with a couple outlets on it. I dunno, just an idea.
bwrussell1 year ago
Just fix the wiring in your house. You just need to route the hot line through the switch and into the first outlet. Any outlets you hook up in the series after the first one will also be switched. Usually only one plug per outlet is switched so you may need new outlets that allow multiple hot input/outputs.
Daday1974 (author)  bwrussell1 year ago
I understand about rewiring the house. I've actually done that in a few places. However, inevitably, my wife will place a lamp in some other corner of the room, and DOH!!, the switch doesn't work. She likes to move furniture from time to time.
As steveastrouk said X10 will do it so easy for you.
Look at "X10" equipment.