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Need remote controllable low profile ceiling light

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Need remote controllable low profile ceiling light

Two of my basement lights (the cellar and the under-staircase-space) are wired to the general basement lighting switch, so when I turn on the switch, everything lights up. Apparently I do not need these closed spaces to be lit when it's not in-use, so I'm looking to add a battery operated switch in between. Given the low head space I prefer to use low profile flush mount ceiling light, which is the currently installed type. Googled it and I haven't found any type of these lights that's wirelessly controllable or motion activate (though I do not like motion activate because there is a lot of false detection). I know bunch of smart products can do this but the A19 bulb just doesn't fit my use, and I do not need fancy things like dimming, cell phone control, etc. Calling an electrician to install recessed light (that can fit A19 bulb) and opening up drywall is my last resort. Before that I would like to find any product that can help me. Any recommendation?
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You could you put the lights on pullchain fixtures or just add a switch to the lights you would like switched.
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MrSparky wrote: You could you put the lights on pullchain fixtures or just add a switch to the lights you would like switched.
these are for A19 bulbs only I guess?
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Costco currently is stocking Low profile LED lights for $20 for 2. Usually they retail for almost $20 each at the bigbox stores. Yes you can get cheaper on Amazon but those aren't firm on the ULc or CSA listing.
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How many hours a day of energy is being wasted by the current system?
What type of bulbs are they using, how many watts?
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Quentin5 wrote: How many hours a day of energy is being wasted by the current system?
What type of bulbs are they using, how many watts?
I don't know...some tube-type bulbs. I don't use the basement too much before but thinking to move two computers and desks there.
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A 60W bulb uses about 0.06KW (60/1000). Multiple that by the number of hours the main basement switch is on, and multiple that by your utility rate. Figuring $0.08 per KW/h and 1 hour per day, that's about $0.14 per month (per light), so $0.28 per month for two lights. If it costs you $30 to shuffle things around, it will take you about 9 years to break even, not taking into account the time spend to deal with it.

Just sayin'... I'm sure someone will correct me if my math is off. Oh, and increase that to about 54 years if you have LED bulbs in there already (assuming 10W bulbs instead of 60).

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CNeufeld wrote: A 60W bulb uses about 0.06KW (60/1000). Multiple that by the number of hours the main basement switch is on, and multiple that by your utility rate. Figuring $0.08 per KW/h and 1 hour per day, that's about $0.14 per month (per light), so $0.28 per month for two lights. If it costs you $30 to shuffle things around, it will take you about 9 years to break even, not taking into account the time spend to deal with it.

Just sayin'... I'm sure someone will correct me if my math is off. Oh, and increase that to about 54 years if you have LED bulbs in there already (assuming 10W bulbs instead of 60).

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Thats why i asked how many watts and how many hours
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Quentin5 wrote: Thats why i asked how many watts and how many hours
I figured that... :) I just thought I'd throw out some "for instance..."

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