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Old 03-20-2012, 12:52 AM   #1
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Upgrade closet door light

I just ordered a couple of lever operated micro switches to install on my closet doors. Thought it would be nice not to have to fumble around in the dark looking for the overhead closet switch. I know a lot of newer RV's already have this feature built in. Did a quick search on irv2 but didn't see anything, surely others have performed this upgrade/mod?

Anyway seems like a fun little project and only a few bucks for the switches. Will post pics when done if anyone is interested.
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Anyway seems like a fun little project and only a few bucks for the switches. Will post pics when done if anyone is interested.
Yes I have 1 light on a closet door that works everytime. I have 2 other switches on mirrored closet doors that never work unless I spin the plunger.
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This is something I've wanted to do as well. Please post pix when you're done!

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Was in Lowes yesterday looking for a light bulb among other things (Found one, not the other of the two I needed, found one like it but wrong wattage).

They have some small battery operated LED units with MAGNETIC switches, iike used on window and door alarms. Looked neat.

I use fixtures mounted inside the closet so don't use them but hey,,, I might have some fun with magnetic alarm switches.....later.
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Okay, got the microswitches the other day so time to get started.

First I lined up the switches where I wanted them and secured, next I removed the closet light lens and switch, and fished out the existing wire twist connectors. The 12 volt hot wire (black wire on my coach) will be tapped into, the other (white) ground wire including twist connector will not be touched. I then measured how long to make the pigtails and crimped the butt connectors and terminal clips.

The microswitches can be wired in the switch open or closed configuration. I used a volt meter to find the correct switch position. Probably a good idea to wire it up to have the light come on when the door is open instead of closed

The closet has 2 doors and I wanted to be able to open either/both doors for the light to turn on, so the the pigtail is crimped onto the hot 12 volt wire (before power gets to the lamp). The 2 female slide terminals on the pigtail go to the left switch and other to right.

Using the other pigtail I connected the slide terminals to the right and left switches and crimped the butt connector to the lamp's black lead.

That's it, all done!

Total cost for this project $1.50

I had the wire and connections laying around so only had to buy the switches from ebay. $7.50 for 10 switches including free overseas shipping.
I was surprised with the good quality for price paid. The switches are made in Japan and rated for 15 amp operation at 120 volts.
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Looks good Wanabee. Wanna sell any of your remaining switches? I need four for my closet.

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