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Friday, August 3, 2012

No Wall Switch for Ceiling Lamps in RV

 

Hey Doc, we have an RV with a tall ceiling, and my wife cannot reach the light switch without a step stool. Is their any kind of a remote switch that I can install individually on them? 
Larry W. 

Larry, are you sure there is not a wall switch located nearby to turn those lights on and off? In all the coaches where the ceiling is higher than “normal” the manufacturer will usually install a wall switch somewhere nearby. If they overlooked that, then yes, a wall switch can easily be added. It will require a couple of wires to be routed from the lamp down to a convenient location on a cabinet or interior partition wall. A simple 12-volt on/off rocker switch can then be installed for each lamp.

There are also wireless kits available in the aftermarket that will operate any 12-volt circuit so you could turn on all the lamps on the same circuit at the same time, using a remote fob. But it would be less expensive to simply wire in a conveniently located wall switch. But I'd take a second look and see if there's not one there already.

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