Ian Asked: How can I get my home security system to turn on lights?

I’m looking for some answers, guidance or even just a point in the right direction. Alright a little background on myself and my system to get started.

I have extensive experience running networks, so pulling lines is not a problem. I have the average joe experience in working with electrical lines. I ran power 60 ft to my shed into a second box, and then wired my shed lights, switches and outlets. No issues working with this.

I have an Brinks security system which is now ADT. The system has a centralized box with battery backup.

My shed got broken into a month ago, and $2800 worth or tools stolen. Other neighbors have been hit recently as well. Im going to take my money from the insurance co and install a nice CCTV system. So after that Ill have alarms and video when they break in. Im going to install a siren/light on the front of my house, neighbors might not like it, I dont care. Im actually going to try and get them to do the same. We look out for each other and that would help, its a good neighborhood.
So I was looking at alarm parts because Im going to install window/door sensors, a motion sensor and one of the CCTV cameras in the shed. Well I found out that alarm systems have a relay installed to sound the alarm inside. That got me to thinking, so this is what I want to do. Use the relay to turn on a handful of my lights on inside and outside the house when the alarm goes off. Im heading down the path of using home automation equipment to do so. This is where my knowledge is limited. I am looking for some sort of relay wired or wireless, than I can place in between my light switches and lights that can be triggered by the alarm relay.
Any help or guidance would greatly be appreciated.


dtstellwagen Answered:
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Jesse Gutkowski Answered:
ADT is actually coming out with a system that runs Z-Wave, the ADT pulse.This would act like a controller in a home automation network and give you innumerable options to combine lighting with security, motion detectors, etc.Check it out at http://www.adtpulse.com/home/how-pulse-works/z-wave.
Kenneth Answered:
You didn’t say which security system you have …Most of the people that builds security systems have “Add On” kits that will allow you to operate lights and other apparatus from the master control
Jacky Answered:
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Gooooood luck (:
Roger Oneal Answered:
Mm… Is that what you are looking for? http://finddata.info/94406/door-and-window
Jeans Opitz Answered:
u sad
Lol this kind of reminds me of a cute little elderly couple that live across the street from me.They have 2 identical cars in their driveway (his and hers) and they are always accidentally setting one or the other off with their key fob.Just the other day, I heard it go off, so I looked over there just to make sure everything was ok, like I always do.They were both arguing over who’s key it was and who did it, then they pushed the OTHER key fob alarm button for the other car and both alarms starting going off (like answering each other!)….this went on for a while until several of us neighbors headed over there to help them out.They were laughing and embarrassed. 

Glad you got your problem solved!

mysti Answered:
Our current heap only has an immobiliser. We had a Polo that I liked. Polos are nice, if you like modest cars. It would go off at any excuse. The beauty of it was that I just took the wee alarm key and turned it off permanently. I can’t think when anybody last had a car stolen here. An alarm is a bit of an inconvenience, when you don’t need it. One of the neighbours often leaves his car unlocked to save bother. 

Back to the Polo alarm. It was fun. We were driving along, heading for a nice trip to the coast. Or so we thought. The alarm in a 1991 Polo is held in place by a flimsy bit of what is loosely termed as “metal”, or rust in our case. Said piece of erm “metal” broke and fell conveniently onto the drive shaft. All the nice electricity that flows into it (it doubles as an immobiliser) shorted out and filled the interior of the car with a delightful burning electronic smell. At which point the engine cut out. Immobilised, I assume. I spent many a happy hour rewiring the entire wiring loom. At least I was able to secure the “alarm” with actual metal.

The alarm didn’t work when somebody smashed the passenger window for fun and thrills (they didn’t open the door afterwards).

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