I have a detached garage, which was unfortunately the setting for a recent bike heist in my neighborhood. I would like to start locking the garage door at night. The door is a normal metal clad exterior door for humans. However, when performing my nightly routine, I would prefer just to look out my window and have some assurance that I, or someone else in my family, did indeed lock the door, without having to trudge out in the snow to verify. The garage is about 50 feet from the house.
My initial thought was to have the locked deadbolt switch on an exterior light fixture. I wasn't able to find any ready made product online, but perhaps my google fu is poor? My current thought is to repurpose a momentary, normally open switch, and position it so that is pressed when the deadbolt is closed, perhaps one like this:
- Does this seem like a sensible idea?
- Can a momentary switch be pressed all night long?
- Do y'all have any better ideas? I would like to constrain the topic to solutions which turn on a light, or a similarly low tech indicator, I don't really want to have to find my phone to determine if the door is locked. Also, if possible I don't want to have to replace the deadbolt.