I have an office door I need to keep locked but allow easy access. It doesn't have to be super secure, it has a proper deadlock for when we are closed, it just has to stop people casually walking in.
But everyone having to remember to lock it behind them with the key+deadlock is slow and inconvenient.

Any suggestions on a simple retrofit electronic lock? Low cost and easy to fit are priorities.

All the ones we looked at are built for Fort Knox. We just need something that moves a plunger out of the way for a few seconds with something like a garage door opener?

  • define 'low cost'. Something like this is going to be in the $100-200 range. There are radio controlled ones (although, check the features, many are deadbolts that you'd have to re-lock, defeating the purpose), and Schlage has a line that can be opened from anywhere via an iPhone app.
    – Joe
    Commented Oct 24, 2011 at 17:40

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You don't necessarily need an electronic lock - you just need a lock that is always locked from the outside and yet allows exit from the inside. Something commercial in nature is probably in order. You probably won't find this at a home supply store, however. You likely will need to consult a locksmith.


Link to Home Depot collection of storeroom locks.

You can find them at Home Depot.

Thanks to RSMoser for the proper name!

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    This type of lock is refered to as a "storeroom lockset". These locks operate the door with a key from the outside, and allow easy egress from the inside. They cannot be set to an un-locked position… they are always locked. Here is a link to the schlage website with the different types of locks and functions. professional.schlage.com/application_solutions/…
    – RSMoser
    Commented Oct 24, 2011 at 17:29
  • Electronic was so we didn't have to manage keys for everyone. But just a latch type lock is probably going to be easiest
    – mgb
    Commented Oct 24, 2011 at 17:35
  • Ah well in that case Home Depot sells those for $100ish too. Commented Oct 24, 2011 at 17:36

For a more high tech solution, have a look at Lockitron.

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It fits over your existing deadbolt, and allows you to use your phone as the key. It allows you to grant and revoke access as needed, and also lets you lock/unlock the door remotely.

I've never used this product, nor am I associated with it in any way. I just think it's cool.

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