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Old 02-02-2010, 10:31 AM   #1
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Repeater/Remote switch?

I am looking for a product that will allow me to control lights that are on a single pole dimmer at one location in the room from the other side of that room? I want this 2nd switch to be installed in a gang box and look as if it was hardwired.

The problem is that i couldnt install the wiring for a 3-way switch at the exisitng location and the new location without tearing out half my ceiling. I though i had crawl space access but it doesnt go back that far in part of my house. So I was trying to see if there was some sort of device that looks as if it was hardwired, but is really no more then a remote.

Hope this explains what I am trying to do.

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Old 02-02-2010, 10:58 AM   #2
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You can use X-10 or similar style remotes to do just what you want, but they aren't too cheap. You would need to replace your current dimmer with the x-10 style as well.

The one I just looked at requires a neutral in the switch box. It's a safe assumption they all will require it. How many wires are in the switchbox? If only two, you will need to run new wiring that has a neutral.

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Old 02-02-2010, 06:09 PM   #3
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I used Insteon switches from Smarthome, as the previous reply mentioned.

I added undercounter lights that are controlled by the main kitchen light switch. I replaced the kitchen light switch with an Insteon dimmer, and plugged the undercounter lights into an Insteon plug-in controller.

You need to 'link' the two controllers to make both control the lights. There are lots of ways to combine these switches to create virtual 3-way, 4-way or more.

The X-10 devices are cheaper, but they are subject to interference and intermittent operation. The Insteon switches use both powerline transmission and RF (radio) signals to operate.

You're going to spend $45 each for the dimmer switches. Lots cheaper than tearing out ceilings.

Here's a link to what you need (unless you have Decora-style switches):
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