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Old 07-15-2010, 08:50 AM   #1
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wireless switch

i was thinking of using a wirless switch for my recessed lighting project wiring.

anyone had use one and your feedback.


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Old 07-15-2010, 11:54 AM   #2
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I added under-counter lights to my kitchen, but could not run a wire from the switch to the counter.

I went to smarthome.com and picked up an Insteon wall switch and an Insteon lamp module. With Insteon, you can 'link' any switch to any controller. The lamp controller plugs in to the outlet above the microwave, and the counter lights plug into it. The Insteon switch replaced the kitchen overhead light switch. The linking procedure is explained in the documentation that comes with the switch.

When I turn on the kitchen lights, the counter lights come on!

The Insteon stuff isn't cheap, but I've used a lot of cheap X-10 stuff, and besides not being very reliable, X-10 lasts a couple of years and dies.

I also bought two more wall switches, one for my front porch and one for my driveway light (that's only switched from inside the garage). You can cross-link two switches so that if either switch is flipped, BOTH outside lights come on. Kinda like a virtual 3-way setup, but without any wiring.
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Old 07-15-2010, 12:04 PM   #3
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Depends on what you mean by "wireless" (RF? Powerline Communication? IR?). I, too, use insteon and X-10 (both powerline). Others like Z-wave, zigbee, UPC, control4, etc... would likely work, as well.

Most likely, this would work for you. There are a couple of pitfalls such as separate circuits/phases/legs and noise on the powerline that can cause difficulty, but I am guessing that your application would be problem-free.

One thing...these devices are VERY addicting. If you are like me, you will find it impossible to stop at just a couple of devices. You will be entering the evil world of home automation. You will soon be replacing all your switches and adding whole-house controllers, thermostats, garage door relays, and security systems. And don't forget that app to control your house from your laptop and smartphone.
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