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YanksIn2009 3,105 773 December 11, 2015 at 07:38 AM
OK, looking to get a couple of these as a gift for someone who also has the Amazon echo (not that it really matter if it is echo compatible as any smartphone can do as well). Anyone recommend one that works well and handles led lights?

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OK, looking to get a couple of these as a gift for someone who also has the Amazon echo (not that it really matter if it is echo compatible as any smartphone can do as well). Anyone recommend one that works well and handles led lights?
We have an Echo and we are constantly discovering new ways to take advantage of it. One of those ways was to control lights in our home. We are using WeMo [bing.com].
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Belkin WeMo is probably the best bet for just a couple lights. My personal preference is to use z-wave or insteon and a controller like the SmartThings Hub, HomeSeer, or Vera.
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Belkin WeMo is probably the best bet for just a couple lights. My personal preference is to use z-wave or insteon and a controller like the SmartThings Hub, HomeSeer, or Vera.

Just looking for something so they can turn their lights on\off remotely, ideally while away from home. Do you know if it makes a difference for these whether a switch controls a bank of lights (like some high-hat LED BR30/40s in the kitchen) or just a single light bulb?
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Just looking for something so they can turn their lights on\off remotely, ideally while away from home. Do you know if it makes a difference for these whether a switch controls a bank of lights (like some high-hat LED BR30/40s in the kitchen) or just a single light bulb?
I don't see that much point in turning lights on and off when you aren't home. I suppose a limited amount of this is a way to create a lived in appearance. Personally I prefer automation that is... automatic, as in it's ___ time of day and there's motion/no motion in the room so do ____.

There's a hard wired in wall wemo switch: http://www.belkin.com/us/F7C030-B...p/P-F7C030

It requires a neutral and has the following load requirements: Max 1800 W, 1/2 HP at 120
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I don't see that much point in turning lights on and off when you aren't home. I suppose a limited amount of this is a way to create a lived in appearance. Personally I prefer automation that is... automatic, as in it's ___ time of day and there's motion/no motion in the room so do ____.

There's a hard wired in wall wemo switch: http://www.belkin.com/us/F7C030-B...p/P-F7C030

It requires a neutral and has the following load requirements: Max 1800 W, 1/2 HP at 120VAC

From a security perspective, being able to randomly turn lights on and off has some value, esp when away on vacation. While the whole automation thing is nice, it tends to get pricey and in reality I do not really see much of a need to turn the lights on\off via motion control or time of day calendar. It would be more useful for a large family with kids I suppose, but flipping a wall switch on or off is not a big deal imo with the exception of being able to turn off lights on another floor wirelessly which can also be accomplished with the same wifi set
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