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Wireless Light Switch -- Need help please

MandaJo111 471 356 January 29, 2016 at 06:17 AM
We bought a home with a mother in law apartment attached so my mom has a place to live. However the apartment was an addition and two sets of floodlights are on a switch in her apartment. It looks odd if one side of the house isn't lit up. I would like a way to wirelessly control her switch without having to bother her. I see several products on the market. What is my best option?

Also note that we have LED floodlights and I do not need to dim them. Infra-red style switches will not work of course since there is a wall between us. I just see several products available and it is overwhelming to try to figure out our best option.

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What kind of rang are you needing?
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You could always put motion sensors on the floodlights or a dusk to dawn sensor. Another simple option is a timer light switch in both locations:
http://www.amazon.com/Honeywell-E...well+timer (simplest & cheapest option)

If you really want a wireless light switch, you're probably looking at a z-wave or insteon switch and controller.
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My husband doesn't want motion or dusk to dawn lights so that is not an option. Her apartment is connected to our kitchen, so we could even leave the remote there if need be. I would say 10 ft at that point but that's through a door. However, ideally we could put it near the other switches so that would be about 50 feet.
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My husband doesn't want motion or dusk to dawn lights so that is not an option. Her apartment is connected to our kitchen, so we could even leave the remote there if need be. I would say 10 ft at that point but that's through a door. However, ideally we could put it near the other switches so that would be about 50 feet.
Take a closer look a the timer I linked to. A pair of them would serve you well and would be the cheapest/simplest option.

Other options:
1. zwave
http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-VRS...001HT0PB2/
and one of the following or equivalent:
http://www.amazon.com/Aeon-Labs-D...00KU7ERAW/
http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-VRC...B0050T2O1O
http://www.amazon.com/GE-45631-Z-...controller


2. lutron caseta
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lutron.../205365522
Verify lights can be dimmed

3. insteon
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Take a closer look a the timer I linked to. A pair of them would serve you well and would be the cheapest/simplest option.

Other options:
1. zwave
http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-VRS...001HT0PB2/ [amazon.com]
and one of the following or equivalent:
http://www.amazon.com/Aeon-Labs-D...00KU7ERAW/ [amazon.com]
http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-VRC...B0050T2O1O [amazon.com]
http://www.amazon.com/GE-45631-Z-...controller [amazon.com]


2. lutron caseta
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lutron.../205365522 [homedepot.com]
Verify lights can be dimmed

3. insteon
If I wanted to go ahead and get a smart things hub and set up some other lights as well, what would be the best option? We have 2 amazon echo's so the compatibility would be nice.
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WeMo [amazon.com]is ECHO friendly.
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If I wanted to go ahead and get a smart things hub and set up some other lights as well, what would be the best option? We have 2 amazon echo's so the compatibility would be nice.
WeMo is a good option if you're talking about a sufficiently small number of devices and there's no controller needed.

For a larger number of devices, I prefer z-wave, insteon, and upb. To set up rules, triggers, and schedules a controller is needed with these devices. Z-Wave switches and the smart things hub would be a good option. My advice would be to read manuals before you buy and start small. Figure out if you're happy with a particular platform / device before you invest too much in it. There are other controllers out there: vera, homeseer, isy, etc.
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WeMo is a good option if you're talking about a sufficiently small number of devices and there's no controller needed.

For a larger number of devices, I prefer z-wave, insteon, and upb. To set up rules, triggers, and schedules a controller is needed with these devices. Z-Wave switches and the smart things hub would be a good option. My advice would be to read manuals before you buy and start small. Figure out if you're happy with a particular platform / device before you invest too much in it. There are other controllers out there: vera, homeseer, isy, etc.
Thank you so much for your help! I am sure my husband will want to add more eventually. We will start with the one, but I am sure that won't last long.
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