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  • 2x Dimmer Switches w/ Wallplates
  • 2x Pico remotes
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What is advantage of this over GE Zwave plus or TP link smart switches? This is 2x the price of those
I have the GE Zwave in my house and these Lutron caseta. IMO, they both work great. No real difference. The only reason I have the Lutron is I have 3 locations in my house to where I have a 3 way switch. My house was built in the late 80's. In these three locations, I do not have a white neutral wire at each of the 3 spots, so i couldn't get the GE's to work since a neutral is required. The Lutron doesn't require a white neutral wire, so one end has the switch and the other end has the pico remote in it. And I have all of this tied to my Wink hub.
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I have several of the Caseta dimmers in my home and they've always worked flawlessly. The buttons feel thin/flimsy, though, with too much "wiggle" when you press them, and I think there are too many buttons integrated into the design. I think a better/simpler design could be accomplished.

Leviton released a comparable product well after Caseta had theirs out. The Leviton's are priced a bit cheaper (looking now, I see theirs on sale for $40 on Amazon right now - ugh). I wouldn't want to mix and match Lutron and Leviton, though, as each has a different design. I think I might like the design of the Leviton a bit better, but it's not perfect, either, IMO. Also, I guess the Leviton doesn't use a hub, but instead uses Wi-Fi. I don't think I like that, as I'd imagine that a house-full of these could add a lot of Wi-Fi congestion. Lutron's use a hub and a different frequency range.

It just kills me that Lutron charges $55+ for these dimmers. A "dumb" Lutron dimmer costs $20. The profit margin on these must be ridiculous.

The market is ripe for someone release an Alexa-compatible smart dimmer (that doesn't use Wi-Fi) at a bargain price.
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Amazon [amazon.com] has this kit at the same price.

Keep a few things in mind with Caseta:

1. The switches need to be within about 30 feet from the hub. In order to expand range, you can add one lamp dimmer [amazon.com]. Any dimmers beyond that will not expand the range. This is still good for a 2,500 SqFt house. You cannot add more than one hub, so your coverage is limited to the hub plus the dimmer.

2. If the number of LED's you have hooked to one switch are too few (number depends on the type of bulb), then you can end up with flicker when the switch is off. Lutron has an ELV switch [amazon.com] for that type of situation. I have as few as four LED floods on one standard Caseta switch with no issues.

3. Always buy the switch that comes with a Pico remote [amazon.com]. It's $5 more than the one without, and the remotes go for $15 on their own.
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I have had this for over year. Very good and reliable. Easy to use and the pico remote is fantastic and quick to the point you think it's not wirelessly connected.
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1. The switches need to be within about 30 feet from the hub. In order to expand range, you can add one lamp dimmer [amazon.com]. Any dimmers beyond that will not expand the range. This is still good for a 2,500 SqFt house. You cannot add more than one hub, so your coverage is limited to the hub plus the dimmer.
I thought that Lutron Caseta runs on a mesh network so that each additional switch will extend the range so that, in your example, the 1st switch has to be 30' from the hub, but a 2nd switch can be 30' from the 1st switch (i.e. up to 60' from the hub).
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I have been watching these as we are currently building a house.

If I am starting from scratch do I want the Lutron's because they are a higher quality or as it is new construction is there an equivalent cheaper product that doesn't matter about the neutral wire?
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I have been watching these as we are currently building a house.

If I am starting from scratch do I want the Lutron's because they are a higher quality or as it is new construction is there an equivalent cheaper product that doesn't matter about the neutral wire?
You could get the z wave switches such as the tp link switches that constantly on sale.

They won't require a hub.

Lutron seems to have better reliability but little to no sales.
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I have several of the Caseta dimmers in my home and they've always worked flawlessly. The buttons feel thin/flimsy, though, with too much "wiggle" when you press them, and I think there are too many buttons integrated into the design. I think a better/simpler design could be accomplished.

Leviton released a comparable product well after Caseta had theirs out. The Leviton's are priced a bit cheaper (looking now, I see theirs on sale for $40 on Amazon right now - ugh). I wouldn't want to mix and match Lutron and Leviton, though, as each has a different design. I think I might like the design of the Leviton a bit better, but it's not perfect, either, IMO. Also, I guess the Leviton doesn't use a hub, but instead uses Wi-Fi. I don't think I like that, as I'd imagine that a house-full of these could add a lot of Wi-Fi congestion. Lutron's use a hub and a different frequency range.

It just kills me that Lutron charges $55+ for these dimmers. A "dumb" Lutron dimmer costs $20. The profit margin on these must be ridiculous.

The market is ripe for someone release an Alexa-compatible smart dimmer (that doesn't use Wi-Fi) at a bargain price.
The market already has a dozen Z-wave or WiFi switch's. For $60 you can get the Lutron Casetta dimmer and Pico combo from Amazon.
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Just FYI, I was doing a price comparison to an individual switch kit (without Lutron) and noticed Amazon lowered the price on the individual switch kit. This 2x switch + bridge deal is a good price if you need a Lutron bridge, but if you just need a dimmer switch + Pico remote + Picro wall bracket, then buying the"Dimmer Switch and Remote 3-Way Kit" is a slightly better deal at $60 since it comes with a wall bracket (normally $7) to mount your Pico remote as an auxiliary switch.

I haven't personally bought the 3-way kit, but Amazon lists the included components: (1) Caseta Smart Dimmer Switch, (1) Pico remote, and (1) Wallplate Bracket for Pico Remote. If it doesn't come with the wallplate bracket, I would ask for a refund.


https://www.amazon.com/Lutron-P-P...uage=en_US
It's been $60 for months now. That's really the only kit anyone should buy when switching to Lutron.
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What is advantage of this over GE Zwave plus or TP link smart switches? This is 2x the price of those
As a Lutron owner I'll say that there might not be much of a difference. Back when I started this project I didn't know anything about Neutral wires so felt comfortable with these switches. Now that I know I have them and also know a bit more about wiring I might've gone with a Zwave option. All in all, these have been very reliable, but are not the best looking switch since I prefer the look of a traditional switch.
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It's been $60 for months now. That's really the only kit anyone should buy when switching to Lutron.
When I looked at it a few months ago, it did not include the pico Remote wall bracket, which is $7. You need that bracket and another wall plate to use your $69 Lutron purchase for a 3-way switch. That makes the cost around $60 to replace a 3-way dwitch, which is not bad.
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No 3way support right? Wemo is coming out with one...
You can use the pico Remote as an auxiliary switch and rewire your 3 way back to single pole. You just need a pico bracket and wall plate. Works and looks just like a 3 way switch
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I currently have 2 Lutron dimmers using Apple HomeKit which has frustrated me to the point of insanity. I am resetting the switches every 1-2 weeks due to the dreaded "no response" issues.

It's tough to shell out another $120 and hope they would be better. Would love to hear from anyone who made a similar switch.
I've been using multiple caseta switches with HomeKit for a couple years now. I can't recall a single issue where they don't respond to my commands via Siri, home app or physical switch. I'm not sure what could be going wrong with your setup. I have a mesh network with orbi router and 2 satellites in my home. The lutron bridge is hardwired to the router.
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Has anyone used these with BR30 LED bulbs? My wife and I just bought a house a couple of weeks ago and I replaced the bulbs in the entire home (all were incandescent/cfl) with the Feit Electric BR30s from Costco.

Looking on their forums, there are people complaining about these specific bulbs with Lutron Caseta since they cause an audible buzzing sound when dimmed lower than 100% but those posts were from 2017 or earlier. They're also not listed in the compatibility on their website.

I don't want to have to buy new LED bulbs just to use with this system, since I'd already replaced about 40 bulbs. Are there any other good alternatives to the Lutron?
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Has anyone used these with BR30 LED bulbs? My wife and I just bought a house a couple of weeks ago and I replaced the bulbs in the entire home (all were incandescent/cfl) with the Feit Electric BR30s from Costco.

Looking on their forums, there are people complaining about these specific bulbs with Lutron Caseta since they cause an audible buzzing sound when dimmed lower than 100% but those posts were from 2017 or earlier. They're also not listed in the compatibility on their website.

I don't want to have to buy new LED bulbs just to use with this system, since I'd already replaced about 40 bulbs. Are there any other good alternatives to the Lutron?
Maybe try the ELV version as mentioned above , but it's much pricier and will require a neutral wire
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