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    Z-Wave Wall Plugs and Duplex Receptacle Recommendations

    Never had a smart system before and I just purchased the HomeTroller Plus Smart Home Hub and Z-Wave & Zigbee Stick. Some of what I want to do requires devices that plug into the wall. I'm looking for Z-Wave wall plugs (plugs into wall receptacle) and Z-Wave Duplex Receptacle (with only one smart receptacle). I don't have a need for a USB port on either item.

    I've been reading through the forum and I've seen a few brands that are not recommended. I also followed Rupp's Amazon link (https://www.amazon.com/s?k=z-wave+wall+outlet). Any suggestions on some reliable ones known to work with HS4? I still haven't had a chance to try setting anything up and it would be nice to have a good idea that what I buy is known to be compatable. That way if it does not work I can pretty much rule it out as the problem. I am considering the enbrighten 55256, but wonder if anybody recommends any other wall receptacles.

    #2
    This was discussed last November, here:

    https://forums.homeseer.com/forum/ho...ey-not-popular

    I have a mix of Homeseer-brand and GE/Jasco-brand Z-Wave Plus wall switches and dimmers. I have only one outlet, and it's a Homeseer. If I was buying today, I'd get the GE/Jasco Enbrighten product. The simple and portable alternative is to get a Z-Wave plug-in switch (a box that plugs into a regular outlet). No wiring required.

    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=B07361JZ2H

    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=B004AMB3CI

    Do not use a Z-Wave dimmer switch connected to a standard receptacle: if you plug something into it that is not within the dimmer's load specifications (e.g. a space heater), it will destroy the switch. Z-Wave on/off wall switches connected to whatever you wish are ok, since they use a relay.

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      #3
      SteveW, thanks for the feedback. Don't know why I did not find the link you gave when I searched this site so I'm glad I asked for some info. I read a few caution issues about HS4 but I think those had more to do with management issues. Sounds like anything that works with previous versions will also work the same way with HS4.

      Appreciate the heads up on using dimmer switches. Not sure if I am going to use one, but no telling what the future holds.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Coz View Post
        SteveW, thanks for the feedback. Don't know why I did not find the link you gave when I searched this site so I'm glad I asked for some info. I read a few caution issues about HS4 but I think those had more to do with management issues. Sounds like anything that works with previous versions will also work the same way with HS4.

        Appreciate the heads up on using dimmer switches. Not sure if I am going to use one, but no telling what the future holds.
        Sure; glad to help. Any of the GE/Jasco/Embrighten Z-Wave Plus products should work fine with HS4, since they are usually "plain vanilla", Z-Wave certified, without any unusual or custom features.

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          #5
          I recently added 3 of the Leviton wall switches and really like them. I will be adding a receptacle and will probably add the Leviton one as well. I do have a couple of the GE units but want to see if the Leviton receptacles have more settings. The wall switches do and the price is comparable. Note that most of the receptacles only control 1 of the plugs. t he other is always on.

          If you get any Lamp Modules, be mindful of what you plug into them. Too much draw will burn them out. Such as connecting the Christmas Tree lights (non-LED) up to one.

          Any of the Z-Wave units should work with HomeSeer. (and now the ones which do not will come out of the woodwork)
          Karl S
          HS4Pro on Windows 10
          242 Devices
          56 Z-Wave Nodes
          37 Events
          HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 iOS
          Google Home: 3 Mini units 1 display

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            #6
            I'd swear by Leviton. I've replaced all of the wall dimmers in the house with them, as well as three Leviton Relay wall switches for the fluorescents in the garage.
            My switched outlets are "Homesettings" which are no longer available; I was an early adopter of Z-Wave. None has ever failed, but when/if they do, I'll be going with Leviton for those as well.
            Real courage is not securing your Wi-Fi network.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Coz View Post
              Never had a smart system before and I just purchased the HomeTroller Plus Smart Home Hub and Z-Wave & Zigbee Stick. Some of what I want to do requires devices that plug into the wall. I'm looking for Z-Wave wall plugs (plugs into wall receptacle) and Z-Wave Duplex Receptacle (with only one smart receptacle). I don't have a need for a USB port on either item.

              I've been reading through the forum and I've seen a few brands that are not recommended. I also followed Rupp's Amazon link (https://www.amazon.com/s?k=z-wave+wall+outlet). Any suggestions on some reliable ones known to work with HS4? I still haven't had a chance to try setting anything up and it would be nice to have a good idea that what I buy is known to be compatable. That way if it does not work I can pretty much rule it out as the problem. I am considering the enbrighten 55256, but wonder if anybody recommends any other wall receptacles.
              I have a number of these throughout the house to control lamps. They are relatively inexpensive and work quite well. There are fancier models available but these do the job quite well. The same company also makes a dual outlet unit where each outlet can be controlled individually. Perfect for the master bedroom dual bedside lamps.

              https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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                #8
                Originally posted by avpman View Post

                I have a number of these throughout the house to control lamps. They are relatively inexpensive and work quite well. There are fancier models available but these do the job quite well. The same company also makes a dual outlet unit where each outlet can be controlled individually. Perfect for the master bedroom dual bedside lamps.

                https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
                Will two of those single units fit on the same receptacle (one on each outlet)? I recognize they have a double, but I may get some for seasonal use and configurations will change.
                Karl S
                HS4Pro on Windows 10
                242 Devices
                56 Z-Wave Nodes
                37 Events
                HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 iOS
                Google Home: 3 Mini units 1 display

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by ksum View Post

                  Will two of those single units fit on the same receptacle (one on each outlet)? I recognize they have a double, but I may get some for seasonal use and configurations will change.
                  I just checked for you. Unfortunately, two won't fit in the same receptacle. If you are only using them for seasonal you could use one of those very short power extension cords. Not pretty, but it will do the job.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by avpman View Post

                    I just checked for you. Unfortunately, two won't fit in the same receptacle. If you are only using them for seasonal you could use one of those very short power extension cords. Not pretty, but it will do the job.
                    Thank you for checking. Yes, I have some of those 12" extender cords. Not a deal breaker on those, and the price is great, so I added a pair to my cart.
                    Karl S
                    HS4Pro on Windows 10
                    242 Devices
                    56 Z-Wave Nodes
                    37 Events
                    HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 iOS
                    Google Home: 3 Mini units 1 display

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                      #11
                      Everybody posted a lot of great info. Those Minostron mini outlets look pretty nifty. The price is also nice so I'll get a two-pack of them to play with. Even though I'm a fan of leviton products, I'll get a few Enbrighten items since the prices are lower and they also have the B07RQ8NWXS which is similar to all the other light switches in my house. My house was built in 1947 and I figured it was just a matter of time before I ran ground wires to the light switches... now I have incentive to do it. Just like everything else, over time I will continue to add and try new products for either playing or fine tuning.

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