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  • Non-Wired Dimming Wall Switch

    I'm looking for a wall switch (preferably z-wave) that is not wired, just one of those kinds you can stick on a wall anywhere. I'd like it to work as a dimmer to dim 2 lamps that are not controlled by a switch. Does anything like this exist? If not, how would you go about achieving this assuming there is no touchscreen or phone app control at the moment. If a dimming version doesn't exist, any recommendations for a plain z-wave toggle switch that is not wired.

    Thanks!

  • #2
    This is a sorely needed and lacking item in the z-wave world. I use Pico remotes for this (requires Lutron bridge + plugin). Another option is Insteon has a nice "remote" that is battery operated and looks like a normal switch but that requires Insteon. The z-wave options available do not "look" like a normal switch. Possibly use the Hue switch with JowiHue plugin to then control other devices as well, but it also doesn't look like a "normal" in wall switch.

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    • #3
      Take a look at these: https://aeotec.com/z-wave-wireless-switch

      I haven't used them personally, but Aeotec's web page says the let you "dim lights on a whim." I couldn't tell if it is "true" dimming, or if you have to set up some preset scenes with preset dimming levels and they just use the buttons to select specific scenes.

      There's a review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH7IdjsuTiE

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      • #4
        Here is a big ticket item. Not cheap but lots of face colors. Says it will control up to 5 z-wave devices.
        https://www.amazon.com/EATON-RF9575D...switch+battery

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        • #5
          Originally posted by cowinger View Post
          Here is a big ticket item. Not cheap but lots of face colors. Says it will control up to 5 z-wave devices.
          https://www.amazon.com/EATON-RF9575D...switch+battery
          Now that's a new one to me cowinger. I added that to my list.

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          • #6
            Also, I'd be careful of older remotes that are not Z-Wave Plus and that do not support the Central Scene class. Some of those older products require that you replicate the node database within the remote device and they don't send the button press to HomeSeer but, instead, act directly on the item to be controlled. I find those difficult to set up and use. Remotes supporting the Central Scene class will communicate the button press to HomeSeer and that gives you a lot more flexibility in resondin to the button press. Once you identify a product, you can find out more about its technical specs and whether its Z-Wave Plus and supports Central Scene by investigating it here: https://products.z-wavealliance.org/...s/2/categories

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            • #7
              Thanks for these as at least a see some options out there. The Eaton ones would accomplish what I need especially if I purchase one with the outlet module, but they seem expensive. I'm curious, since I'm not familiar with with those types of switches. How does the dimming work? Is the small button on the right for on/off and the paddle somehow used to increment/decrement the dimmer. It doesn't seem intuitive to me, much less my kids.

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              • #8
                http://www.cooperindustries.com/cont...S-0117-EFS.pdf
                Looks like you hold the paddle does on / off and you hold the small button to ramp up and then it eventually reaches maximum and if you continue to hold, it will ramp down. If you get this, make sure you get it from somewhere you can return it -- its one of the "old" non-zwave plus devices I cautioned about. They can be hard to get working!

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                • #9
                  With the usage description and the non z-wave plus I vote for stay away. But that's just me.

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