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Offline garrettwp

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Re: Sale on CA3000 / CA600 Z-wave Switches / Dimmers
« Reply #150 on: June 11, 2013, 01:26:00 pm »
A CA600 will still act life a dimmable light. There is no way to have it turn on or off instantly like a relay. Some LED's may work (your milage will very), but most of these switches that do not have a neutral has a minimum load and may cause weird flickering with led bulbs. I would not use CFL bulbs.

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Re: Sale on CA3000 / CA600 Z-wave Switches / Dimmers
« Reply #151 on: June 11, 2013, 03:02:00 pm »
Ok then I can't use my CA600 can anyone recommend a cheap relay switch.

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Re: Sale on CA3000 / CA600 Z-wave Switches / Dimmers
« Reply #152 on: June 12, 2013, 02:38:02 pm »
Ok then I can't use my CA600 can anyone recommend a cheap relay switch.

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GE 45609
$35 at Lowes

http://store.homeseer.com/store/HomeSeer-Z-Wave-OnOff-Wall-Switch-Comparison-W7.aspx

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Re: Sale on CA3000 / CA600 Z-wave Switches / Dimmers
« Reply #153 on: June 28, 2013, 10:37:41 pm »
Are the intermatic switches the only ones that can be used in a 3way with regular switches?  Any others that don't require an auxiliary switch?

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Re: Sale on CA3000 / CA600 Z-wave Switches / Dimmers
« Reply #154 on: June 29, 2013, 06:49:34 pm »
Not possible with the CA600 based on design.  It has to pass power through the bulb to operate itself since it lacks a neutral.  The only option is to install a dummy load on the line (25W resistor) so that the bulbs don't get the power.  But this essentially means you're chewing up 25W at all times per circuit just to save money with home automation :-\
I do not believe that this conclusion is correct.  The proposed resistor is the KAL25FB1K50 1.5K OHM 25W Resistor.  25 watts is not the amount of power it draws or requires, like a light bulb rating, it is the maximum amount of power that the resistor can dissipate.  This resistor is rated at 1500 ohms, so at the American standard of 115 volts, it would draw 0.07667 amps and 8.81667 watts per Ohms law calculations.

When the switch is off, the circuit would draw no more than the trickle it usually does.  From a previous wise poster:

The reason for the requirement of the neutral wire is that the ZWave radio needs power to operate.

Those switches that do not require a neutral get their power by sending a small amount of current through the load, but not enough to cause the light bulb to light up.

Non-incandescent light bulbs usually do not tolerate having that small current constantly running through it.

So that is why there is a requirement for the neutral wire to the switch, for all ZWave switches other than switches only controlling incandescent lights.


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Re: Sale on CA3000 / CA600 Z-wave Switches / Dimmers
« Reply #155 on: January 15, 2015, 01:48:04 pm »
I realize this thread is old, but I thought I would add information for anyone that might need it in the future.  The instructions for CA600 and other Intermatic devices say to refer to the InTouch User/Install guide for information.  The link is no longer active on the Intermatic site, but I have located a copy of the guide through another source.  Here it is, in case anyone might need it in the future.

http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/In-touch-User-Guide-English.pdf