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Offline dannieboiz

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Anything to use bedside to turn on/off a single device?
« on: April 27, 2017, 11:43:08 pm »
We have lamp modules for a nightstand lights. Was wondering if there are single button switches we can install beside to trigger the lights on/off so we're not actually turning off the switch at the light which will beat the purpose of the modules.

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Re: Anything to use bedside to turn on/off a single device?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2017, 12:32:06 am »
You can get along minimotes. They are 4 button, battery powered remotes. They go on sale regularly in 3 packs.

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Re: Anything to use bedside to turn on/off a single device?
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2017, 12:42:56 am »
The minimizes are great because you can get them on the cheap.  But they do have to re recharged every 2-3 months.

Are the lamp moduals dimmable?  Another more expensive option are Cooper Battery powered switch.  They work and look just like a dimmable light switch that you stick on the wall.  Batteries last a year or more.


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Re: Anything to use bedside to turn on/off a single device?
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2017, 02:43:02 am »
There's a button-only from Fibaro:

http://www.vesternet.com/z-wave-fibaro-button

or an integrated z-wave cord switch here:

http://www.vesternet.com/z-wave-swiidinter-cord-switch
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Re: Anything to use bedside to turn on/off a single device?
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2017, 04:09:47 am »
A google home or alexa

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Re: Anything to use bedside to turn on/off a single device?
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2017, 08:13:58 am »
I have a minimote on the nightstand that can switch on/off the bed room lights, livingroom lights and front and back outside lights. The built-in battery lasts almost 3 months. Recharging is not an issue for me as my iHome alarmclock has a USB charging port. So if the 'mote goes low, I hook it up during the day while I am at work and I am good to go again when I come home.

Minimotes' go on sale at buydig.com on a regular basis and can go as low as $13 a 'mote for a 2 pack. I have about 5 scattered around the house an one in the car I use as a garage door opener as it was cheaper than buying a new GDO remote and works just as well.

Alternatively, I can holler at Alexa for her to switch off/on the various lights and she'll oblige...

Why not automated you ask? Well, I share my house with several German Shedders who 'patrol' the house during the night and set of the PIR sensor I'd have to use to make lights come on or off. I'm not about to stick an RFID tag on myself and have readers on both side of the door jamb so they can read if I enter or leave the room and switch lights accordingly...
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Re: Anything to use bedside to turn on/off a single device?
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2017, 01:04:05 pm »
An amazon dash button

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Re: Anything to use bedside to turn on/off a single device?
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2017, 04:12:05 pm »
This is what I use.  It's annoying to program but works well once you get it.

https://www.amazon.com/GE-45631-Z-Wave-Wireless-Controller/dp/B003OUWABU
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Re: Anything to use bedside to turn on/off a single device?
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2017, 11:47:42 am »
I have a minimote on the nightstand that can switch on/off the bed room lights, livingroom lights and front and back outside lights.
I tried the minimote, but I believe it needs to be in direct range of the controller for it to run scenes.  Otherwise it is limited to direct association.  This doesn't work very well for me as my bedroom is too far from the controller and I want to do more than toggle a local lamp.  Are you in direct range of the controller?  Or do you get around this limitation somehow?  Or do I misunderstand the minimote?

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Re: Anything to use bedside to turn on/off a single device?
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2017, 02:36:48 pm »
I'm not sure of the range of the minimote but the one I use in the car as a garage door opener is able to open that from like a 100ft (+ 1 cinder block wall and 3 drywall wall to go thru) away from the controller. Based on that I'd say it's hooked up to the mesh and reaches the nearest zwave node rather than the controller itself.

The one in my bedroom is about 40ft and 3 walls away from the controller. But less than 10 feet away from either of 2 zwave mains powered devices.
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Re: Anything to use bedside to turn on/off a single device?
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2017, 06:22:31 pm »
I use a Fibaro wall plug and Alexa on my bedside.
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Re: Anything to use bedside to turn on/off a single device?
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2017, 12:27:16 am »
I'm not sure of the range of the minimote but the one I use in the car as a garage door opener is able to open that from like a 100ft (+ 1 cinder block wall and 3 drywall wall to go thru) away from the controller. Based on that I'd say it's hooked up to the mesh and reaches the nearest zwave node rather than the controller itself.

The one in my bedroom is about 40ft and 3 walls away from the controller. But less than 10 feet away from either of 2 zwave mains powered devices.
Are you using the Scene mode or the Group mode of the minimote?  Sounds like Group mode (https://aeotec.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/6000035629-in-depth-minimote-guide).  So you can turn nearby devices off/on, but you can run a scene on the Vera?  Or is that guide not accurate?  Thanks.

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Re: Anything to use bedside to turn on/off a single device?
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2017, 10:56:25 am »
I'm actually using scene mode as all buttons run scenes on Vera to achieve what I want done. None of the buttons is hooked up directly to a device.
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Re: Anything to use bedside to turn on/off a single device?
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2017, 12:24:11 pm »
I'm actually using scene mode as all buttons run scenes on Vera to achieve what I want done. None of the buttons is hooked up directly to a device.
Interesting.  That would imply that scene mode does not need to be in direct access with the controller.  I'll have to try this again.  Maybe there was some other issue that prevented this from working for me.  I gave up when I read that Minimote guide, but perhaps it is outdated.

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Re: Anything to use bedside to turn on/off a single device?
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2017, 04:26:22 pm »
For Minimote, on UI 7, Scene mode is the default when you include it on the Vera side.
It does not have to be in direct communication with the Vera.  I have a large house, they work fine everywhere in my house.  I use a Velcro command strip to put them on the wall, makes it easy to remove them and recharge them or carry them around, and a label printer to print out what the various buttons do that I stick on the front.
My only problem... remembering to recharge them!