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Offline virginian

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I was misled by the switch description on the SmartHomeUsa site:

  http://www.smarthomeusa.com/ShopByManufacturer/ge-jasco/Item/45609/manual/

"..The GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control On/Off Switch enables wireless control of on/off functions of hard-wired incandescent, LED, xenon, halogen and fluorescent lighting."

Actually it doesn't, two hours of wasted time.

Thanks in advance.

Virginian


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Re: Could somebody recommend On/Off wall switch for fluorescent lighting?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2011, 10:58:45 am »
Why doesn't it work? I thought all on/off switches would control a fluorescent load.

That being said, I like my Levitons (switches and dimmers) better than any of the other brands. I've got some of each brand, and while the others work fairly well, the Levitons are by far my favorites.
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Re: Could somebody recommend On/Off wall switch for fluorescent lighting?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2011, 11:06:33 am »
I second CMRancho's choice in using leviton switchs and dimmers. They are of great quality and have a 5 year warranty. I have not had any issues (knock on wood) with mine. They are more then GE stuff, but well worth the extra cost.

In your case with the GE switch, any standard relay type switch should be able to control a fluorescent bulb. Makes me wonder either a: you have a faulty switch or b: it is not wired correctly.

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Re: Could somebody recommend On/Off wall switch for fluorescent lighting?
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2011, 11:10:24 am »
Without knowing what the issue is.
The switch does not work period? or the switch wont switch a fluorescent load?

Double check your Line / Hot & Load wires are not reversed.

JOD.

I'm sorry, my responses are limited. You must ask the right questions.

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Re: Could somebody recommend On/Off wall switch for fluorescent lighting?
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2011, 11:23:58 am »
Why doesn't it work? I thought all on/off switches would control a fluorescent load.

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No, they don't. Pure electronic switches work well with incandescent lamps and other resistive loads but fluorescent lamp has an "inductor type" ballast in its circuit and ideally needs old-fashioned electromechanical relay.

In my case switch wiring was OK,  but fluorescent lamp started flashing when I turned switch ON.

I read manual carefully and found the following:

Maximum Loads: 600W, incandescent, ½ HP Motor or 1800W
(15A) Resistive


No mention of fluorescent lamps, magnetic ballast etc.

Below is a link to the article on electrical ballasts in WiKi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_ballast
« Last Edit: January 18, 2011, 11:37:35 am by virginian »

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Re: Could somebody recommend On/Off wall switch for fluorescent lighting?
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2011, 11:39:36 am »
These switches do work with pretty much *ANY* bulb type so long as you have a neutral present. I have a few CFLs and LEDs controlled by this switch, as it is relay based!

The spec on the switch is correct and something else is wrong with your wiring or set up!

Are you sure you never got sent the dimmer by mistake?
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Re: Could somebody recommend On/Off wall switch for fluorescent lighting?
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2011, 11:45:21 am »
These switches do work with pretty much *ANY* bulb type so long as you have a neutral present. I have a few CFLs and LEDs controlled by this switch, as it is relay based!

The spec on the switch is correct and something else is wrong with your wiring or set up!

Are you sure you never got sent the dimmer by mistake?

No, I just tried to turn it ON. I'm afraid the problem in the way this dimmer works. When you just click the switch (without holding it) it still turns light gradually to max, which is just fine with incandescent lamps but doesn't work with the inductive ballast.
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Re: Could somebody recommend On/Off wall switch for fluorescent lighting?
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2011, 11:51:39 am »
You have the wrong switch then as its not a dimmer! They must have sent you the 45606 then! Check the Part number!

45609 = regular On/Off switch that works with pretty much anything
45606 = dimmer and will not work with CFL's (unless they are dimming capable and even then its still a crap shoot)
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Re: Could somebody recommend On/Off wall switch for fluorescent lighting?
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2011, 12:03:29 pm »
Look like Leviton VRS15-1L is the answer:



http://www.smarthome.com/45001/Leviton-RZS15-1LX-VRS15-1LX-Vizia-RF-Z-Wave-15-Amp-Switch/p.aspx

15-amp on/off switch controls fluorescent, magnetic/electronic low voltage, or motor loads


A little bit expensive though...

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Re: Could somebody recommend On/Off wall switch for fluorescent lighting?
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2011, 12:07:06 pm »
I would check your part number first ;)
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Re: Could somebody recommend On/Off wall switch for fluorescent lighting?
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2011, 12:09:06 pm »
You have the wrong switch then as its not a dimmer! They must have sent you the 45606 then! Check the Part number!

45609 = regular On/Off switch that works with pretty much anything
45606 = dimmer and will not work with CFL's (unless they are dimming capable and even then its still a crap shoot)

Thanks,

I beleive that's exactly what happend.



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Re: Could somebody recommend On/Off wall switch for fluorescent lighting?
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2011, 05:37:21 pm »
I picked up a couple of the GE ON/OFF switches from Amazon.  Installed one with florescent light and one with ceiling fan.  Both are working great.

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Re: Could somebody recommend On/Off wall switch for fluorescent lighting?
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2011, 06:44:15 pm »
Some Lowes sell the ge switches too - you may want to check your local hardware store.
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