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Title: Smart Switch
Post by: johnes on February 03, 2014, 07:34:53 am
I have a lamp plugged into the Aeon Labs DSC24-ZWUS Smart Switch Z-Wave Appliance Module.

Now, I'd like to be able to turn the lamp on or off at will when I am home... is there a way to turn the lamp on or off at the switch? Or do I just have to remember to turn the lamp on after I am done so that the PLEG can deal with it?
Title: Re: Smart Switch
Post by: Z-Waver on February 03, 2014, 08:44:52 am
There is a button on the bottom of the DSC24-ZWUS that can be used to turn the module On and Off.

You can use a remote like the Aeon Labs Minimote (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007J26PIS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B007J26PIS&linkCode=as2&tag=zwavec-20), or the GE 45600 Handheld Remote (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013V6RW0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0013V6RW0&linkCode=as2&tag=zwavec-20), or a smartphone Vera app to manually operate the DSC24-ZWUS module.

Additionally, using a wall mounted Z-Wave controller such as the Evolve LTM-5 Accessory Switch (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OF8CJO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B008OF8CJO&linkCode=as2&tag=zwavec-20) you could switch the lamp module On and Off via the wall switch.

In all cases, use of the lamp's own built-in switch(rotary/pull chain) should be discontinued. If that switch is turned Off, there is no way to turn the lamp On using Z-Wave/Vera.

A different option, that I personally prefer, would be to Z-Wave enable the lamp with a Aeon Labs Micro In-Wall Appliance Switch (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008VWAPU4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B008VWAPU4&linkCode=as2&tag=zwavec-20) as I described in this thread (http://forum.micasaverde.com/index.php?topic=19294.0). With this method, you can have local control of the lamp and retain Z-Wave control at all times.
Title: Re: Smart Switch
Post by: SM2k on February 03, 2014, 08:54:17 am
I would recommend using something like the minimote. I used to use smartphone apps, but find the remotes are much faster as you don't need to fiddle with lock screens and loading apps and such.

After all the point of all these gadgets is to make things more convenient. If you ever find yourself needing to remember to do something to keep the house in the proper state, that's less convenient... ;)
Title: Re: Smart Switch
Post by: BulldogLowell on February 03, 2014, 08:57:17 am
I come across this when I have guests or my wife wants to turn on a lamp the old fashioned way.

You can also check to see if your z wave switch has 'voltage sensing'. It will turn on the device if the lamp's switch is cycled.

You just have to remember that if it is turned off this way, z wave cannot turn it back on (circuit is open).

I have my bedroom side table lamps set up this way, with vera turning them off with a timer.