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Wall mounted light control - Any ideas
« on: January 03, 2011, 09:51:57 pm »
Hi Everyone, I just got my z-wave lights all configured into my system and I finally have the USB-UIRT and the GYR3101 on the way (should be here in a week).

I am in the process of making it easier to turn on the lights without going through either my main android touch orbiter or through the interface in the living room.

Has anyone used one of the z-wave light controls parallel with our orbiters? I was thinking of using the ACT ZTH100 and just sticking it by the front door to make it easy to turn on all of the lights without having to wire anything to it.

The main problem is that I still rent, and I am not ripping holes in the walls that aren't already existing...

Any other ideas? I really wanted to put in a touch screen control, but haven't found any good way to do that yet...

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Re: Wall mounted light control - Any ideas
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2011, 10:06:49 pm »
I am currently building a couple of wall-mounted orbiters using the Nokia N800 (one for hallway, one for kitchen), might be worth considering.

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Re: Wall mounted light control - Any ideas
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2011, 03:23:54 am »
Hi Everyone, I just got my z-wave lights all configured into my system and I finally have the USB-UIRT and the GYR3101 on the way (should be here in a week).

I am in the process of making it easier to turn on the lights without going through either my main android touch orbiter or through the interface in the living room.

Has anyone used one of the z-wave light controls parallel with our orbiters? I was thinking of using the ACT ZTH100 and just sticking it by the front door to make it easy to turn on all of the lights without having to wire anything to it.

The main problem is that I still rent, and I am not ripping holes in the walls that aren't already existing...

Any other ideas? I really wanted to put in a touch screen control, but haven't found any good way to do that yet...

Why not just use a ZWave wireless light switch...

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Re: Wall mounted light control - Any ideas
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2011, 08:19:29 pm »
Why not just use a ZWave wireless light switch...

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That would also be mine first suggestion. Orbiter is an overkill for such simple task.
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Re: Wall mounted light control - Any ideas
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2011, 11:17:05 pm »
yea, I'm thinking of getting just a simple battery powered zwave remote i can stick on the wall.

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Re: Wall mounted light control - Any ideas
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2011, 01:06:43 am »
yea, I'm thinking of getting just a simple battery powered zwave remote i can stick on the wall.

...you just need a 1 or 2 paddle wireless switch

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Re: Wall mounted light control - Any ideas
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2011, 08:30:50 pm »
I haven't tried those yet.  Are the z wave switches programmable?

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Re: Wall mounted light control - Any ideas
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2011, 03:47:40 pm »
I haven't tried those yet.  Are the z wave switches programmable?

Yes they are, but what king od programmability are you expecting ?
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Re: Wall mounted light control - Any ideas
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2011, 04:22:00 pm »
I have had a really hard time finding such an animal...

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Re: Wall mounted light control - Any ideas
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2011, 06:18:04 pm »
Wow, that sounds like you don't have another option than an Orbiter to turn on the light?
That was the first point i thought about when i implemented my home automation...

Think about you have an emergency and the medic is not able to help because you first have to reboot your core?!
I have a 4-Channel Enocean-Switch in every room. They are directly programmed to the main light and the blinds but also into my home automation.
This way i can make sure that the light goes on when i press the button. Even if my server is down.

All the best,
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Re: Wall mounted light control - Any ideas
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2011, 07:30:54 pm »
What kind of zwave devices are you guys using?  Why can't you just walk over to the zwave wall switch and turn the lights on?  My switches look just like regular switches... well decorative regular switched.  I can turn the lights on and off via LMCE or the old fashion way.

If I'm mistaken and you're looking to turn on all lights in the house, or the bedroom light from the kitchen by pushing one button mounted on the wall.  You can find those on ebay all day everyday.  Just search for zwave switches.  It'll be some where in the results, I see them all the time.


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Re: Wall mounted light control - Any ideas
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2011, 09:20:27 pm »
Those are the ones I've seen around the web.

I'm holding out for something like this.  We have a few dozen of these all throughout the new building where I work.  They're definitely not zwave but they're fully programmable and wicked expensive.  If anyone finds something like this Let me know.

http://public.lovellfam.net/pics/web/wallswitch.jpg

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Re: Wall mounted light control - Any ideas
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2011, 09:30:58 am »
What i like very much is the new series of Thermokon.

Have a look:
http://www.thermokon.de/EN/room-operating-pannels/thanos--touch-room-operating-panel.html

For me they are perfect (except for the price) because i use Enocean but unfortunately (for you) they don't support zwave.

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Re: Wall mounted light control - Any ideas
« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2011, 05:44:38 pm »
I didn't have a remote to start, because what I was doing was originally just proof of concept work. Now, I'm almost finished moving into my new pad, and now I will be going all out. Lights, blinds, etc.

Great input everyone! thanks