- Smart light switches for Alexa
Due to some questionable wiring choices (I assume) dating from when our hosue was built, the light switches could do with being moved.
We really need to rewire the whole place so are saving up for that – in the interim I figured that if I could just change the existing switches in daft places for a smart switch, we could just yell at Alexa instead…
So, has anyone tried and liked a smart switch that can just be wired in place of a standard one?
The probelmatic ones are single switches other than the double that controls kithcen lights on one swithc and an outside ight on another. None of them are lights with multiple switches on.
Really dont want a system that requires a separate bridge or hub, would rather use Alexa for that.
SiPosted 1 month agotwowheelsMember
Do the switches have live AND neutral wires running to them?
If it’s just an “out and back” live from the light fitting the cheapest smart switches are not an option- you’d need one with a battery that charges by sucking power from the live when current is flowing(light is on)Posted 1 month ago5labMember
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-White-Ambiance-Wireless-Dimmer/dp/B07SR3DTPR/Posted 1 month ago
Would do exactly what you want
Will need to check if there’s a neutral to the switch in that case, thanks muddyjames & twowheels.
Smart bulbs not an option, there are 8 individual bulbs in the kitchen in two fittings and one of the other lights has an exposed bulb and all the smart bulbs I’ve seen aren’t the nicest looking.
If anyone else has smart switches (not smart bulbs) please chime in!
SiPosted 1 month agosharkbaitMember
Well it depends how techy you want to go.
I’ve been using a number of Energenie light switches, wall sockets and plug adaptors in two houses for a few years and have found them to be good.
Although you can get a hub and a remote (they work with Alexa also) I mainly control mine using a Raspberry Pi which switches lights on and off according to the sunset/sunrise so they’re completely automated.
I can also switch them on and off using my phone just by running a simple Python script.
I’ve also installed Fauxmo on the Pi so it looks like a Belkin Wemo router to an Alexa device – so I can also just tell Alexa to switch [whichever] lights on and off.
It’s a really adaptable system and the rangle is very good. The wall light switches, obviously, do a number of downlights and outside lights while the wall sockets/adaptors can switch groups of table lamps. In our holiday house, which is totally electrically heated, there’s a Pi that checks the air temp every minute, records it to a cloud service and switches the heating on and off using the wall sockets.
As I said though, you don’t need a Pi… just use Alexa and/or the remote.
Forgot to say…. no neutral needed for the light switches.Posted 1 month agodangeourbrainSubscriber
You can get truly wireless switches from Philips to run hue kit but they’re ugly as sin.
Xaomi do a live only switch mi8 fire wire I think but you’ll need to do some Googling for that. Their wireless switches are actually not bad but pricey and need an aqara hub,then you’ll need smart bulbs any way.
Alternatively use something like a sonoff wireless relay to switch the fitting (which is what I’ve done for the fluorescents I’ve got) and do away with switches altogether.Posted 1 month agotwowheelsMember
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Looks like you might need to chuck a capacitor in one of the light fittings (I guess the smart switch trickles some current through permanently to keep it alive, rather than using an internal battery)Posted 1 month agoredfiveMember
I used one of the new Sonoff Minis to make led tube lights in my garage smart. Smart bulbs weren’t really an option in there and they have the disadvantage of being reliant on people leaving the light switches on.Posted 1 month ago
The Sonoff Mini has a separate switching circuit built in so you can still use the switch normally (prevents confusing the Luddites), without causing the smart switch to go offline.
It works really well, but I found it best to place the Sonoff at the light fitting where all the wires converge, in place connecting everything in the ceiling rose.slowolMember
I fitted some Phillips hue lights in the hall to avoid chasing down the wall for an extra switch.
They work well (we don’t have Alexa) and got a good deal on Black Friday last year. You can turn them on/off with either your phone, a tablet or a wall switch. I used standard Phillips bulbs in the other 2 lights in the hall so that light colour is matching.
It isn’t cheap (about £80-100 for 3 standard bulbs, one hub and one switch) but works and is much easier than chasing into (newly decorated) walls and pulling up carpets for wiring.
P.S. I know someone who has their whole house done with colour changing bulbs and can make a disco with one touch of their phone. Totally OTT!Posted 1 month ago
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