In-Wall Light Switches
In-wall light switches can be used with virtually any smart home network. These devices are perfect if you want to control your lights remotely or have your lights automatically turn on or off automatically. For automatic operation, you can have your lights activate with certain events and/or based on a predetermined schedule. No matter how you use your in-wall light switches, they are sure to make your life more convenient. You can even use these devices to save money on your energy bills by having your lights automatically shut off when they are not needed.
A smart in-wall switch is designed to replace an existing light switch. This will give you smart control over the overhead lights. There are also smart in-wall fan switches that allow you to control a ceiling fan for the room. Either way, you can now achieve smart operation for the overhead lights and fans in the room. Whether you're on-site and want to turn your light on and off from the switch, or if you're off-site and want to control your lights remotely, then that type of control is possible.
Although it might seem intimidating to install your own in-wall light switch, it is actually super easy. Before doing this, you should cut power to the light at the breaker. From there, you will want to remove the existing wall switch, and install the smart switch in its place. You can then restore power at the breaker. You should program the smart in-wall switch with whatever smart network you are using. This could include Z-Wave, Apple HomeKit, or really any smart network that you might build around.
If you have 3-way switches that control the same set of lights from multiple locations, then there are actually smart 3-way switches that you can use in those situations. There are even smart 3-way switches that can be used without a traveler wire. A traveler wire is the wire that connects all the switches together so that they operate the same lights. Instead of using a traveler wire, these smart lights will communicate wirelessly across the smart network. This is great for DIY installers who may have difficulties running a traveler wire.
There are many smart platforms that you can use with your in-wall light switches. Many owners of alarm systems will build around a Z-Wave network. This is because many alarm systems support Z-Wave devices. This way, you can control your alarm system and your smart devices from one convenient platform. Both the Alarm.com platform and the Total Connect 2.0 platform are great for controlling your security system and your Z-Wave smart home devices from one convenient spot. TC2 and ADC both have their own mobile apps for Android and iOS devices to make things more accessible. Or if you are an Apple user, you might build around the HomeKit platform. This will let you control your lights using Siri voice commands. If you have a proper HomeKit Hub set up, them you can do this from anywhere using your iPhone.