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#68969 - 08/22/06 11:05 AM wireless switches  
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Mornin, does any one remeber the couple brands of wire less three way's??? Leviton seems to have an idea or two but at some point i saw something in a toggle style i like better... just can't remeber were.


I have worked as an apprentice and on to a journeyman in a general construction company. 90% of what I do is residential. I have an associats degree in electrical technology. I have started my own buisness this year and am with out the help of other electricians. this is why i find this site so helpful.

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#68970 - 08/22/06 12:34 PM Re: wireless switches  
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Probably on the dimmer rack at Home Depot


#68971 - 08/22/06 12:34 PM Re: wireless switches  
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I'm not clear if you are asking for something that operates by radio, or something that operates over the power line, but doesn't need a specific switching connection between the switches. For the latter, I like SmartHome's Insteon line www.insteon.net . Here's the toggle version:

http://www.smarthome.com/2466dw.html


#68972 - 08/22/06 10:03 PM Re: wireless switches  
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Heath makes the toggle one. I also like the Smarthome versions better, they not only have PLC but also RF models for total wireless at the switch. Insteon is their premium brand which uses both PLC and RF signals simultaneously. The Heath is kind of a clunker with a big ugly box that sticks out like a wiremold box.


#68973 - 08/22/06 11:06 PM Re: wireless switches  
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well, i'll check them out here, and have a look. What i need is to be able to contol a light on a barn 120 ft from a house. I would like to have a switch in the barn and a switch in the house.


I have worked as an apprentice and on to a journeyman in a general construction company. 90% of what I do is residential. I have an associats degree in electrical technology. I have started my own buisness this year and am with out the help of other electricians. this is why i find this site so helpful.

#68974 - 08/23/06 10:57 AM Re: wireless switches  
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#68975 - 08/23/06 09:17 PM Re: wireless switches  
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try Home Controls x-10 3-way

http://www.homecontrols.com/cgi-bin/hci.pl?pgm=co_disp&func=displ&strfnbr=2&prrfnbr=2382&sesent=0,0&search_id=98197


#68976 - 08/24/06 09:24 PM Re: wireless switches  
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fwiw... tmkā€¦ The only RF INSTEON products at the moment are the phase-coupling units.

That's explained a bit more in:
http://www.insteon.net/pdf/insteondetails.pdf

Page 12 and 14 show how the different types of INSTEON devices communicate with each other.

I think their marketing materials make it easy to believe that the SwitchLinc Relays and Dimmers are RF, but they are only PL right now.

Eric


#68977 - 08/24/06 09:29 PM Re: wireless switches  
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fwiw, part 2...

INSTEON is pretty cost effective. Much more reliable than X10, too.

Would I install it for a customer? Humm... Depends upon the customer. Probably not. I've had a couple of problems that would cause a call-back. That said, I would consider it.

We have a HD in the area that stocks them, I've been told.

Eric

[This message has been edited by ehill (edited 08-24-2006).]



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