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5.0 out of 5 stars Light switches for the 21st century, 3 Feb 2013
This review is from: LightwaveRF Connected Light Switch, Single Dimmer Wireless - iOS, iPhone and Android Smart Home Automation Control- Black Chrome (DIY & Tools)
The Lightwave RF truly are light switches for the modern era.

They are dimmer switches so your light bulbs need to be able to work with dimmers. The light switches themselves come in a variety of metal finishes; and 1 or two socket designs.

They come in two types; master and slaves to let them work with the lighting ring in your house (if you have connected lighting circuits - like up / down stairs.). Before you start it is worth nothing they need a 35mm deep light socket box so you may want to check before you begin that you wont need to do work on the boxes in the walls. Inside the packs is a good diagram showing you how to wire it up; if you aren't sure what you are looking find an electrician.

Once they are all connected up a feint amber light shows when the light is off and is replaced with a blue light when you turn it on. When you turn the light on the lights slowly fade up and the same when you power them down. Pressing and holding the switch enables the dimmer function to allow you to set the brightness how you want it. If you have a complex lighting circuit or aren't familiar with electrical wiring and lighting circuits or as I found a very complex lighting circuit - I strongly recommend you get an electrician to help you wire it up -better safe than sorry.)

You can pair the light switches with RF remote controls (they work through walls) of a couple of types; or there is a WIFI connection that lets you control your lights from an app on Apple or Android devices. The latter of which (depending on your home network) can let you check the status of your lights at home. Its class as a home automation device and there are thermostats, radiator controls and standard wall plug sockets all of which gain the RF control and app control features - which make it very easy to power things down to save energy.

The light switches look really great on the walls and the color status light helps you find them in the dark; and the ramp up of the lights makes turning them on feel like an event.
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