Does anybody make a wireless system for converting a single light
switch to multiple light switch?
Problem: have a single light switch located in the most obnoxious
location, some idiot laid out the switch locations. Want to have TWO
controls of these lights, with the controls mounted in more
Solution: a ?? that mounts behind the original switch with built in
receiver, plus two wireless transmitters [or three] that toggle the
light setting. The wireless controllers need only be as large as the
wireless doorlock controllers on your car keys. Each could easily
mount in the selected locations with a low profile to blend in,
looking like regular, wired switches.
Anybody make these things?
There are loads of caveats with x10.
- It works for some, not for others. The X10 communications protocol is crap
so interference in some homes causes "issues". There are problems crossing
transformer (except when you don't want it to), though there are fixes for
this. However, if it works at all it's usually fairly reliable. It's
possible to get interference from neighbors.
- The hardware is cheap, in every sense of the word.
- Some X10 (older, primarily) stuff is very sensitive to transients. A blown
out light bulb is enough to take some switches out.
- X10.com is one of the worst spammers on the planet. Once they have your
email address, they'll keep your inbox full. Deal with them with this in
All that said, X10 does have its benefits and no one has done a "better" job
in 30ish years. BTW, Leviton makes X10 compatible devices. Leviton is higher
up the food chain (better products but with a price to go with it) but still
has the reliability issues.
X-10 makes some remote controls that are as thin as a normal light
switch plate. I think you just stick it on the wall (it may have screw
holes also but I'm not sure). Then of course you need the receiver end
at the light.
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