What smart wall switch is the best? In today’s episode we are going to compare and review the GE, Leviton, and Lutron smart switches, both dimming and non-dimming.
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When selecting a wall switch for your smart home, it is important to know what type of switch you need and what look you want. For example, for some applications you want a dimmer, and others you need a three-way switch. If you want a dimmer, you need to make sure that the device you are controlling will handle a dimmer. For example, if you are controlling a ceiling fan or a standard fluorescent shop light, don’t opt for the dimmer model. A dimmer could damage your device or the switch itself.
The second consideration is the look of the switches you have in your home already. For me, it is important that I achieve two things: 1) I want to have uniform switches types throughout my home, regardless of if they are smart switches or regular switches; 2) I want the switch color to match the other switches in my home. I have a total of 37 wall switches in my home. 15 of which are smart switches. I don’t plan to replace all of the remaining 22 switches, so I want the smart switches to match my existing switches as much as possible. So I use white paddle switches instead of toggle style.
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The first two switches we are going to look at are the standard GE and Leviton Paddle Style Non-Dimming zwave smart switches. Both switches look like a normal paddle style switch. Both have a small zwave indicator light that illuminates when the light is off, making it easier to find the switch in the dark. Both will work manually, even when the smart home hub is offline. And both fit into a standard switch box.
The Lutron switch always rests in the on position. This is true regardless of if the light is on or off. Turning devices on or off is always performed by pressing the bottom of the switch, the action you would normally perform to turn the light off. And just like the GE switch, the only way to tell what state the switch is actually in is to look at the green light on the bottom or the light you are controlling . This only matters if the light is burned out and you don’t know if the switch is on or off.
Next we will look at the GE paddle dimmer and the Lutron Dimmer. One thing I like about the GE Dimmer switch is that it looks exactly like the non-dimming switch. So, again, in my house, all switches look the same. To dim or brighten the light, simply long press the switch to control the dim. Tapping the switch down or up turns the light off or on. And on is always to the last brightness setting of the switch.
All switches easily integrated with my Wink Hub and are all accessible to my Amazon Echo groups and voice commands through Alexa.
So, all in all, while I like all of the switches we talked about today, I am using the GE line for a majority of my house. I plan to remove the Leviton switch from my laundry room and replace it with a GE switch. And I will repurpose the Leviton into my garage to control a less frequently used light. This will keep the look and the experience of the switches in my house consistent.
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