Anywhere switch, Leviton vs. Simply Automated?

bds42

Hiya-

Home automation and lighting control, anywhere switch, RF remote switch, virtual 3-way switches. Z-wave vs. UPB.  Simply Automated vs. Leviton.  I have 2 separate light fixtures in one hallway.  Each has light a single remote light switch connected to it.   Can I make these 2 loads work like they are on 3 way switches? So if I press switch 1, both lights come on, if I press switch 2, both lights go off, and vice versa?

I’m assuming if this would work that I’d need switches that do ‘instant status’.  What switches would you recommend for this?

Thanks much,
Bill

Z-Waver: I should be able to accomplish what you describe by using a Leviton VRS15-1LZ 15A Scene Capable Switch on each circuit/light. By associating the two switches, they should work in near unison with either switch turning them both On and Off together.

Edit: Instant Status would not be required for the above to work, only the associations. However, the added benefit of Instant Status to update Vera for use in scenes or triggers would be a bonus. These Levitons support Instant Status.

bds42: Thanks for the reply, ZWaver.

One question: Are those switches dimmable?  Or does switch mean switch and I need to find a ‘dimmer’ that does has the same capability as the one you mention?

SM2k

Thanks for the reply, ZWaver.

One question: Are those switches dimmable?  Or does switch mean switch and I need to find a ‘dimmer’ that does has the same capability as the one you mention?

 

The VRS15-1L does not dim. It is an on-off switch only. for dimming of incandescent loads of up to 600W, you might use the VRI06-1L. I am using both in my house and can confirm they work very well.

bds42: Great! Thanks for the help so far.  So I’ve ordered some of those VRI-06 dimmers.

Here’s another question: when you say “By associating the two switches, they should work in near unison with either switch turning them both On and Off together” … What do you mean associating them?  Is this doing something fancy via PLEG or is this something else?

Z-Waver: Vesternet’s Z-Wave Groups, Scenes & Associations explains the details quite well.

Basically you are programming one scene controller switch to control another Z-Wave device(s). This is directly between the switch and the device(s) and is independent of Vera or Vera’s scenes. In your specific case, each switch would be associated to control the other.

oTi@:  But can a VRI06 control another VRI06 (i.e. switch-to-switch vs. controller-to-switch)?

 

Z-Waver

But can a VRI06 control another VRI06 (i.e. switch-to-switch vs. controller-to-switch)?

 

The Leviton VRI06-1LZ 600W Incandescent  Dimmer, being scene-capable should also be able to be associated and control another VRI06, however I have not tested this.

Forum Source: http://forum.micasaverde.com/index.php?topic=23005.0   

Home Automation Anywhere Virtual Switches

Simply Automated
Anywhere 3-Way (On/Off) Virtual Switch Kit
Professional Grade Remote Lighting Control

 

Two high quality professional grade 900W switches replace existing mechanical wall switches, utilize same wires of existing wall switches – no traveler wires or batteries needed!  Turn on/off circuits from both switches (neutral wire required).

A simple cost effective alternative for the professional electrician – versus running costly new wiring or using consumer DIY (wireless 3-Way) options that do not always work.  Employs Simply Automated’s advanced powerline technology – transmits over 1 mile.  Wall plates sold separately.

  • 3-Way control of lights anywhere on your property without running new wires
  • Includes two (2) professional grade 900W switches
  • A cost effective alternative for the professional electrician
 
Anywhere 3-Way On/Off Switch Kit

Includes 2 professional grade on/off
single rocker switches (900W Max. each),
up to 4 pair can be used in the home.


Model: V3WAY-A

Anywhere 4- or More-Way On/Off Switch

One professional grade on/off single
rocker switch (900W) for use with Model
V3WAY-A to provide 4-way (or more-way) control.


Model: US1-V0

 

Up to 4 sets of Anywhere 3-Way Switch Kits can be used around the home.  Simply change each switch set to a different channel (1-4), for up to four separate zones of lighting control.  If 4-Way control is needed (3-switches), just add another Anywhere Switch (model US1-V0).  Any number of US1-V0 switches can be added, on any channel.

Simply Automated’s Anywhere Switches and Kits are incompatible (will not talk to or work) with any of Simply Automated’s PC-Configured, Pre-Configured, SimplySmartTM, or other UPB or UPStart product solutions.

 

Color Change Kits
(sold separately)

Easily change rocker color from gloss white to almond, ivory, light almond, black or brown.
Simply remove the existing rocker and snap on the desired color.

Color Model
White ZS11-W
Almond ZS11-A
Light Almond ZS11-LA
Ivory ZS11-I
Black ZS11-BK
Brown ZS11-BN

 


Comments

Anywhere switch, Leviton vs. Simply Automated? — 5 Comments

  1. I purchased 2 Leviton anywhere 3way switches. The case for one switch broke when I was installing. Very poor quality construction. Didn’t get a chance to see if it would actually give me a virtual switch. Returned and ordered a Simply Automated anywhere 3way switch kit. Very high quality as advertised. Easy install, took me about an hour, now able to turn on/off my rear entry light from my front door light. Wife loves it.

  2. Just catching up, I did not know much about Simply Automated, did some google searches and ran into Simply Autoamted a few months ago, installed the switch kit, easy install, works great, recommended for all.

  3. Installed Leviton anywhere switch at several homes over the past few years, tired of returning to replace batteries on my dime, switching to simply automated, thanks.

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