Hello! I just recently moved into a house that I’m interested in making a bit smarter, and I have a few simple questions that I want to double-check before I plonk down some money or do things the wrong way.
I’ve got a ceiling light that is not currently connected to a wall switch. It is operated via a pull cord. It is very hard for me to run new wires to that light because of the way the house is built. I’d like to solve the problem with a z-wave switch and a z-wave relay installed in the light fixture, but I’d also like to do it in a way where I can leave it installed after I move out and take my hub with me.
I’ve got my eye on the GE 12727 because it would blend in well with the normal toggle light switches I’ve got everywhere else. Just need to double-check: I can connect it to hot, neutral, and ground, but since the light I want to control is not wired to that box, I won’t be able to connect load. Will the switch function without a load connected? Searching around, it seems like other GE switches do, but I want to be sure…
If I got a GE 12727 switch, a monoprice Z-wave in-wall on/off relay,and a AeonLabs Minimote, could I set up the 12727 switch to trigger the relay if a hub like Smartthings is not present? Basically just a mesh of the switch and the relay?
If this would work, is there a similar z-wave product to the monoprice relay that also supports dimming?
Basically, I’m trying to figure out the pros and cons of doing this versus spending a few days cursing and diving into three-plus feet of blown insulation in the attic in order to run some proper wires to the ceiling light that could be controlled in the normal ways.
Thanks for your time!