Hi everyone, I’m very glad I found this community. I’m starting a project where I want to set up THREE separate zones for low-voltage outdoor lighting (front yard, back yard, driveway), and I’d like to be able to control each separately using a smart switch.
From a purely technical perspective I think I know what needs to be done. I’ll need three separate transformers (one for each zone) and three smart switches like the GE 45604 Z-Wave Technology Outdoor Module for Lighting Control that seems popular.
My problem is that I’m not sure how to practically install all of this on the side of the house and the installation be reasonably clean and weather-proof. First of all, since I need to plug in three transformers, and I only have a normal two-outlet outdoor GFI outlet, I’ll need to get some kind of splitter. Second, I know the GE Z-wave is rated for outdoor use, but having all of those connections just sitting on the side of my house makes me nervous.
Is there an optimal way to do this? Should I maybe attach some kind of waterproof container on the side of the house to install all these things (the transformers, the wiring plugs, the smart switches, inside? Would there be a potential problem with the smarthome hub (or Wink hub I haven’t decided yet) being able to see the switches inside a container?
Thanks for your advice!