I jumped into the SmartThings rabbit hole and associated switches a few years ago in an attempt to simplify some things in our home and also reduce some electrical expenses (family is really bad about leaving lights on when no one is home).
Over the corse of the first year, I replaced about 20 switches with the GE paddle switches (Dimmers, simple on/off switches, 3 way switches). I also did a few outlets and other items.
Over the past year, I’ve had well over half the switches and outlets fail. When I called GE, I was told the items had a 2 year warranty and that I would need my original receipt for every switch - easier said than done, I didn’t keep my receipts.
So, I’ve given up on getting them replaced under warranty, however I’m hesitant to buy new GE switches as the ones that failed all had a very similar failure point - the relay in the switch starts clicking once a second and you cannot control the switch physically via the button or the smart app.
Is there a better switch out there that has a better life span? At $40-60 a switch, it hurts to replace them every few years.