I’ve had the GE Z-wave Toggle Switch running my front outside lights for 2+ years (purchased March 2016). Tonight SmartThings sent the command to turn on the outside lights as part of the sundown routine. But instead of the lights turning on and staying, the switch’s relay starting clicking on and off. The switch was unresponsive to manual switching or to SmartThings.
I thought it could be the Hub stuck in a loop sending commands so I powered it off. No change. Then I turned off the breaker for a while. After a few minutes I tried restoring power but the switch immediately started cycling the relay again. I had to change it out with a dumb switch I (luckily) had on hand.
- Has anyone experienced this with these switches?
- Is this dangerous? I’m worried if I hadn’t been home. It’s holiday season and we just got home from a trip a few days ago and are heading out on one again soon. I’d hate to think this would happen while we’re away.
- Is 2-3 years the expected lifespan of these things? That seems awfully short.
Luckily this is the only failure I’ve had so far. But I only have 2 of these switches. I literally just placed an order for a dozen more on a Black Friday sale and I’m not sure how I feel about that given this situation. It’d be helpful to know it’s not dangerous.