Thanks in advance for any help you guys can offer. This post got away from me a bit, so I really appreciate anyone who takes the time to read it. I was unable to find an answer to this question elsewhere on the forum, and I think it could be a cool (and relatively cheap) project for a lot of people on here. Without further ado, here’s what I’m trying to do:
I wanted to replace the light switch in my bedroom with a multi-switch so I can wake-up/shut-down the house, in addition to locking/unlocking doors, when someone shows up. I looked into this guy ( http://tinyurl.com/zy3rfjz ) for that application, and I think it could work with the smartapps that this amazing user base have created, but it’s $200! I was thinking, “for that cost, I could just get a tablet!” which lands me here:
I am going to mount 7" Amazon Fire Tablet ($50) on the wall to control my stuff. I’ll be using smarttiles.click for the interface. I’m decent at wiring, and have installed quite a few switches in my home. The issue is that I want to place it where my current (single-gang, single-pole) light switch is located. I’ve looked into a duplex receptacle like this one ( http://tinyurl.com/hyzanxw ) for this project, to install where the light switch currently is. My idea is to use the always-on port with a slim USB charger to keep the tablet powered, and to somehow get smartthings to treat the z-wave receptacle as a switch to control the load, which is my bedroom lighting.
My bedroom lights are all lamps, plugged into 3 separate outlets, all of which are directly controlled by the one wall switch. I realize that I can just replace all of these outlets and solve the problem, but I’d like to avoid that if possible. So the issue is whether it’s possible to wire up the z-wave receptacle to act as a light switch, as far as smartthings is concerned.
I’d also be open to alternative suggestions. One thought I had was to replace the light switch with something like this ( http://tinyurl.com/jsojtdy ), and then somehow hard-wire a USB charger in there too.
Thanks again for any help you guys can offer!