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ISO deal on 3-way wall switch for fluorescent ballasts

(Garrett Hensley) #1

I know this usually works the other way, but I’d like to find a 3way toggle switch to control some lights in my garage. They are on standard fluorescent ballasts so I want to avoid a dimmer. Has anyone seen a sale? It doesn’t have to be an amazing deal. Just stubborn and hate paying retail.

(Hal) #2

Zooz switches are good price even if not on sale.

Latest version is supposed to work in 3-way config with standard dumb switch and no wiring changes. I’ve got 4 of them waiting for me to have time to install.

(Jon Herring) #3

I have two Zooz switches in my house, they come with 3 way instructions - I’m not using the 3 way. They work great with Smart things.

(Hal) #4

I’ve got two of these

And two of the newest dimmers

(Garrett Hensley) #5

Awesome, thanks everyone. I’ll have to try these, they are indeed cheaper than I’ve seen the GE on sale. I have a dimmer and add-on switch combo now, but the lights ramp up and I’m afraid I’ll damage a ballast. Theae look promising and if they work with a regular switch that’s a big bonus.


Hi guys
Is it ok to use this toggle switch(ZooZ Zen23 2.0) for a basement light that has I think eight max ten 32W T12 fluorescent light. Which Watt limit does this fall into? I see 150W for Led and 960W for incandescent. Does it matter if it has an electronic ballest or the old style starter?


That’s definitely the 150W limit and we don’t recommend using the switches with tubes (whether electronic ballast or old style starter). Any type of fluorescent tube light will cause power spikes at start-up that may damage the electronics so we recommend changing fluorescent tubes to LED before installing any type of Z-Wave switch to control them. It will be hard to fit into the 150W limit either way. Maybe the GE 1000W switch (model 14299) could work better here? We’ve never carried it so it’s best to check with Jasco support first.

(Enis Hoca) #8

@packerprogrammer out of curiosity - why do you want to stick to fluorescent instead of upgrading to LED?

(Garrett Hensley) #9

Because I’m cheap mostly. And from my experience just swapping out to an LED tube has nowhere near the life. I’ve had bad luck with them.


I found some cheap 2 x 4 led fixtures. Now the issue is it’s close to 120w but I Wish I could use ZooZ ZEN27