Looking for current ideas on independently controling Multiple zones (6-8) of landscape LED path lights, spot lights with low voltage 12VAC. I think I’ve narrowed the options to an RF relay instead of zwave, wanted to check if someone has experience setting this up and/or has a brand to recommend.
This is a new installation, we’re in the woods, like dark sky and some lights, so we want to have multiple zones of lights with separatae on/off remote control for each one. Originally I wanted dimming too, but will just calibrate the light brightness.
Thanks in advance for any comments. The discussions and creativity of this group has been very helpful with figuring out all the automation options (indoor lights, motor shades and now… outdoor lights). While some learning translates, there are significant differences -its outdoor, 12Vac (not DC).
Existing smart controls include:
- RF hub broadlink pro, with Alexa skill enabled for interior shades and some LED lights.
- Smartthings hub, and zwave powered light switches (not for the RF Control).
The max watts on a zone is under 5A, with 3-7 watt lights at 12V.
-Lights, spot lights etc… [Volt path lights, 12vAC]
The solution would ideally be straight forward and cost effective…
- Reasonable cost for 6-8 channels of separate on/off control
- Remote switches outside, near the landscape transformer outside
- works with low voltage wire off the transformer
1 - Rf relay switch - is this Ok to be outside, in a box?
Control via RF signal (from their remote programmed to the Broadlink hub)
Wired: power to the control (which could be 12vDC), then it is a dry relay switch for the 12vAC power to the lights
emylo 6 channel
2 - zwave relay- seem pricey for multiple channels
Enerwave, qubino, Fibaro…
mutli-channel zwave - but for indoor
The Zen16 says it is for indoor use only, with the temp range it wont be happy when it freezes. ? I have a question in them, they are super helpful
3 - Smart plug to the transformer - unless I get multiple transformers, this doesn’t seem effective for many zones.
I’m looking for a way to have more independent controls for separate sections.
Other parts of the system…still working out the full solution