I have a single switch controlling the kitchen lights (at a ridiculously inconvenient location) and want to add:
1 - an additional switch in an existing socket (an existing 3 way switch is unneeded and I’ll remove to make space / get power).
2 - a battery powered switch at another doorway where there is no existing power/socket.
I don’t want a hub involved - I just want the behavior of a true 3 way switch. And I want them to match the existing Leviton Decora switches. The goal is that it all looks pretty much exactly like the existing switches and behaves ‘instantly’ like a physical 3/4 way.
From reading the forum, it seems like GoControl WS15Z-1 as the load switch (I don’t want/need a dimmer) and the WT00Z-1 as accessory will fit the bill for #1. I also found WT00Z5-1on Amazon - is that an equivalent accessory switch? Although I just noticed that’s not for delivery until Jan/Feb of next year so I guess that’s moot!
I have no hub yet since I’m new to home automation but I believe that a minimote can be used to associate them even without a hub (is that correct?). However I see that’s discontinued so the best I’ve found so far is $65 used arriving between Dec 3rd and Dec 18th.
It looks like the best price and delivery speed for the switches is used off Amazon to get them 2 day by Monday 26th. I don’t mind used as long as there’s not a known history of these going bad and I might be getting a duff switch? But 2 day is pointless if I’m blocked for 1-3 weeks on the minimote.
So my questions are:
- Is there yet an alternative to the minimote that’s more available / cheaper and can still do the hub-less association? Or have I simply no alternative but to wait on it arriving? Or any suggestions where I could source one quicker (in US).
- Can the minimote do the association without a hub involved? Update: I think I just found a video demonstrating how to do that so I’m now pretty certain the answer is yes.
- Are there other switch pairs that are reliable and I could use instead of the GoControl ones?
- I haven’t found anything yet about battery switches - what is available? I can make a hole for a socket if necessary but surface mount would be a lot easier to avoid having to cut holes in tiling.
Update: Found the Eaton RF9500AW. Not Decora but is surface mount. Comments in the threads here seem to indicate this might be the only surface mount switch.