Most rooms in my house have a lamp that plugs into an outlet which is controlled by a wall switch. I want to add automation to these lights but would still like to toggle them from the wall switch.
I have a Zooz dimmer switch controlling my porch lights and figured I could just buy the on/off version for my lamps. However, there was a warning not to use the switches with switched receptacles. I emailed Zooz to ask them about this and was told the switches were only rated for lighting loads per regulations and electrical code. They had switch failures from the switch being used with heaters and vacuums.
I only plan on using the outlet for a lamp, but there is the possibility of someone who doesn’t know any better unplugging the lamp to plug something else in. I was leaning towards the Zooz switches because I prefer a toggle style and they don’t need an add on for 3 ways.
Am I going to run into this issue with other switches like the switches from Jasco or the relays that go behind the existing switches? Is there a certain type of switch I should be looking for? Zooz recommended using the bottom switch of this https://www.thesmartesthouse.com/collections/zooz/products/zooz-z-wave-plus-s2-double-switch-zen30-white-for-light-fan-combo but it says it won’t work in a 3 way and I’m really hoping to keep a toggle style.
How serious would it be if I went ahead and used the Zooz Zen23 switch? Is my house going to burn down because a well meaning relative plugged the vacuum into the outlet or will the switch stop working after I used it for a heater all winter?