Z-Wave equivalent of X10 PowerFlash Interface (LV contact input transmitter)?

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(Elliott Veares) #1

I have a X10 PowerFlash interface in a box moulded above my intruder alarm that currently turns on a X10 Light switch when 12V is applied to the PowerFlash module from the alarm panel.

What is the nearest Z-Wave equivalent of the PowerFlash Interface module that would allow me to turn on a Z-Wave light switch when the auxiliary output of my intruder alarm panel outputs 12V?

Mains supply is present in moulded box above alarm panel.


#2

The Fortrezz Mimolite is popular for this kind of application.

http://www.fortrezz.com/index.php/products/mimolite

It’s also on the official compatibility list:

There are couple of other devices that can work as well and might be a bit less expensive. Also, I see a few places are out of stock on this, which may mean there will be a new model coming out, although you can still find the current one at some major retailers:

I just mention that because a number of Z wave device manufacturers are bringing out new zwave plus models this year. Those give you about 50% longer-range than the older zwave generation so could be worth waiting for if there’s one on the horizon.

@Navat604 or one of the other electricians in the community might have some additional suggestions.


(Elliott Veares) #3

I was looking at the Fortrezz Mimolite, however the following statement “Input SIG1 is an analog input, internally pulled-up to the MIMOlite supply voltage.” confused me a bit.

The device is not going to apply power to the auxiliary output (what puts out 12V DC) of my Grade 2 rated Alarm Panel and damage it is it?


#4

Tagging @johnconstantelo


#5

Thanks @JDRoberts.

I haven’t used a mimolite in that kind of scenario (yet), but I don’t believe it will. If I were you I’d contact FortrezZ at support@fortrezz.com and describe your use case. They are great to work with. Tagging @dantheman2865 for awareness.

Also, documentation on FortrezZ’s website is more current than the Zwave Products site. Be sure to check these out:

http://fortrezz.com/index.php/component/jdownloads/send/2-user-manuals/15-mimolight-user-manual

and especially this one:

http://fortrezz.com/index.php/component/jdownloads/send/3-brochures/16-mimolight-technical-appendix

Here’s another use case for a mimolite that uses more of it’s functionality through the use of a potentiometer:


(Daniel Kurin) #6

Definitely email support@fortrezz.com to get a definitive answer, but the pull-up should source 1mA or less into your equipment when you pull that MIMOlite input low.

What is the model of your panel?