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Cheapest Way for Remote Control of Lights

My shop is in a separate building about 100' from the house. A wifi extender delivers a good enough signal such that I can watch HD video via Roku in the shop. That is my only connectivity.


Occasionally, I forget to turn off one of more of the three lights inside the shop. Our schedule in the main house is that we never notice a light being left on in the shop until we are getting ready for bed. Also, it seems this only happens when it is cold, rainy or snowing, and windy. My enthusiasm for going over to the shop is at a low ebb.


Is there an inexpensive way for me --- via an app on the phone, I suppose, or even via my PC --- to control those light switches from the main house and thus avoid my trips in the rain and wind and cold?
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There are cheaper ways but Lutron Caseta and a Pico remote kit would be a good start.
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How about some sort of protocol for the lights that can be run by a programmable hub. Then you can set them to automatically get an "off" command every night at a certain time. It could be a very simple system. I don't have a recommendation, but there's got to be something very simple available since you have somewhat of a wi-fi signal.
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There are a number of low cost wireless switches and plugs that fit your bill, they can be controlled from your phone, just get on Amazon and search "wireless smart plug" and "wireless smart switch".


I have used the Jinvoo (app) compatible plugs with good results.

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I use Sengled for this. However, there may be cheaper alternatives.
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I would go with the Lutron Caseta kit - has an app. These products will be around for a long time and Lutron provides support. I tried some cheap amazon wifi light dimmers - those companies come and go and constantly change their products - try to replace one of those switches or add new ones 2-3 years from now. The ones we bought are nowhere to be found anymore -had to buy some off ebay -some no name wifi off amazon.
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My shop is in a separate building about 100' from the house. A wifi extender delivers a good enough signal such that I can watch HD video via Roku in the shop. That is my only connectivity.


Occasionally, I forget to turn off one of more of the three lights inside the shop. Our schedule in the main house is that we never notice a light being left on in the shop until we are getting ready for bed. Also, it seems this only happens when it is cold, rainy or snowing, and windy. My enthusiasm for going over to the shop is at a low ebb.


Is there an inexpensive way for me --- via an app on the phone, I suppose, or even via my PC --- to control those light switches from the main house and thus avoid my trips in the rain and wind and cold?
if your wifi is good enough to stream, its good enough to turn off a light.
TP-Link wifi light switch is nice and cheap and reliable.
https://www.amazon.com/Kasa-Smart-Li.../dp/B01EZV35QU

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