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I want to have a lightswitch that control an outlet across the room without having to run a wire. X10 sounded perfect, but they said the only way to do that is to get a transceiver to plug into the outlet across the room and use a remote control (held in your hand). What I want is an actual light switch that I can put in the switch panel as you enter the room. Is there a product like this?


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Does this switch have to control an existing light as well?


In any case using UPB devices you can get a dimming switch and a controllable outlet. With the correct model of dimming switch you can control both a local load (such as a ceiling light) and the outlet.


This is one brand that has products that could do what you want:

http://www.simply-automated.com/products/index.html
 

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tomscave - so the slimline wall switch is the same as the thing you hold in your hand (ie no wires) but it mounts on the wall?


If that's the case, the X10 salesman was the worst ever because he said they didn't sell anything like that!


So I could set one of the buttons to control multiple lamp modules simply by having the lamp modules on the same channel?


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tomscave - so the slimline wall switch is the same as the thing you hold in your hand (ie no wires) but it mounts on the wall?


If that's the case, the X10 salesman was the worst ever because he said they didn't sell anything like that!


So I could set one of the buttons to control multiple lamp modules simply by having the lamp modules on the same channel?


Thanks,


Dave

The slimline switch has no wires (It's a wireless remote) and it has tape on the back, so you can stick it on the wall. It's not much thicker than a regular wall switch cover plate. Yes, you can set as many modules as you want to the same channel and control them with one button on the slimline switch. Sounds like a misinformed salesman.
 

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Also, do these things break often (ie is it worth getting the warranty?)

I didn't get the extended warranty and IMHO it's not needed. I have the setup I gave you the link for and it's been working great.
 

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Originally Posted by daviddoria /forum/post/15538180


tomscave - so the slimline wall switch is the same as the thing you hold in your hand (ie no wires) but it mounts on the wall?


If that's the case, the X10 salesman was the worst ever because he said they didn't sell anything like that!


So I could set one of the buttons to control multiple lamp modules simply by having the lamp modules on the same channel?


Thanks,


Dave

Correct!


You put the wireless wall switch where ever you like and it will control any X10 module. Such as a wall switch, lamp module, appliance module, ect.


But lets get back to what you originally asked. You want a switch that you can wire in at an existing switch box. For this application you will need a XPT base unit to wire into the wall and the switch plate that snap on to the front of the base. If you are only controlling that one outlet then you would get XP1 pad. You could go all the way up to 4 X10 codes from one transmitter base.


As far as the outlet goes you would want a SR227 wire-in X10 controlled outlet. Rated at 15amps, the top socket on the outlet is controlled by X10 and the bottom socket is always on. There is a 20amp version where both outlets are always controlled by the same X10 code.


So just to recap you need an XPT Base, XP1 pad, and a SR227 outlet to have a complete system.


Hope this helps!
 

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You can peel and stick the switch plate anywhere you want. I have this and it works great.

http://www.x10.com/promotions/ss13a_...118_burst.html

The system that is linked above will only control 300 watts of regular incandescent lighting ONLY! If you are trying to control anything other then regular old style lighting then this system IS NOT WHAT YOU NEED.


Just trying to save you a return.
 

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Great, thanks for all the help everyone!


Is X10 kind of going by the way side? I've seen other things (zwave, etc) that are more expensive, which usually means newer or better? I saw that some of these other things use PPM where X10 uses a fixed carrier. Is there really any difference??
 

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If you want to stay away from x10, you can also do this with an Insteon wall switch and an Insteon plug-in module or outlet.


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I don't know anything about a remote that looks like a wall switch, but I know of one that looks like A gun. Would this help?


 
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