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1idking
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Posted - 01/08/2018 :  12:40:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Am looking for a solution to a room lighting problem. Master bedroom has a on/off switch as you walk into the room. It controls the outlet on the wall nearest to it. None of the other outlets in the room are controlled by this switch. There are lights all around the room, but can only be turned through the use of long extension cords running around the perimeter of the room to the outlet controlled by the switch. Would like some sort of a transmitter/controller plugged into the outlet controlled by the switch. Then, when it powers up, remote devices plugged into the other outlets would also come on, thus eliminating the extension cords. Havenít found anything to do this other than mounting a remote on/off switch next to the existing on/off switch. It, however does not mount into a box and would look odd next to the on/off switch, since it sticks out.

BLH
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Posted - 01/08/2018 :  1:00:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You could change the switch to an Insteon On/Off relay type. The dimmer type is not ment to control an outlet. Where an incorrect load could be plugged into the controlled outlet.
Then use Lamp or On/Off plug in Insteon modules in the other outlets.
Manually linking the modules to be controlled by the replacement switch.
One point. The Insteon switches need a neutral power connection in the switch box. You may or may not have.
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stusviews
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Posted - 01/08/2018 :  1:49:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit stusviews's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If you have a neutral wire in the switch box, then you can install a 6-button or an 8-button Insteon keypad in place of the original switch which will allow you to control up to 5 or 8 other devices, respectfully.

The other devices can be plug-in or wire-in dimmers and/or relays (on/off).

There's also a workaround in the event that you don't have a neutral wire in the switch box.

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1idking
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Posted - 01/08/2018 :  3:32:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BLH

You could change the switch to an Insteon On/Off relay type. The dimmer type is not ment to control an outlet. Where an incorrect load could be plugged into the controlled outlet.
Then use Lamp or On/Off plug in Insteon modules in the other outlets.
Manually linking the modules to be controlled by the replacement switch.
One point. The Insteon switches need a neutral power connection in the switch box. You may or may not have.



Can you elaborate on this? Not familiar with the relay type controller and how to manually link the modules. Thank you.
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stusviews
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Posted - 01/08/2018 :  7:21:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit stusviews's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 1idking

quote:
Originally posted by BLH

You could change the switch to an Insteon On/Off relay type. The dimmer type is not ment to control an outlet. Where an incorrect load could be plugged into the controlled outlet.
Then use Lamp or On/Off plug in Insteon modules in the other outlets.
Manually linking the modules to be controlled by the replacement switch.
One point. The Insteon switches need a neutral power connection in the switch box. You may or may not have.



Can you elaborate on this? Not familiar with the relay type controller and how to manually link the modules. Thank you.


A relay is an On/Off switch as opposed to a dimmer. If you just want to replace the existing switch and nothing else, the that's all the code allows. dimming is possible using a different configuration, as I indicated in my previous post.

Manual linking is a bit different depending on the Insteon device you select, but, in any case, amounts to holding a button for a particular length of time (a few seconds) in a specified order. Each device includes the needed instructions

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