Remote Control Your Lights
Remote control lights can be simple. Representing the lowest barrier to entry, plug-in devices connect your lamp and the wall outlet, functioning as a remote control for the attached light. New technology even allows you to connect to your smartphone, Google Home, and Alexa. You leave to work, you leave the switch on your lamp permanently in the On position - the plug-in module will deal with turning the lamp on and off. In just a few moments, control a few lamps in your living room, bedroom or any location where your light fixtures plug into a power outlet. You can control it from anywhere in the world.
Remote control lights do not mean you are pressing a remote control to turn your lights off and on, although you can. It's far more than that. Remote control lights is like having the ability to control and access your home from anywhere in the world using a smartphone, laptop, Apple Watch, Siri, and other voice assistants. Remote control lights can be simple. Even if you are home and not at a "remote location" you can access your smart home products with a simple integration process.
Insteon Remote Control Plug-In
If your lamps use dimmable bulbs, a plug-in dimmer module lets you not only control if the light is on or off, but the brightness, too. Do check your bulbs, though, as many CFL and LED bulbs are not compatible with dimmers.
Insteon Remote Control Plug-in
Most bulbs purchased today are not inherently compatible with dimmers. Chances are, if you use CFL or LED bulbs, an On/Off Module would be a better choice. You won’t get nifty dimming features but you also won’t have to replace all of your bulbs.
Add Some Control
Plug-in devices on their own don’t go very far; you still need a way to actually control your newly-controllable lamps. Depending on your needs, you can use something as simple as a wireless remote or something as advanced as your computer.
Control With Alexa or Google Home
Voice activation in smart home products is an emerging trend. In the Alexa and Google Home app, there is a Smart Home section for users to set up their devices. Amazon and many other companies are making it easier to integrate smart products. While you can use the Insteon Remote Control, you can also use a voice assistant. "Alexa, "Let there be light" then the lights turn on. If you plan on using Insteon devices set a scene inside of the Insteon App and it will automatically sync into the Alexa app. Show it off to your friend or use it during your favorite Saturday Morning Television. Use remote light control with your favorite home assistant.
Painless Remote Control
It might seem decidedly old school, but Mini Remote is a great way to control plug-in devices. With a few taps to link your plug-in modules and Mini Remote, you can brighten and dim (or turn on and off) your plug-in lamps from anywhere in your home.
Automatic Lighting Control
Adding a Motion Sensor introduces some automation into your budding smart home. A few taps to link your devices together an Motion Sensor will automatically turn on your plug-in lamps when you enter a room and off when you leave.
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Now you’re starting to explore the high-end: control of your home from your smartphone. The Insteon Hub acts as a bridge between your smartphone or tablet and your plug-in devices, letting you control and configure them from almost any mobile device.
Taking it up a notch, wire-in devices give you control of hardwired lighting throughout your home. Most wire-in devices take the form of light switches but others are available including multi-button keypads and wall outlets. Just like with plug-in modules, multiple types are available based on the type of lighting you intend to control - primarily dimmable and non-dimmable. While a plug-in module can be installed in seconds without any experience, wire-in devices require a bit more effort. Most home owners can install a replacement connected light switch in less than 20 minutes but your mileage may vary depending on your home’s wiring, your familiarity with household electrical and the sophistication of your automation desires.
Insteon Remote Control
Gives you remote control over your home’s recessed lights, chandeliers and sconces. Because they replace a wall switch, you can still control the fixture just as you always have.
Insteon Remote Control Dual
Wire-in Plug-in Module
Like plug-in modules, connected wall outlets excel at controlling devices that need to be plugged in with the added benefit of being practically indistinguishablefrom a regular outlet.
Insteon Remote Control Dimmer
Keypads replace your existing wall switches and add extra buttons to control additional devices throughout your home. There’s still a button dedicated to the hardwired light, but the additional buttons can be configured to control anything in your home.
When you’re ready to jump off into the deep end of wire-in control, there are all manner of devices that give you control of less-than-standard lighting. These devices are usually for the automation enthusiast who is already controlling their home with a smartphone or computer but that doesn’t preclude their use in more humble setups. Like wall switches and outlets, these devices require familiarity with household wiring and may take more effort to install than simply replacing a light switch. If you’re imagination is open to the possibilities, these devices offer a completely different level of custom home automation. But let's say you're not the handy person in your family or you don't know anyone. You can use our resources, or Youtube, but we also offer professional installation services that might be a little bit cheaper than hiring someone.
Insteon Remote Control Micro
Dimmer Switch Adapter
Automate Existing Switches
Micro modules install inside of a light fixture - either behind the switch or inside of the junction box where your fixture is mounted. With a micro module, you can add automation smarts to your existing light switches, whether they are regular toggle switches or vintage antiques.
Lighting and Ceiling Fan Control
If your room’s lights are part of a ceiling fan, consider adding remote control to both the fan and its light simultaneously with a Ceiling Fan Controller. You’ll be able to adjust the fan speed and light independently from a remote of your choosing.
Remote Control Light Switch
Contrary to what you might think, remote control light switches are not new.
The older style remote access switches used infrared or radio frequency technology and they’ve been knocking around for years.
As tech has advanced with wireless connectivity, it’s more common now to see lights controlled in-app on your smartphone.
Before we look at these different technologies that allow you to remote control lighting, why would you need remote control in the first place?
Common Use Cases For a Remote Control Light Switch
- With Delicate Walls
- In Wooden Homes
- When Remodeling
- With Complex Wiring
With Problematic Walls
Have you got solid concrete or brick walls in your home?
How about plaster or tiling?
With wired switches, you might need to start routing and drilling to make a channel in those walls. You'll need to think about accommodating the wire, the switch, and the switch box. In the event of this damaging the walls, you could end up with a much more expensive installation than you bargained on.
With wireless switches, you can sidestep this remedial work completely while also bringing down the cost of subsequent electrical work.
In Wooden Homes
If you have a log home or holiday homemade from wood, any electrical work usually involves a great deal of drilling you might want to avoid. This is especially true if you fit lighting retroactively.
With non-wireless circuits, all logs need drilling through for each wire to be fed to the switch. The switch box also calls for a much larger hole to be drilled.
No wires, no switch box, and no drilling or routing make remote control light switches a smart move in this type of log dwelling.
Since you won't need to run a wire from the light to the switch, wireless light switches can often mean the difference between tearing a wall down and leaving it intact.
For quicker and cheaper rewiring, a remote control light switch is a savior.
With Complex Wiring
Do you have switches in the hallway or on the stairs where more than one switch is used to control the lights?
If so, you'll typically need 3-way or 4-way switches if you're rewiring or installing a new switch.
With wireless transmitters, multiple units can control a single receiver so you can easily use switches in different locations when you want to turn the load on or off.
Different Types of Remote Control Light Switch
- Radio Frequency (RF) Light Switches
- Infrared (IR) Light Switches
- Bluetooth and WiFi-Enabled Remote Control Light Switches
Radio Frequency (RF) Light Switches
With this type of switch, communication takes place between switch and transmitter with a radio signal.
The transmitter is usually a battery-powered remote.
The drawback of this older approach is the need to wire in a receiver to the light switch junction box.
On the plus side, the range is impressive at well over 100 feet.
You won’t need to swap out your bulbs either with RF light switches.
If you want to control your lights remotely, you can use either the remote or a wall switch with some brands, but you will need compatible bulbs.
For a new switch exactly where you want it with no requirement to rewire, RF switches are still worth considering.
Infrared (IR) Light Switches
The principle of IR light switches is the same as that used for your TV remote.
Many smart switches come with infrared receivers on board and a small remote bundled. Swap out the switch itself for fuss-free installation with no rewiring.
IR technology does not cope well, though, with physical obstacles. You’ll need a clear and unimpeded line of sight to the switch for it to work effectively.
If you want to use this type of remote control for a switch you’re putting in a new location, you will need some degree of rewiring. To this end, if you already have a switch exactly where you need it, swapping it out for an IR alternative makes good sense.
Bluetooth and WiFi-Enabled Remote Control Light Switches
Thanks to Bluetooth, you can now control your lights in-app on your cell phone if they have an integrated Bluetooth module.
This approach is much more in line with the ethos of a modern smart home, and you can avoid adding yet another remote to your pile while harnessing your existing smartphone instead.
Installation is straightforward, with no rewiring required. Popping in a Bluetooth bulb is even easier and plug and play.
WiFi switches operate in the same fashion, but in place of a Bluetooth module, they connect to your home WiFi network.
Most WiFi smart lighting calls for a home hub, but in return for this modest investment, you'll get much more robust control over the lighting in your connected home.