Leviton Vizia RF+ Z-Wave Plug-in Lamp Dimmer w/ Scenes VRPD3-1LW

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Leviton Vizia RF+ Z-Wave Plug-in Lamp Dimmer w/ Scenes VRPD3-1LW

Leviton Vizia RF+ Z-Wave Plug-in Lamp Dimmer w/ Scenes VRPD3-1LW

 

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The Vizia RF + Series 300 Watt Scene Capable Plug-In Lamp Dimming Module with Z-Wave Technology allows for control of plug-in CFL/LED/Incandescent lighting. Turn any standard receptacle into the essence of “smart” lighting with the scene capable plug in lamp dimming module.

 

What is Home Automation – Z-Wave Lighting Control (Blog Post 8)

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Lighting control, as we discussed last post is probably the simplest and most common manner of entry into the home automation market for most residential users. Plug-in lighting and appliance control is easily the quickest way for newcomers to get into controlling their lights, for Z-Wave as well as for almost ANY protocol or type of automation.

However, plug-in lights or lamps and plug-in appliances like TV’s, ceiling fans or air conditioners are obviously only a small percentage of the devices that are begging to be controlled by your home automation system. What about all the hardwired lights in every room of your home? Some are in your living room ceiling or on the wall as sconces, some are in your kitchen and might be fluorescent lights or maybe recessed lights, even under cabinet task or ambiance lighting. Don’t forget your bedroom or dining room which may have dimmers or ceiling fans too! There are many, many scenarios for the control of hardwired installed lighting in the home, and Z-wave is the perfect application to control these systems, very easily and affordably as well.

You do need to have some electrical wiring experience if you want to add this type of control to your home, but it is definitely a good place for a DIY er to begin if you have that kind of experience, and Z-Wave devices are certainly a good candidate for the DIY’er because of the inherent wireless properties of the protocol. This doesn’t mean you can’t hire an electrician to do the install, alot of people do hire a professional electrician to install the switches but quite often the homeowners make the purchase of the varying devices according to their uses and applications by themselves. An example of this is if they want to bring in their electrician to replace all the standard switches and in their living rooms that currently control the low voltage or LED recessed can lighting with z-wave controllable ones, they will go ahead and buy switches that are capable of controlling that type of lighting load ahead of time, ready for him to install when he makes his next service call.

Lighting and the types of loads is going to be my next topic of discussion as lighting loads are very often where the most problems occur when it comes to DIY installations. Please check back soon as I continue my series on Home Automation, and specifically on the applications of Z-wave to lights and appliances.

Kelly R. Foster – HA World

What is Home Automation – Z-Wave Lighting Control (Blog Post 7)

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Z‑wave is a wireless protocol of Home Automation that sends RF signals from one device to the next over a frequency of 908 MHz here in the US, and it is the same in Canada and Mexico. Z‑Wave devices are very easily adapted for use in many applications because all Z-Wave products use the same language, thus it is easy for them to communicate with each other as well as they are easy to install, do not require any rewiring, affordable, very reliable with over ten years in the marketplace, and also secure at the same time.  In fact Z-Wave products use the same encryption methods as online banking!  Plus, there are lots of choices for the consumer to choose from as far as styles & colors, not to mention the already 20 million products in homes worldwide manufactured by some of the biggest brand names in the world.

Once you setup your own personal Z-Wave network by pairing or including your first device(s), every system is then automatically given a local or “home” network id by the controlling device, also known as a controller. This addition of devices as you expand your network is actually creating what we call a “mesh” network.  Each and every device added into the network or “mesh” makes your network more robust, increases its range AND its security – as opposed to X-10 for example, where your neighbors can accidentally turn on or off the devices in your home if they are within range on the same leg of the powerline source as you, and on the same house code.

Lighting control is the simplest form of use for z-wave, and especially when using plug-in lamps and/or appliances as they do not require any hardwiring in order for the end user to control them. All you need is a receiving device (we call them modules) to receive the signal, and a transmitter to send the controlling signal to that module. Just plug in your lamp to a Z-Wave Lamp Module, plug the lamp module into a wall outlet and then use a controller or transmitter to control the functions of your new Z-Wave controlled lamp!  The same procedure can also be used with a Z-Wave Appliance Module to control small plug-in appliances such as ceiling fans, air conditioners, radios (remember those good old-fashioned radios that we used to dial in an AM or FM channel in lieu of a fancy name like Pandora and an Internet connection?) and even TV’s.

Now of course if you prefer a more permanent system and want to control your existing ceiling and/or wall lights, you can do that as well by simply replacing your existing light switches with Z-Wave ones. Next time I am going to expand on hardwired lighting control, and on how you can use Z-Wave to control the in-wall lights in your home and some of the important issues in that regard.

Kelly R. Foster – HA World