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    Hi,

    Has anyone got or found wifi light switches that work?

    I'm keen to try and get these in my home just cos I think it will be fun to do some ifttt type of thing.

    Also I have seen plugs that are wifi, or rather the adapter is wifi. But nothing in the Za plug format. Anyone seen or got something working?

    I did see qlikswitch, but it didn't tickle my fancy.

    Thanks

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    Why not use a raspberry Pi with a web interface as a project? Should be a nice and easy project if you have some programming experience. All you'd need is a Pi3, some MOSTFETs and 5V switches.
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    Philips Hue not alot easier?

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    they are wifi light bulbs, not switches, yes?

    called Li-fi

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    You can buy switches for them.

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    http://www.dhgate.com/product/sonoff...mfavit-15-null

    These are on my to buy list , i have not tried them .
    Price is good for a single unit so if they are rubbish not to much lost .
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    I bought a few various sonoff switches etc just to see. Setup of light fitting was a bit of a mission but once I figured it out its was easy to replicate.

    Works well I would say.

    I got them at communica so a bit more pricey. Will get more of them direct so will be much cheaper.

    The only negative I see is that its quite bulky. And no dim function as far as i can see.

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    Are these not a risk if they are not sabs approved? Would insurance still pay out in the event of an electrical fire?

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    They won't catch fire, more likely just stop working. I installed some in a customer's house 2 years back and he said, of the 6, one works properly, 2 won't switch off any more and the other 3 stopped working

    They were not SABS approved but were constructed quite well, decent plastic parts and the circuit board well made. They are said to be auto-detecting the mains from 100 volts to 240 volts and I suspect this is the problem
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    Rather get a quality Philips Hue smart lighting setup. Not cheap but can be voice activated and has lots of customising options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agentrfr View Post
    Why not use a raspberry Pi with a web interface as a project? Should be a nice and easy project if you have some programming experience. All you'd need is a Pi3, some MOSTFETs and 5V switches.
    I've done this!

    Got an RPI setup with an 8ch relay board,routed all the lights(even the geyser with it hooked up with contactor which is then hooked up to the relay board).Made a simple web interface using php and python.
    Glued an old tablet to the wall with it showing the web interface 24/7 for easy access and the family can go on there phones if they want to turn lights on or off

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    Still haven't found a smart timer switch I can link to HomeKit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exploit View Post
    I've done this!

    Got an RPI setup with an 8ch relay board,routed all the lights(even the geyser with it hooked up with contactor which is then hooked up to the relay board).Made a simple web interface using php and python.
    Glued an old tablet to the wall with it showing the web interface 24/7 for easy access and the family can go on there phones if they want to turn lights on or off
    Sooo, how'd you feel about doing a tutorial thread? Or an instructable even?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntiThesis View Post
    Sooo, how'd you feel about doing a tutorial thread? Or an instructable even?
    +1

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    My home's wifi controlled lighting setup from what it looks like from my phone. You can dim or change the colour of the lights as well. Using a Phillips Hue bridge:

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