The BL-6133-LA Wireless Add on Switch provides the ability to add light switch control to any wired light without new wiring. Simply replace the existing wall switch that controls the light and mount the wireless wall switch in a new location. The wireless wall switch operates the wired wall switch within 100 ft. to turn lights ON and OFF. The wireless wall switch requires a 9 Volt battery, not included. Each wired wall switch controls 500 Watts incandescent lighting and fits inside standard wiring boxes.
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80%of customersrecommend this product81 of 101reviews
Rating Breakdown106 reviews
80%of customersrecommend this product81 of 101reviews
After previous owner of house enclosed porch, the outside light switch was 10ft from the door with no practical way to rewire. The only problem I ran into was that I did not realize that it would not work with florescent bulbs. I noticed one bulb flickering in the off position and discovered 87vac passing through switch. I fixed the problem by changing just one of the four bulbs with a 60watt incandescent to add the load needed and the pass-through 87v dropped to zero
Pros: Easy to Use, Easy Replacement, Easy Installation
Overall an easy install and decent product but when it says for incandecent lights it means ONLY incandecent lights. This switch goes bad when using all LED's. It will work fine for a while but then something in the switch burns out. First you may notice that the lights don't fully go out when switched off and then they simply won't turn on. At that point if you manually turn them on, whatever has gone bad in the switch prevents the lights from turning off. I am ordering a new switch and will only use incandecent lights on that circut. And yes, I did check the battery on the transmitter. This has all been confirmed by an electrician.
The switch was easy to install and the range seems fine. I don't understand the complaints abut the lack of battery or switch cover. Have these people never bought any toys? The description clearly states battery required, not included. I can however attest to the fact that this switch hates ANY fluorescent lights, and that includes CFL's. The switch will buzz mercilessly and will not turn the lights completely off if you try to use it with CFL bulbs in the light fixtures. I am being forced to change to LED bulbs, because there is no way I am reverting to incandescent bulbs. I hope the LED's will not be a problem. If so, I will update this review.
The product works reasonably well. Sometime I have to flip the switch more than once to get it to work. But, it eventually works. My hang up is that it needs to come in more than two channels. I installed three switched with the impression from other reviews that these were range limited. Not at my house. I installed three of these, with two of the same channel on opposite ends of the house. Much of the time one activates the other. Not a huge deal, as these are only light switches
The wall switch is bulky and really sticks out on the wall. The actual switch feels loose and floppy. You don't even have to click either switch all the way. The switches turn the light on or off with about an 1/4" of movement. Made in China quality. I'm using it as a three way light switch for a living room ceiling light. It is only about 12' from the sender switch. So my criticism is that the quality doesn't match the price.
This was to be a switch for the garage light by the entrance to the garage. The main switch is on the front of the garage at the door into the house, too far from the exterior door to be useful. The distance is only 22'. The wireless switch works well at 15' within sight of the main switch, and works about 1/2 the time at 20', but as soon as I screw it to the wall at 22' it only works about 10% of the time. It has a new battery and I extended the antenna. I'm returning it. DO NOT BUY.
Cons: short range, dumb design, pitiful, does not work as advertised
This wireless switch claims to have an operating distance of 100 feet. It was installed in a hallway to operate the hall light from both ends of the hall. The hallway is apx 20 feet long. The switch did not work unless the wire on the base unit is unwound and extended into the wall opening. The operation was still not 100% but acceptable.
Wanted to use this to move the light switch from one side of the closet to the otherside where we put in a new door. So 8 ft, within site of each other. The hard wired side only sporatically works. The wireless side works to turn on the light, but never off. Put the old switch back in and will be returning this product and searching for a different solution.
worked like a charm; the only problem I had was that the face plate for the switch replaced by this signal-receiving switch did not fit the replacement, but the proper face plate can be had at a hardware store for 49 cents. There is no obvious way to change the wireless channel used. The website information about such switches is quite inadequate. E.g., it would have been helpful to have the installation instructions online.
I have the product hooked up about 3 ft away from the wired outlet and the wireless switch works about 1/4 of the time on the first try. I usually have to work the wireless switch several times to get it to work. Nice idea, poorly executed.
This product is GREAT and works very well. HOWEVER...it really does need to be stocked in at least 4 different radio frequency settings to work well. If you use them for more than one purpose, (For instance: 1 as a remote light for your pool and another for a remote light for your carport/garage) you need 2 different codes. If anyone else in the neighborhood is using a remote for an overhead fan and it is one of your 2 codes, then either you are turning on their fan or they are turning on your pool light. Not so good. Can we please get a choice of A, B, C, D codes instead of just D? Thanks!
The product has worked well for 1 year, used in garage. Switch did not have to be fully moved to actuate the on/off function. Within the last few days, however, it has started turning the lights "half-on" (more like quarter-on) all by itself. That is, you turn the light off, then wait a minute or so, and the lights are back on in a very dim state. Removing the battery did not solve the problem. Apparently the main switch is allowing a little current to the light fixture. Not sure how to fix this. Frustrating.
This is a great idea but poorly made. I bought two, one worked fine the other burned out in 2 days. I really like having a switch on both entrances to my rooms but the quick burn out was disappointing. Be sure and buy it from Home Depot because if you order it online from Smarthome, you have to return it in it's original packaging and if that's gone, you are out of luck. At least at home depot you can bring it back.
I have used this product for several years. The on off switch doesn't work like a regular switch. It turns off/ on with just a light touch, you have to get used to that. But, it is nice to be able turn the light on/ off in the room instead of going way down the hall.
The one complaint I do have- they didn't list the frequency on the order. These switches come in different frequencies- A, B, C and so on. If they had sent an A or B to me it would have interfered with other switches. The frequency should be a choice when you order.
I have 4 now and only had 1 that stopped working after 10 years- EXCEPT for when I tried to use 1 with the compact fluorescent bulbs. If yours works now with CFB-it will stop in about 6 months. I saw reviews that stated that the directions omit this fact-but on the last one I bought (Dec 2009) to replace the one I had CFB in-it clearly states incandescent bulbs only. This is a great product for homes the builder didn't put the switch in the right place or if you need an added security feature to turn on outside floods from your bedroom "in the middle of the night".
I have found these useful for: large rooms where there is only 1 switch for the lights; the garage light-that the builder put 1 only switch inside the house (that I had to unlock the door, turn the alarm off, turn the light off -then turn the alarm back on again)-because there wasn't a switch in the garage; the lower level outside light-that I am always forgetting to turn off before I come up; and the best one to turn on the outside flood on from the bedroom.
If you need more than one be sure to get different frequency fixtures-they come in A,B,C,D and E.