Tips and Tricks: The Many Uses of a Wireless Light Control

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The Wireless Light Control is a convenient and useful addition to any home security system. This piece of home automation equipment is connected to the alarm system via Z-Wave and turns one of the most common and basic of tasks – turning lights on/off – into an even easier one.

You may never have thought about flicking the switch on the lights as arduous or difficult and let’s be honest – it’s not hard at all. It can be annoying.

How many times have you found yourself in that perfect position on the couch or the bed, only realizing you need to turn off one of the lights? How many times have you fumbled around in the dark trying the find the light switch? And how many times have you come home after work only to realize you left the lights on all day?

The Wireless Light Control helps eliminate these small nuisances from your life. And in addition to added convenience, the Light Control also helps you reduce your energy bill.

The device can also be used in many surprisingly unique ways. Most of these ideas – which we’ll share later on in this post – came from our creative customers.

Primary Functions of Wireless Light Control

Before we dive into the creative applications, let’s look at the primary functions of the Wireless Light Control.

  1. Remote Control – Allows you to turn lights on or off over the web, either through the online portal on your computer or the mobile app.
  2. Scheduled Automation – Lights attached to the Light Control can be scheduled to turn on/off at specific times, and on specific days.
  3. Event-Triggered Automation – Specific alarm sensors can be paired with the Light Control to automatically turn on the lights when triggered.

These functions give users more control and convenience, as well as an additional layer of home security. Commuters who don’t arrive home until the sun goes down can use the Wireless Light Control to remotely turn on the lights and deter burglars, since it looks like someone is already home.

Parents who work can use the Light Control to schedule the lights to always come on right before their children arrive home from school. There’s no need to worry about your child coming home to a dark, empty house.

And tying Light Controls to alarm sensors might be the best way to scare off a burglar. They like to use the darkness to their advantage, so imagine their surprise when they trip a sensor and all your lights turn on to expose them! This combined with the loud alarm, Crash-and-Smash Protection and 24/7 cellular monitoring, there is simply no better way to protect your home and scare burglars away.

Of course, these are just a few examples of how a Wireless Light Control can be used. Customers have discovered many other uses for this device.

More than Light Control

Many of our customers have shared their unique uses for the Wireless Light Control on Facebook. Here are a few of our favorites.

Come Home, Lights On – One customer took advantage of the event-triggered automation feature by pairing their device with a Garage Door Sensor. Every time she came home from work and opened the garage, the lights would come on.

The Only Way to Start a Morning – The Wireless Light Control can be attached to a coffeemaker, which is exactly what another customer did. He’d wake up, grab his phone and remotely turn on the coffee machine. No better way to start a morning than to walk downstairs to the smell of coffee.

Ending Your Day – While one person uses their device to help get their day started, another uses it to help end it. This customer attached Light Controls to their TV and fans and scheduled them all to turn off at the same time. He comfortably drifted off to sleep, but saved energy throughout the night.

This is just the tip of the iceberg! As you can tell, the Wireless Light Control can be used with almost any appliance, electronic or device – basically anything with a plug.

There are exceptions of course, and we do not recommend using the device with any medical or life support equipment. It’s also wise to avoid outlets controlled by a switch, so you don’t inadvertently turn the Light Control off.

A Welcomed Addition to Home Alarm Systems

Home automation and home security go hand-in-hand, and it’s evident with the Wireless Light Control. The simple device brings convenience to users by automating whatever is plugged in. Plus, it adds another layer of security to an already reliable home alarm system, allowing you to go about your day with complete peace of mind.

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  1. Charlie W

    The idea of having control of lights is a great one. Currently, the rules and schedules do not allow you to have lights turn on and off at certain times whenever you arm the system. I’ve suggested this improvement and we’ll see what happens. You wouldn’t have to worry about your house – set the alarm and the lights will turn on/off at certain times to make it look like you’re home. I’m crossing my fingers the engineers at Alarm.com can tweak the rules/schedules to get this feature to FrontPoint customers.

  2. Mark

    So can I just buy a Z-Wave light control device (or any other Z-Wave device) and simply plug it in and have control of it over the FrontPoint Security Alarm system? Or do I have to buy the device from you?

    I see several devices that are available from valve controllers to thermostats to light controllers. They are all Z-Wave devices will they just plug in and work?

    • Gilbert Cho

      Mark, great question! You do not have to buy a Z-Wave device directly from us, but not all Z-Wave devices are compatible with the FrontPoint system . You can find a full list of compatible devices here: http://www.alarm.com/overview/empower_devices.aspx.

      Z-Wave compatibility can be a little tricky, so I’ll have a Customer Support Specialist contact you to provide further assistance. Please let us know if you have any further questions!

      • Tanya

        The information on compatible devices is great. But what about compatible video devices? I saw ones listed on your site but it was pictures only. It didn’t give any information at to what the devices were.

        • Jamie Botzer

          Hi Tanya, great question. We support three cameras: a wireless indoor camera, wireless pan and tilt camera and an outdoor wireless camera. I’ve linked to all of them here so you can quickly review and determine which best meets your needs. I’m also going to have a Customer Support Specialist contact you to answer any additional questions. If you are ready to add a camera to your system, they can help with that too. Whatever you need. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Mark

    So can I just buy a Z-Wave light control device (or any other Z-Wave device) and simply plug it in and have control of it over the FrontPoint Security Alarm system? Or do I have to buy the device from you?

    I see several devices that are available from valve controllers to thermostats to light controllers. They are all Z-Wave devices will they just plug in and work?

  4. Lw

    I had Hue lighting and found it was not ready for wireless control. Too many glitches. What is the difference with z wave?

    • Jamie Botzer

      Lw, that’s a great question. The biggest differentiating factor is that Philips Hue communicates on Zigbee, which is a different home automation wireless protocol. I’m not a subject-matter expert on all of the differences between the technologies, but I did find this pretty comprehensive summary comparing the two: http://electronicdesign.com/communications/what-s-difference-between-zigbee-and-z-wave.

      If you would like to discuss this further or have additional questions about how Z-Wave works with your FrontPoint system, please do not hesitate to give our Customer Support team a call, or reply here and I’ll have someone connect with you.

  5. Mary

    I’ve considered plugging my landline phone (which is actually a cell phone but looks like a landline) into it and then using the FrontPoint clicker to turn it off- when the phone rings and I don’t feel like answering.

    Also- I played a trick on my family then other night: we made a toast to our deceased Mother and said give us a sign- I had the FrontPoint clicker in my hand and turned the lights on!

    • Frank R

      That’s a reason to get the device even if you use if just a one time, Great!

  6. Mary

    I’ve considered plugging my landline phone (which is actually a cell phone but looks like a landline) into it and then using the FrontPoint clicker to turn it off- when the phone rings and I don’t feel like answering.

    Also- I played a trick on my family then other night: we made a toast to our deceased Mother and said give us a sign- I had the FrontPoint clicker in my hand and turned the lights on!

    • Frank R

      That’s a reason to get the device even if you use if just a one time, Great!

  7. Larry

    Most of my lights are hardwired into electrical wall switches and are not plugged into outlets. It doesn’t look like your setup will work for me.

    • Jamie Botzer

      Hi Larry, you’re right, the wireless light control does not work with hardwired lights, but it’s great for appliances or any free standing lighting you may have!

    • Josh

      There are Z-Wave wall switches available – I have one integrated into my frontpoint system and it works well. It does require a neutral wire in the wall box and willingness to work with your 120V electrical system (or hire an electrician to do it).

  8. Larry

    Most of my lights are hardwired into electrical wall switches and are not plugged into outlets. It doesn’t look like your setup will work for me.

  9. Mike Hodas

    Seems like it would be a good added security feature when I am away from home for an extended period. It would be nice to have the normal lighting that I use when home go on and off at the normal times this would happen.

    What about turning a radio on for added security. Can this be done?

    • Gilbert Cho

      Hi Mike! It sounds like you’re referring to scheduled automation. Our Wireless Light Controls can be set up to turn on and off at scheduled times throughout the day. You can also use the light controls to turn on a radio/stereo as long as there is a constant ON switch on the device, so it doesn’t reset when losing power.

      I’ll have one of our Support Specialists contact you to explain more about our Wireless Light Controls, as well as answer any further questions you may have. Thank you!