Review: Wemo Light Switch

Smart wall switches are just another product in the process of turning your home into a well-oiled machine. Not only can you operate security systems and cameras from your smartphone, you can also operate individual or groups of lights from provided applications. A smart wall switch does just that and from any location. However, you do not have to be in your home for the app to do its thing. They even let you set a schedule for one or more lights to come on or turn off at specific times during the day or night. Some of these switches operate individually, in a group, WiFi enabled, and even pair with Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant devices for voice control. Wemo Light Switch offers those abilities and even more for having the most efficient and reliable control of your homes’ light switches. We have reviewed and compared other similar products to the Wemo Light Switch to aid in the search for the right smart light switch for your home.

What Is the Wemo Light Switch?

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The Wemo Light Switch allows you to control the lighting and potentially other devices in your home via your existing WiFi network. Wemo Light Switch is compatible with other Wemo wireless devices; you can group them and use voice commands through your various smart home devices. You can set schedules, timers, and even randomize where and when certain lights come on or turn off in your home. Complete control comes from the app inside your house or even from thousands of miles away.

Product Specs

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Wemo Light Switches and other devices are operated by the Wemo application you download onto your smartphone when you purchase a Wemo product. The light switch is compatible with Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home/Assistant, Nest, and other applications. Wemo Light Switch uses your existing WiFi network to provide control over the lights in your home. However, you can still interact with your light switches as you would normally. This smart switch works with a one-way connection and requires a neutral wire. The electrical ration is 120V/15A/60Hz/1800W, and it is not compatible with a 3-way connection.


Pricing

Despite speculation, these and similar smart light switches are fairly affordable and do maintain a considerably moderate quality that is worth the price. The products reviewed here range in price.

How It Compares


We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Leviton DW15S-1BZ Decora Smart Wi-Fi 15A Universal LED/Incandescent Switch
  • Smart Dimmer Switch
  • Switchmate TSM001WCAN One-Second Installation Smart Lighting, Toggle

Wemo Light Switch

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Wemo Light Switch, WiFi enabled, Works with Alexa and the Google...
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
  • WeMo light switch seamlessly replaces your old wall light switch. Control you lights from WeMo light switch on the wall,...
  • Set SCHEDULES and timers. Set porch light to turn on at sunset. Schedule ceiling fans to turn before you arrive home....

Ease of Use

The Wemo Light Switch can be added on your existing Wemo devices, or if it’s your first device, set up is fairly simple. There is no subscription or fee for using Wemo, just replace your existing light switch with the smart switch making sure you attach the switch to a neutral wire. Once installed, you can use the application to connect the switch to your home WiFi network.

Assembly Time

Connecting this and other Wemo devices will require some basic networking and security set-up knowledge. This product is installed in place of your existing light switches and is connected to your existing WiFi network. Provided is a user manual, and we recommend always checking any kind of instructional paperwork. If you don’t know how to set up your network and add/remove devices from your WiFi network, set-up will be a little harder for you.

Design Quality

This particular smart light switch replaces your current switch with one capable of WiFi connectivity and wireless interaction. It must be manually installed, it does not snap on over the existing switch. This may seem like a pain, but the installation is what counts.

Warranty

The manufacturer of this product provides a solid 1-year warranty to the purchaser for products bought in the U.S. Installing this product incorrectly will cancel out this warranty. But like other products, Amazon offers a 4 or 3-year Protection Plan for this product. This plan is handled by the seller and Amazon itself.

Leviton DW15S-1BZ Decora Smart Wi-Fi 15A Universal LED/Incandescent Switch

Leviton DW15S-1BZ Decora Smart Wi-Fi 15A Universal LED/Incandescent...
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately). Works with Nest automate lighting based on sensors...
  • Control your home from anywhere no hub required simply replace your existing light switch. Wifi devices supported...
  • Schedule your lights to turn on when you want them including sunrise/sunset, easily create fun lighting scenes, or use...

This smart switch has a little more to offer in addition to what the Wemo Light Switch does. Leviton made this light switch unique by offering endless possibilities with their application. You can control multiple residences, rooms, schedules, and even create dynamic lighting scenes. However, this switch is sold separately from its faceplate, and if you would like to make any light capable of dimming, you must include an LED, CFL, or incandescent bulb that is capable of dimming.

Ease of Use

Post installation, the switch can be connected to your home WiFi network. Navigation of the application for this product is fairly understandable if you have used anything like it before. But there are a few different video tutorials that will give you some great pointers for life with your smart switch. These switches also connect to any other kind of Leviton product and even smart home devices like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, and Nest. This gives you control of your lighting and security all in one place, no matter where you are.

Assembly Time

This unit requires standard installation to replace all desired light switches with your purchased Leviton’s universal smart switches. The product provides various visual representations and instructions for installing the devices yourself. But, if you prefer not to take your chances, you can request expert installation at an additional fee.

Design Quality

Overall, the most dynamic part of this product is its smartphone app. Not only can you control multiple aspects of your homes’ environment by linking it with your other home utility devices, but you can have up to 20 different residences, about 100 devices, and it does not require a central hub. Set timers, a schedule for lights to come on when you arrive at home or shut off at a certain time. The simplicity of this product shows through all of its many functions.

Warranty

This product has a 5-year warranty to the original purchaser from the manufacturer, however, it is non-transferrable. Incorrect installation will void this warranty and any reinstallation, removal, or replacement of any units. In short, the refund or replacement of a product through this warranty is reliant upon the seller and Amazon itself.

Smart Dimmer Switch

Smart Dimmer Switch for Dimmable LED Lights, WiFi Light Switch...
  • NEUTRAL WIRE REQUIRED! As a wifi smart home product, the installation and wifi connection will be more complicated than...
  • INSTALLATION AND WIFI CONNECTION CONDITIONS: ONLY Can be used in SINGLE-POLE, Can be connected to 2.4G WiFi(802.11b/g/n)...
  • VOICE COMMANDS AND REMOTE CONTROL: This smart dimmer switch Paired with the Smart Life app and works with Alexa or...

If a dimmer style light switch is more your speed, the Smart Dimmer Switch by TESSAN is a slightly different look compared to the Wemo Light Switch. But, it offers the ability to dim the lighting assigned to the switch which Wemo does not offer. In place of the toggle switch are three buttons on the face of the unit.

Ease of Use

Despite the more simple look of the buttons on this switch, installing this bad boy is more complicated than our other products in this review. But, using this dimmer switch is more reliable by the separate buttons for general function. The indicator lights up to clearly display the level of dimming connected light(s). Their application is equally simple and easy to interpret while connecting devices and managing the lighting in your home.

Assembly Time

We noted earlier in this review that installing a new light switch and connecting it to your home WiFi network can be a challenge if you have no experience. And, this smart switch is installed a little bit different but not by much. Regardless, this requires a neutral wire, and they provide some incredible details for installation steps. Each wire is physically labeled as well as in diagrams provided for the switch installation. Don’t be intimidated; the instructions actually help.

Design Quality

The buttons on the switch make this not only easy to use, but the individual buttons make this switch more reliable and concise. The illuminated bar alongside the two dimmer buttons efficiently displays the level of light in the assigned room. The basic application makes this product even easier to use with its simple, but precise, layout. But, this product does not connect to voice command hubs.

Warranty

The manufacturer itself does offer an 18-month warranty, a 30-day refund guarantee, and free 24/7 lifetime support from their customer service dept. Additionally, Amazon offers a protection plan on this product of 3 years through SquareTrade. That means the refund or replacement of a product through this warranty is reliant upon the seller and Amazon itself.

Switchmate TSM001WCAN One-Second Installation Smart Lighting, Toggle

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Switchmate for Toggle Style Light Switches by SimplySmart Home
  • 1 SECOND SETUP requires no tools, no wiring and no professional assistance, and all batteries are included! Attaches...
  • SNAPS OVER TOGGLE STYLE LIGHT SWITCHES and ideal for homeowners, apartment dwellers, renters and students. Sleek design...
  • ADDS APP CONTROLLED TIMER and remote on/off to existing light switches and includes a built-in manual switch for easy...

The only product in this review that doesn’t require installation is the Switchmate Smart Lighting toggle switch. This is attached to your existing light switch faceplate and offers a voice command feature that does not require a voice hub. You can use this switch manually or on your phone, schedule light cycles, or set a timer. This is a really basic switch with a very basic application if you aren’t looking for anything fancy.

Ease of Use

Instantly snap the smart switch over your existing light switches’ faceplate, and download the application for your smart switch to use this product. Pick the style of switch for your assigned light(s), rocker or toggle, and set the built-in minor voice commands. Voice commands are built into the light switch itself, which defeats the need of a voice hub like Alexa.

Assembly Time

This smart switch is directly applied to your existing light switches and require absolutely nothing else for installation. Schedules and timers are set to assigned lights, control your light source manually with your phone, or they work directly with your voice.

Design Quality

Despite the incredibly simple installation, this switch is nowhere near as reliable as other products which require installation. But, for an affordable switch to add to your future smart home goal, the Switchmate is a great product to start with. But, long term reliability lies with the smart switches that are actively installed to replace normal ones. However, this product provides a ‘Welcome Home’ function, which turns your lights on when you arrive at your home.

Warranty

This product comes with a 1-year warranty provided by the manufacturer Switchmate Home. This covers only manufacturing errors or defects, and it will also need to be verified by the provider to approve or reject your returns or exchanges. Additionally, Amazon offers their own regular or extended 3-year protection plan.

Conclusion


Turning your home into a cornerstone of intelligent and useful technology to help make your life a little less complicated just became easier. The benefits of a smart home are endless and even add little moments of peace when we need it most. Not having to worry about physically being at home as much as possible is really the biggest comfort of these technologies. We don’t always remember to turn all the lights off, or arm/disarm our security systems, and life doesn’t stop moving for anyone or anything.

The Wemo Light Switch offers the best connectivity, easiest management, and compatibility with most other smart home devices. But, the Wemo Light Switch isn’t just providing great features, it is also affordable and has no additional fee for any subscriptions or application add-ons. So, for this review of various smart light switches, we rate the Wemo Light Switch at a solid 4 / 5 stars. Don’t be intimidated by installations and aim for compatibility if you currently use apps in your home for other accommodations. We hope this review helps you on your journey to a more efficient home.

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