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Low voltage WeMo

by PeterJameson ‎02-16-2017 07:04 AM - edited ‎02-16-2017 07:17 AM

Greetings all

 

I know what I'm suggesting here is covered by the WeMo Maker, but a simple WeMo that operates from low voltage and will also switch low voltage would be a great product.

 

Over the past year or two, I've seen many posts from users who would benefit greatly from such a devlce as they do not need the advanced features of the Maker. They just want to switch things like low voltage LED party lights or small motors and the like, and as it is they have to turn to a WeMo Maker or operate a relay from an ordinary WeMo switch when in fact they don't really want or need to connect to the mains at all.

 

Come on Belkin. Give me a reply. Let me know that you've read this post!

Regards

Pete


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by Steve1
on ‎02-16-2017 02:15 PM

Isn't this EXACTLY what the Wemo Maker is for though?

by PeterJameson
on ‎02-17-2017 12:15 AM

Hello Steve1

 

Well yes I suppose it is, but the Maker has features that I suspect many users do not need for simple switching projects and its 5 volt power supply limitation is a bit of a drawback. It means that a mains supply is needed to power the power supply, where I envisage a device that can be powered from a battery or some other source such as a solar panel and can be operated from a range of voltages.

Regards

Pete

by xzdbm7
on ‎05-09-2018 10:39 AM

# Mee Too Also  :-) 

 

I have 3 gas fireplaces with low voltage switches to light/activate fireplace.

As stated by others there are many low voltage applications that could benefit from a low voltage wemo switch.

 

Could a switch be designd with a rechargeable battery option that is sufficient to power it, maybe with a sleep mode to reserve power - understanding that there would be delays to process on/off commands while the unit reconnects to network.  Assume sleep mode would be sufficient to remember network and reconnect prior processing command.

 

I invision, if practical, the switch would have a USB interface incorporated into the cover/swithplate to allow for convenional recharging vs. having to swap out batteries.

 

I'm not an electrical engineer so can't speak to feasibility or barriers to produce.

Wemo managed to get around the "dimmer" issue recently and I bought 3 of them to add to my existing 9.

I'm hoping that if we can show there is true demand, Wemo/Belkin can justify the deveopment dollars to pursue a low voltage switch option.

 

 

by WEMO Maker Inventor
on ‎05-09-2018 11:29 AM

You can build one yourself for < $10:  https://sites.google.com/site/mppsuite/esp2866.  The 3-way switch circuit could be used as is or with a simple push button, or use the "maker' type device with a pushbutton as a toggle.

 

The battery eating part will be the relay, it takes a lot of power to keep it going in the "on" position.  I'd be tempted to power that with small USB charger block and run the wires down from the switch.