5 Stars By Chris on 2015-05-22
I now have a number of these working well
ADD-ON COMMENTS MAY 26, 2016 - It's been over a year now since I installed this and I must say the set up has worked flawlessly. My garden lights come on and because it's based on sunset times, I never have to adjust for seasonal changes or daylight savings time changes, the way I would have to with those pesky clock timers that come with the garden light transformers. I had one instance where a rain storm tripped the GFIC and I texted my house keeper to hit the re-set on the GFIC and all was good. I have also one of these receptacles control a robotic web cam. That has worked really well also, as I use it to re-boot the webcam from Canada if I needed to. I've done this 2x in the past year. Sometimes I need to check or confirm something late at night and I can turn on the garden lights and have a look around with the webcam. The LED set up is dope! I get the equivalent of 300 watts of lighting using only 1/10 the power. I will deploy more of these at another house for a similar set-up. Truly allows great control and flexibility in a vacation home.
MY ORIGINAL REVIEW: Perfect, installation was a breeze, paired no problem on my Schlage Nexia z-wave network. I put a GFCI before it, put it in a nice bubble cover (Hubbell MM2420C) now I can script and remotely control my garden lights (Malibu 8301-9601-01 50 Watt Cast Metal Flood Lights, Black Matte) in coastal Fl. I am doing this from Canada. The lights come on 15 minutes before sunset and shut off at 11PM. The lights are running Sunthin MR-16 5 watt LED's, driven by a 60 watt Ledwholesalers LED Power Suppply Driver Transformer 120 to 12 Volt DC Output, Water Resistance, 60 Watt, 3204-12V. Most of the previously mentioned items have been purchased through 2DayDeliver as one order. :-) I love it when everything comes together.
5 Stars By Oakende Rex on 2017-06-23
Quality Device, Difficult to Pair, Extremely Bright Light
I just installed this receptacle in my kitchen to control the window unit air conditioner we have in there to give a boost to the central air when cooking. I am a master electrician, so the swap of the old receptacle for the new was a breeze. I also have my BS in computer science, but that early 90's degree gets me nowhere with today's computers and apps. After twenty minutes of trying to get this device to pair with my Wink Hub 2 and trying every device configuration in the "Power" category in the Wink app, I retreated here to the reviews, looking for someone who had tried to pair this device with a Wink Hub. I found Anastasia's review and she was correct. I paired with the outdoor "GE Plug-In Outdoor Smart Switch", it said the paring failed, I killed the app and restarted it and went to the "Lights + Power" control group and it showed up there as "Switch" with a light bulb icon. We'll see if this switched/controlled receptacle has the fortitude to run an 8000 BTU window unit A/C. As for the blue light on the front of the receptacle, its on when the bottom (controlled) portion of the receptacle is off, it goes off when the receptacle is on. I have mine installed low behind a cabinet and it isn't visible, so the light doesn't bother us. However, if this were installed elsewhere and the receptacle was not hidden the brightness of the light would be a problem, especially in a bedroom where blue light while sleeping, they are discovering is not a good thing.
This update comes a month after the original install, the receptacle is still working fine. I have abandoned Wink as my Home Automation controller and have switched to Vera as it is more flexable and offers more options like Geo Fencing and energy metering. his device un-paired easily from Wink and pared very easy with Vera using a Generic Z-Wave Device protocol in the devices section of Vera.
I knew when I purchased this device that it did not have a metering function, I will be replacing it this week with an Enerwave RM15r that had metering capabilities.
4 Stars By T.Perraut on 2014-08-06
Good but not perfect
The LED is on when the outlet is off (and it's a bright blue LED that is super-annoying at night in a bedroom), but that can be changed if you have a remote or a controller that can send very specific commands. I wish there was a way to program it from the pairing button itself (like a very long press).
Other than that, it's a basic/standard GE outlet. The bottom outlet is the one controlled, the top one is always on.
The twist connectors coming in the box are likely useless for you if you have more than one wire to connect to in the electricity box. So keep that in mind (get some bigger one based on the size and number of wires to connect together.
Also DO NOT forget to buy a faceplate. The faceplates are not included (super cheap on 2DayDeliver, so Add-on items for prime. Better order all at the same time.
If some wonder, as all plugged-in devices (versus battery devices), this acts as a Z-Wave repeater.
I bought a few and if they last, I'll likely buy a few more. (so 4 stars = good :-) )
4 Stars By StevieT on 2016-05-18
THE FUTURE IS HERE, WELL A VERY SHORT PAIRING DISTANCE FUTURE.
I am using two of these in my garage attic to turn the lights on automatically when you climb up the retractable stairs. They are connected to a SmartThings hub, and a Samsung motion sensor tells them to turn on when you climb up.
Very easy to install with the supplied wire nuts. The only quirky thing is they have a very short range to do the initial connection with the hub. It even states that they have to be within 10 feet of the hub. Well that's easy for a device that is more mobile like a plug, but something that is hardwired you can't really wire up by the hub then wire up in your junction box.
I had to bring an old WIFI extender up to the attic of the garage along with my Samsung Hub. Connect the extender to the network and LAN connect the Hub. Then go through the z-wave pairing on the smartphone. It worked great once the Hub was within that short range.
So either you have to have these closer to a hub, have a super long LAN cable to bring your hub closer to the outlet, or do as I did.
I love that the outlet has one always live plug.
4 Stars By Tee on 2017-06-19
One Star Off for OVERBRIGHT blue light
I took away one star because the blue light on this receptacle is so bright, the only place i could use it was to replace the receptacle for the freezer in my garage so that if for reason it goes off or disconnects, my Homeseer will send me an email letting me know. And the very bright blue light is also advantageous here since I will now certainly know if the receptacle is off because the garage will be blue.
Outside of my type of use, if you intend to use this in the house, unless it needs to be permanently on so that the blue light is off, or it will be located in a place where the blue light will not matter (like behind a wall mounted tv), then you will find the blue light on this receptacle very bright like a flashlight, and very disturbing!
Outside of the above, it works perfectly and it is very reliable!
3 Stars By J. Cart on 2017-05-15
Cool at first then....a Headache...
I purchased this along with the samsung Smarthing HUB. After the hub app and updates were done. It connected nicely to the GE Z-wave outlet and was able to use my iPhone or Alexia to control the outlet. I loved it. Then after two weeks, my love faded....I called GE tech support and they advised that the outlet was ok as I could manually turn it off and on and the blue light was on. So I called SamSung they looked at the account and advised that the HUB was fine and that the outlet was not communicating to the HUB...long story short...I returned the GE OUTLET...now back to a good old outlet...not as cool but reliable...I might be returning the HUB as well, just waiting to see if I'm going to spring for another wireless outlet...
4 Stars By fuel98rider on 2018-03-27
Love the quality and having it in the wall
Love these outlets. I have them around my house to control my lights via z-wave through my Samsung Smarthings hub. Easy to install and easy to configure in the Smarththings interface. Have not had any problems getting them set up as others have alluded to. By having these in the wall as opposed to the plug in modules, there is less chance for them to be knocked off and not working. The also look a lot better by being directly in the wall. Will buy more as I grow my smart home.
5 Stars By Dave B. on 2016-05-24
Put Some Z in Your Wave.
So far so good. I bought two to connect to my Wink hub in a media room. They wired up easily and have functioned for a few months. I guess my only thing is how bright the blue LED is on the outlet. Fortunately, the two outlets are hidden by a piece of furniture and it blocks it. Some people may like the brightness, some may not. I suppose it depends on the intended usage. I also wish they came in a duplex style plug, but these two things are tiny in relation to the positives.
I had to add one more thing: When adding the outlet to my hub, it didn't link right as a GE plug. I believe I used Leviton for it to function correctly when setting everything up.
3 Stars By LD on 2018-03-15
Function- This thing is great and paired easy
Function- This thing is great and paired easy. Responds well and repeats as designed. The reason I dropped it 2 stars is because of the light (see attached picture). The light is on anytime the unit is set to off. I do enjoy a blue status light to confirm operation, but this light is significantly brighter than GE's zwave switches (picture also attached). Bright enough that it would replace a plug in wall night light so sure. I have yet to be able to find a way to just have the light off through the hub (VeraLite). Overall, this will work and depending on the application, I could see this being a wanted feature. Just not for my living room with no furniture blocking the outlet.
Update: It appears GE has heard this concern before because there now is a unit that is the same minus the light
5 Stars By Brent F. on 2016-12-22
This was very easy to install and then add to my Smartthings network
This was very easy to install and then add to my Smartthings network. Had it up and running in very short order. I like that using this outlet allows me to set Smartthings to automatically turn on my living room light at sunset and then turn it off at 11pm. I used to use a plug in timer and it was a pain to keep adjusting the on time as the time it gets dark varies day to day. It's also nice if i want it on to say "Echo, turn on the living room light".