The 10 Best Wireless Light Switches
This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in December of 2017. Whether you realized at work that you left the porch light on or you just don't want to get up from the sofa, being able to turn your devices on and off from a distance has its benefits. With these wireless switches, you can retrofit an old home, replace hard-to-reach controls, or set automatic schedules. For safety's sake, projects involving live wires should be done by a licensed electrician. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
December 10, 2020:
We felt the Monoprice Stitch 135557 deserved a spot on the list, as it’s an affordable, no-frills choice that’s great for anyone who doesn’t want to pay for extra bells and whistles or purchase a hub. That being said, it is conveniently controllable via the companion smartphone app as well as Amazon Alexa and Google Home. It’s available in versions with and without a dimming mechanism. Its traditional rocker-style switch includes a small blue LED status indicator. You can buy it with confidence, thanks to its one-year manufacturer’s warranty. It replaces the Acegoo Kit, which cannot be operated via Wi-Fi.
In this update, we also swapped out several other models for more desirable versions. For instance, we replaced the single-pole TP-Link Kasa HS200 with the more convenient, three-way TP-Link Kasa HS210, which can be controlled from two different locations in a room. For the same reason, we also replaced the Wemo 2nd generation with the otherwise highly similar Wemo WLS0403-BDL. The older version of the Philips Hue was replaced with the Philips Hue 466706 which comes with an updated, flat-top lightbulb. This particular set is convenient in that it doesn’t require any wiring, as you can mount the panel anywhere with either screws or adhesive tape. We kept the Wemo F7C059 in a prominent spot, since it brings you the convenience of scheduling your lights, having them go on and off automatically at dawn and dusk, and more. It also functions as a dimmer switch, and won’t cause any annoying flickering. It can be used via the companion smartphone app as well as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. For your safety, when any electrical installation involves working with live wires, it should be performed by a licensed electrician.
July 10, 2019:
There are a few different classes of wireless light switches. Some, like those made by Sonoff, are made to streamline a room and completely eliminate a physical switch. Naturally, these aren't for everybody, but they do offer every bit as much control as a smart home-oriented model. Actually, the Pro R2 lets you control multiple switches from the same unit, though it is a bit more work to wire.
A lot of models are designed to work over Wi-Fi, such as the TP-Link Kasa, both Wemo switches, and the GE MyTouchSmart. In the right configuration, these give you access to your lights from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an Internet connection. They're also generally very compatible with smart home systems, and allow for extensive programming through means like IFTTT. If you know you're interested in this highly versatile type of smart switch, we've got a great rundown of some of the best.
Some, like the Leviton and Philips Hue, miss out on a lot of their functionality without the right hub. While this is a drawback in the simplest applications, if you're dealing with a lot of switches in a single home, they can offer more in-depth and reliable control than most. But, because they are somewhat proprietary, they tend to cost more than most others after its all said and done.
And the simplest type doesn't offer any Wi-Fi control at all, but mimics a standard light switch without the need to install the switch plate itself in an electrical box. Two of the best of these are the Acegoo and Dewenwills. The Acegoo does require a bit of wiring, but its button is self-powered and water-resistant, so it can be used outdoors. The Dewenwills is meant for those who are completely opposed to doing electrical work, as you simply plug it in and mount the switch and you're done. It comes pre-configured and can be reprogrammed to work with multiple switches and outlets if you so desire. If this variety in particular interests you, we've got a nearly comprehensive selection of the top choices available.
Finally, remember that whenever you do electrical work there are a few steps you need to follow. All wireless switches require a neutral wire, so if your home doesn't have one run to the box you're working in, you'll need a licensed electrician to come out and pull one -- that's not a job for the average DIY handyman. Otherwise, it's perfectly safe for most homeowners to install their own light switches, as long as they follow good practice and safety protocols. Always turn off power at the breaker first, and work carefully to prevent any poor connections that could lead to shorts down the road.