As an Australian user - in the last few weeks we received our Lifx switch -
Lucky for me a brother in law is a electrician and so I offered him a bbq to check the switch and install it.
- I have some electrical eng experience as well and I noticed a major issue.
Australian houses commonly use a switch mount behind plasterboard that look like
Now if you mount a lifx switch on these as they are provided - there is a fair chance the screw terminals on the side of the switch will potentially contact the side of the frame
This will cause 2 issues -
- the switch mount is energized with 240v AC current - if its touched - someone is going to get electrocuted . My house has wooden studs but I know newer houses have steel…not sure how that’s going to play out.
- The other screw terminals can touch as well causing a short bypassing the switches themselves and making the switch unreliable and a fire hazard.
The switches require a cover over the terminals. Honestly I don’t understand how this got past the certification for Australia.
Now aside from that - the switches don’t appear to have an decent API in terms of being able to integrate into HomeAsssist yet - anyone aware of a solution?