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Carlon HW2162 Wireless Light Socket Switch

by Carlon

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  • Wireless light socket switch with 50-foot range
  • Easily controls overhead lights or table lamps
  • Mount it anywhere without having to connect a single wire
  • 12-volt battery is included
  • Takes up to 150 watts incandescent light; backed by a two-year warranty
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Product Information

Item Package Quantity: 1
Technical Details
BrandCarlon
Item Weight11.5 ounces
Product Dimensions4 x 3 x 3 inches
Item model numberHW2162
Manufacturer Part NumberHW2162
  
Additional Information
ASINB000LNMTUA
Best Sellers Rank #135,000 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.4 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableAugust 17, 2005
  
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From the Manufacturer

Carlon's HW2162 wireless light socket switch has a 50-foot range and easily controls overhead lights or table lamps. It can be mounted anywhere without having to connect a single wire and includes a12-volt battery. It takes up to 150 watts of incandescent light and is backed by a two-year warranty.

Customer Reviews

The first one which was used about once per day broke in 6 months.
22cents
I determined through switching out the components with the other working light that it was the receiver at fault (the part that screws into the light socket).
Ron F.
The latest unit last for 9 days, When it failed for my wife, I thought she may have performed some magic, but no, it would not come on for me either.
Randall Carmichael

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ron F. on May 15, 2011
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I purchased 3 of these in the fall of '10 and they have all failed. I am a professional handyman, and while I always recommend the always reliable method of running wire and installing a standard switch, that can be costly. I offer my customers this option as a significant savings, with the caveat that there are disadvantages (batteries that must be replaced, unreliable wireless signaling, and a less-than-solid switch). In years past, I always used Heath's similar product. It uses a 9-volt battery and has proven to be much more reliable. Some of those units, installed 5 years ago or more, are still working. However, as far as I've been able to learn, Heath only offers two channels, meaning you cannot install more than two of these in your house or they will interfere with each other. That has not been a problem until late last year when a customer asked me to install these switches in 3 closets. I used one Heath, and two Carlons, as they have 4 channels. One of the Carlons died within 6 weeks. I determined through switching out the components with the other working light that it was the receiver at fault (the part that screws into the light socket). I purchased the third unit right away to replace the defective one, and sent the defective unit to the company for a refund. They would not give me money - only another switch/receiver unit. Great - that's like going to a restaurant and getting lousy food and then getting a coupon for a free meal on your next visit. I did receive the replacement unit. Last week, my client called and said both [Carlon] lights do not work. This is one of the originals I purchased, along with the replacement I purchased 6 weeks later later. I measured the voltage on all the batteries and they were all reading about 3.2 volts each (well above the required 6).Read more ›
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah Ekelund on May 23, 2009
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I needed this product because three basement lights were all pull-strings, and my kids could not reach them to turn them on and off. Because I put a playroom downstairs, I wanted to give them a little bit more independence. I purchased three of this product because product description said that you could put multiple lights on one frequency. Very innovative!
When I received the product, the installation was a snap. We chose to use the sticky pads instead of the screws. We have found that because of the wireless aspect, the lights down always turn on and off when you click them. They are a bit touchy. Also, they have to be mounted in a place with a clear view to the light fixture (i.e. not around the corner) or this increases the touchiness. This is the only reason I gave it 4 stars. Otherwise, I (and my children) are perfectly happy with them.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Devine on January 16, 2009
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This product is great, I have only had these in use for a week so far, but they are a real time saver for installation is a snap. It is nice to have the double sided tape along with the screws (a choice on how to mount) included in the package, especially since I have an old house with plaster and latte, and using screws to install can be more of a hassle than it is worth. Also this product is so clearly a quality product, very well made, and I expect it will last a long time. The ability to use four different channels to prevent interferance with other units used in the same vicinity is really nice. Also for a multi light fixture you can put all lights on one frequency, and control from one switch. These devices are working well with my compact florescent bulbs too!(what a plus).

4/11/09 I was asked for more detail, these lights get their power from the socket that they screw into, therfor the lights power source has not changed. The switch for the wall has a small very long life battery in it, I am not sure of the lifetime for this battery, but due to the kind of load, and use it will get I would expect them to last for many years. I am still very satisfied with this product, and would purchase them again in a heartbeat. Money well spent!

4/2/11 Unfortunately these units that I put in my sons room, are no longer working. I believe that the reason they no longer can be turned on or off is due to overheating. They were used in a cieling fixture with glass housings for the lights with tight tolerances to the units, which when the unit stopped switching I noted that the unit was very hot, I think next time I will try this same unit with the glass housing removed to allow better air circulation to maintain temperature and therfore extend the lifetime of the unit. Overall still very satisfied with this device. I think they definately need the air movement though to extend lifetime.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. on January 23, 2009
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Using this wireless switch for a closet light with a pull chain.

Initially, the switch only worked 7 out of 10 times... until I fine tuned it...
1) Make sure the switch is orientated the correct way to the cover plate...
2) Make sure the top of the switch is up when installed...
3) Make sure the two cover plate screws are tightened enough...

Now... the switch very rarely does not work on the 1st touch.
I would buy one again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Keith Vorderbruggen on January 30, 2009
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I am happy with the performance of this product.

However, installation leaves something to be desired. The screw holes do not match up with standard wall mount hardware. So you can't just pull an existing switch out, hard wire the light and then throw this switch over it.

We had a place where we needed a second light switch for a three way light effect. So I purchased two sets because you can set them to the same frequency. That is cool.

Also the switch plate they give you does not pull tight against so you get a slight hollow behind look. If you didn't paint all the way to the switch mounting, you can see bare wall behind it.

However, it has been working great.

5 stars for functionality
2 for ascetics.
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