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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2009
I bought this based off a good review in Consumer Reports. We weren't sure if we'd be smart enough to install it, but after viewing some YouTube videos felt confident that we wouldn't destroy anything by trying. The installation was pretty easy (after we figured out which breaker to turn off), and we had it installed and programmed to our specifications within about thirty minutes. This is an excellent product that I would buy again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2010
After programming and installing the unit, and allowing it to work for two days, I found the room always felt much cooler than the progammed 72 degrees when the unit was in A.C. mode. I placed 2 other digital thermostats next to the new Lux, and two mercury thermostats also, and all four of those read the actual room temperature as being about 3 degrees cooler than the Lux. Even though the owners manual / instructions stated the unit was accurately pre-calibrated at the factory, I found I needed it to adjust the actual temp setting by 3 degrees, and there is a function that allows you to do that.

I was a little disapointed to discover that when the unit is in operating mode, the "programmed" temperature is not displayed in addition to the actual room temp. Two previous digital units I have used in my home showed both the programmed and actual temps at the same time. With the Lux, if you want to double check what the programmed temp is set at, you have to push a button to get that programmed setting to display. When I contacted Lux, they were quick to answer back, but did tell me that most of their units do not show the programmed temp.

The unit is working fine... but what I believe was an inaccurate factory setting, and the lack of a constantly showing programmed temp, led to me to rate this unit as a "4".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2009
I replaced an outdated and broken Lux thermostat with this one. It was easy to install (if you read the directions) and I really like the larger display. I also think the "replace your filter" feature is great. The only aspect of this thermostat that I don't like is when I override to turn up the heat it no longer displays the current temperature in the room, it only shows the temperature I am trying for.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2010
I only using this for my boiler heat (baseboard)so the opinion is strictly on heating

I'm not "mechanically inclined" and had asked my brother to come by and install this for me. But after reading the instruction online at Lux website, I though I would give it a try. Other than dropping the screws few times, the installation was a breeze; it really only took about 15 minutes, and if I can do it, anybody can

The operation was easy too - you turn the dial to "weekdays" "Sat" "Sun" or "Special" to program each of these separately, each has 4 "time" settings (typical on all programmable). I hav a Home Office, and do get to the "office" at specific time, so I set the heat to come on 30 min before so it is nice and warm by the time I get to the office, then lower after 6PM, and really low (60F) at night. I also set the temp lower on Sat and Sun, and the I use the Special Program for those days when I am at client site and aways most of the day, or when I am on vacation. There is an override feature so if I do have to work Sat or Sun it is very easy to up the temp. You can also 'release" the special program if you plan changed

In my view this is really all you need, especially with the override and special program features. I have the 7 day programmable in the bedrooms and for the living room/ dinning room, but I ended up copying the program to all 5 weekdays anyway. I love that it is price lowered than the 7 day programmable. Just make sure it will work with your heating system before you buy - go to Lux products website and read the specifics
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2009
I bought this digital thermostat to replace an antiquated round dial we had on the wall. The calibration on the old one was way off and, obviously, it could only hold the same temperature all day. This model is your typical 5-1-1, highly rated by Consumer Report, easy to operate and program.

I had to call customer support because the terminals in the old thermostat were not labeled and I could not figure out how to connect the wires to the new thermostat (had the terminals been labeled on the old one, I could have used the scheme in the enclosed manual). Customer support returned my call in 24 hours, as promised, and answered all my questions.

It works perfectly. I cannot think of anything they could have done better.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2010
PROS: Very sensitive and accurate temperature, measures humidity, and cheap (on Amazon) for the features it offers.

CONS: Buttons just cheap and hard to push as the lower-end models from Lux. It also seems to me that the most important display on a thermostat is the current temperature and the target temperature. The engineers at Lux decided that you would prefer to use the unit as a clock, so the time in large bold letters, while you have to press a button to see what the current temperature is. Seems like a small detail but it becomes very annoying.

OTHER: We purchased this about 4 months ago when the button on our base model Lux stopped working. Lured by the "Soft touch" button and bright display we decided to upgrade. Very disappointed. This has the same hard-to-push buttons as the other model, but with soft plastic covers. The durability is just as poor, and it has now broke. We now have a model from Honeywell.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2009
I have three zones in my house - a 4 level multi-family with 3 units. The entire heating bill is mine (oil fed boiler with hot water radiators). So, anything that I can do to make my home more efficient is in my best interests. I looked at many thermostats here on Amazon before deciding that this one would probably do the trick.

They were a snap to install. It's got detailed diagrams that make it easy to know exactly what wire connects up to what. My needs were straightforward as I just needed "heat only". And in an hour I installed all three units. And had each of them configured in 5 minutes flat. It's really simple - you just set the dial for weekday, then set the time/temp - for each of the periods you want. And do the same for sat and sun - each of which is done separately instead of a single weekend program. It's nice having that extra flexibility, and the backlight is a nice added touch.

I felt that I got a very good deal on these at only $31 each including free shipping, for full programmable units. They are a bit more right now but still I would buy them at $37 each.

I also bought a mastercool infrared thermometer to help identify those cold spots, to help me know where to add foam sealant and insulation. At $45 - that's a bargain too!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2012
I bought this item to replace a White-Rogers thermostat. Installation and wiring was very easy as the included instructions were very clear. The rotary dial makes programming very easy; no layers and layers of menus for every setting.
PROS:
- Simple install with a drill, Phillips screwdriver and level. Wall anchors are included. Instructions didn't say to make sure it was level, but I did so anyway.
- Easy to program with rotary dial for weekday, Saturday and Sunday settings.
- Backlit screen (backlight comes on when you touch a key)
- Humidity display.
- Clear instructions.

CONS
- Does not display the setpoint temperature unless you press the up/down key. Only displays actual temperature.
- Swing default should be larger (default is 1). You can change the default, but really it should be set to a larger swing at the factory.

Conclusion: Worth the price and a good upgrade if you don't have a programmable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2011
Please beware that the wallplate that Amazon lists above in the "frequently purchased together" section is the wrong wallplate. I just got off the phone with Lux and there is no wallplate made for this thermostat. The wallplate listed above is for the touchscreen model. I ordered it assuming Amazon listed it because it fit this thermostat. Well it is too big.

Other than that the thermostat is great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2009
Does everything advertised. Installed in about 10 minutes, replacing a mechanical thermostat. The humidity indicator is nice. It would be nice if it had a manual panel light.
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