GE Enbrighten Add-On Switch for GE Z-Wave/GE Zigbee Smart Lighting Controls, Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, NOT A STANDALONE SWITCH, Toggle, 12728
|Operating Voltage||120 Volts|
|Switch Style||Add-on Switch|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||2.25 x 2.25 x 4.25 inches|
- WHY AN ADD-ON SWITCH – Add-on switches allow GE-branded in-wall smart controls to operate correctly in multi-switch configurations. By connecting directly to the smart device, the add-on mirrors its functions. This feature allows you to dim lights, adjust fan speeds, turn fixtures ON/OFF and more based on the capabilities of the primary smart device. While the add-on switch is not a stand-alone device, it provides continued use of your favorite smart-device functions from multiple locations.
- ULTIMATE FLEXIBILITY – Compatible with any GE-branded smart control to operate lights or devices from multiple locations. The add-on switch sends commands to the connected in-wall Z-Wave or Zigbee switch, dimmer or fan control for full use of home automation features in 3-way configurations. For easy installation, the add-on switch only requires neutral, traveler and ground wires. It cannot be used as a standalone switch.
- Requires a GE Home Automation Switch. This is NOT a standalone switch. (This product is an add-on only switch, and requires an existing GE Home Automation Switch to function. Without a GE Home Automation Switch, the Add-On Switch WILL NOT OPERATE.)
- MULTI-SWITCH OPERATION – Easily replace any in-wall control in a multi-switch configuration to support the features of the primary smart device to which it is connected. Up to four add-on switches can be added to a smart switch or dimmer to operate fixtures from as many as five locations.
- COMPATIBLE DEVICES – The add-on switch mirrors the functions of the primary smart device. It offers ON/OFF control when paired with a switch, dims when connected to a dimmer, adjusts speed when used with a fan control and many other home-automation commands.
- EASY INSTALLATION – Requires indoor in-wall installation with hardwired connections. NEUTRAL WIRE REQUIRED. Wall plate not included. Works with LED, CFL, incandescent and halogen bulbs as well as other fixtures based on the primary device functionality.
Device detailed description
Expand your control with the GE-branded In-Wall Add-on Switch. When paired with a GE-branded smart switch or dimmer, including Z-Wave, Zigbee and Bluetooth controls, the hardwired device completes multi-switch systems. Wirelessly operate and schedule indoor or outdoor fixtures from up to five locations for effortless management of your home.
Features and specification
|Brand Smart devices brand|
|Integration Supported smart home integration|
|Interface Smart device connectivity interface|
|Manufacturer Smart device manufacturer|
|Color Available colors|
|Item Package Quantity||
|Type of Bulb|
2 year limited
2.25 x 2.25 x 4.25 inches
|Certification Smart device certification|
|Number of Positions|
Frequently asked question
One confusion here is that there is more than one switch for this listing, so asking about 'this switch' might be hard to answer. SO I want to be very clear. Either the GE 12727 or 12729 will absolutely work as a 2 pole switch. It does not have to be used as a 3-way only. For a regular 2-way switch you just keep th… see more One confusion here is that there is more than one switch for this listing, so asking about 'this switch' might be hard to answer. SO I want to be very clear. Either the GE 12727 or 12729 will absolutely work as a 2 pole switch. It does not have to be used as a 3-way only. For a regular 2-way switch you just keep the traveler terminal insulated. Right out of the box, that's actually the way they come. You have to remove a tape tab if you want to use them as a 3-way switch. Note that for 3-way or 4-way operation, yo need the 'add on' switch (also listed on here).
You will need This model GE 12728 as well as a either the GE 14292 (Switch model) or GE 14295 (Dimmer model). Once installed you will need a Z-Wave Hub/Controller such as SmartThings, Wink, or other hub to control the Z-Wave switch or dimmer you chose.
No. Wemo is a WiFi switch
The Add-On Switch cannot control a light by itself and doesnt contain a wireless radio. It is designed for use with a GE Z-Wave/Zigbee/Bluetooth In-Wall Smart Switch to replace an existing 3-way installation in your home. 3-way installations are when you have 2 light switches controlling the same light(s) such as 2 swi… see more The Add-On Switch cannot control a light by itself and doesnt contain a wireless radio. It is designed for use with a GE Z-Wave/Zigbee/Bluetooth In-Wall Smart Switch to replace an existing 3-way installation in your home. 3-way installations are when you have 2 light switches controlling the same light(s) such as 2 switches on either side of a long hallway controlling the light in the middle, or 2 switches on the top and bottom of a stairwell that control the light in the middle. If you have multiple lights that all wire to different switches, you will need a Smart Switch to replace each switch. You would not use an add-on switch for those instances.
3 reviews for GE Enbrighten Add-On Switch for GE Z-Wave/GE Zigbee Smart Lighting Controls, Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, NOT A STANDALONE SWITCH, Toggle, 12728
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Can be confusing to install (I'm not an electrician!) but they work GREAT
I purchased several of the GE Z-Wave switches as a warehouse deal and unfortunately some of them were missing the ‘neutral’ wire for installation. Hopefully this would not be an issue if you are buying new (I would not expect so!) but you may still want to have some electrical wiring (white) available so you don’t get held up on install as the ones which did have it included were somewhat short and I really had to ‘stretch’ to get it to fit.
These are add-on switches which are ONLY for use with other GE Switches (14292 and 14295 are the two I used for on/off and dimmer capability). Unfortunately there are MANY ways to wire light switches so for me it was a bit complicated to get these to work, but once they are installed and operational they work great! I only had one which would not connect to my Samsung SmartThings Hub and used the troubleshooting guide for the app to ‘reset’ which devices it was syncing. Once it connected, I was able to control via both the SST app and Alexa app (as well as my Echo devices). Works great!
My only complaint is that when I installed one of the units, the head snapped off the screw to re-attach the switchplate which is now unfortunately forever stuck inside the device. I may be able to remove the entire switch and remove from the back end, but for now I intend to use ‘super glue’ and attach it to the switchplate itself since it was only one of the 4 attaching to the wall.
Would definitely recommend these for those who have toggle switches (versus the paddle) as this seemed to be the ONLY one of the market for this style of switch.07/14/2022Verified Purchase
Works with both 300 series and 500 series main switch
Correction to my comments… This is the add-on switch. I don’t believe that there is any 300 series vs. 500 series distinction for this. I have used this add on switch with both the 300 series and 500 series main switch without issue.
My comment below was intended to be attached to the z-wave plus main switch, not the add on switch (sorry about that). I am leaving the original comment below because if you are using an add on switch you must have a main switch (add on switch does not work by itself) so you should be aware of the difference between the 300 series and 500 series main switch and if it matters to your application. Sorry for the confusion. -J
Original comment intended for main switch is as follows:
Ok, here is the important thing that you need to know. There are TWO versions of this switch. One is the 300 series (GE markets that one as just ‘Z-Wave’ and there is the 500 series (GE markets that one as ‘Z-Wave Plus’). If you are using a single switch with a single light, it does not make much of a difference (sure there are memory upgrades and whatnot, but it is a light switch, no big deal there). Where it makes a BIG difference is if you have a situation where you have a 3-way switch situation (one light, two switches). In a 3-way switch situation if you have switch and a less expensive add on switch. If you use a 300 series switch as your primary and someone toggles the add on switch, the hub will not update it and will report the wrong state of the device. This was a pain in the neck for me because I use these to maintain remote control of lights and I want to know accurately if a light is on or off. If you have a 500 series switch (marketed as z-wave plus by GE), the hub will be notified of the change and will always report the correct state. My suggestion is to only buy the 500 series switches for new procurement. If you find a deal or you have old inventory of the 300 series, go ahead and go that way but only use them for a single switch to single light application.06/08/2022Verified Purchase
A bit too expensive for just an add on switch
Included with the switch are the instructions, neutral wire, mounting screws and an additional paddle (tan, as white is on the switch by default).
After installing a couple of the regular Z-wave switches in various areas of my house, I discovered that if you have them on a light that is controlled by multiple switches, then you have to get these add-on switches for the other switches or the Z-wave switch and the other switches will not work properly. My biggest grip for this is that it is too expensive for just a switch that only allows for the proper function of the other switches.
This add-on switch is like installing most light switches or wall outlets, with the assumption you’re your switches have been properly wired initially, using the standard color wiring for hot, neutral, load, and ground. The installation of the Z-wave and the add-on is not as painless as it should be though. Make sure to shut off the breaker to the switch you want to remove, open the wall plate, label and remove the 3 wires on the old switch. My one initial complaint with these GE switches is the location of the ground screw. It is in the middle of the top of the switch, instead of being off to the side, and is more difficult than it should be to get the ground on.
After connecting all the wires to the switch, which is less complicated than the regular Z-wave, which includes just the ground traveler and neutral. Make sure that you do mix the power wire with the neutral. Once wired, you just put back into the box and put the face plate back on and turn on the fuse. Depending on your space in the switch box, you may need to trim the excess metal pieces off the side, which luckily is made to be easily removed, if needed.
Since this is just an add-on switch as long as you have the Z-wave switch properly connected, it should just work. Z-wave switches are notorious for being a little more complicated than they should be when trying to connect to a hub though.
Total install time of the add-on is about 15 to 20 minutes, depending or not whether you have the Z-wave switch already installed.
This shouldn’t be so expensive for just an add-on pass through switch.
4 stars05/18/2022Verified Purchase