Laghten Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch — Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT (Single-Pole, Schedule, Remote Control, Neutral Wire Required, Easy Installation, No Hub required)
Wow, that's a mouthful, huh? Well, let me preface this review like I normally do. If this is your first time visiting my website, I enjoy reviewing the smart wifi switches I buy and passing along the information to people like you! If you're looking to upgrade your home with smart switches, then I have several reviews on an assortment of different ones! I do the research so you don't have to! This entire page will be dedicated to the review of the Laghten smart wi-fi light switch. So let's start!
I actually ordered the Laghten Wi-Fi Light Switch 4 Pack about a month ago, after trying to figure out which smart non-dimmer was best for me. I checked several different products on both Amazon and eBay and decided to try my luck with the Laghten smart switches. They were a great deal, were highly recommended, and had several good reviews with photos I could see the actual product. When checking what I want to spend $60 on, I'm going to do my homework! I have to say, for the price, I'm impressed with these switches — let's find out why!
My headlines for this product are:
Very cool: Affordable! Simple nightlight when off. Integrated with Smart Life easily. Not an "angled" paddle switch. Accessible reset switch.
Not cool: Mechanical press feels "off" sometimes. I feel like the nightlight flickers very faintly. Had a little bit of trouble with setup at first.
Overall: For around $60 for a four-pack of smart lights ($15/light) it's a great deal if you don't mind the button.
So... What Can You Tell Me About These Smart Switches?
They work! Plain and simple, they work. I installed the switches as I do with any other ones and they came on and were able to be setup within minutes. I did run into a little bit of an issue when initially setting them up with the "Smart Life" app which many smart products use, but after I learned of the mistake I was making, they were easy. When I first turned the breaker back on, the switch immediately started up in "pairing mode," but after a minute or so, it dropped out of pairing — just in time for me to start searching for the switch and think it was connected but it wasn't. Basically, I had to do it twice since the pairing mode didn't last that long. It looked like it was connected, but I couldn't find it in the Smart Life app, so it didn't carry over to Google or Alexa. Once I figured out how to get it back into pairing mode, the rest of the setup went smoothly.
The switches look great and they bring a fresh, clean look to the market. A lot of switches use an "angled" look that almost appears as if the light is also in either the "on" or "off" position. The Laghten smart wi-fi light switch doesn't though. It's a clean, "even" look instead of a "fake paddle" look, which I appreciate. If you're used to the angled look, then this might bug you a bit, but for me, it was a fresh new look and brought some symmetry into place. Don't get me wrong, it still looks like a paddle switch, but not a "permanently" on or off one.
But It's Not All Rainbows and Butterflies...
If you're one of those people that like to test the sensitivity of their products, you may have a little trouble with this smart switch. Again, I love it, but there's something about how it "clicks" when you press it that drives my OCD a little bit crazy. There seems to be two actual presses to the switch, but it's hard to explain. It's as if the light clicks to make you think it's going to turn on/off, but doesn't unless you depress it ALL the way and then you'll get the second click which then turns the light on and off. It's like having a mechanical keyboard, but sometimes the key doesn't depress all the way down, you know? You don't really hear that much, mainly because it doesn't happen. I'm not sure why they didn't test the product a little further, but if you simply don't press it hard enough, it'll click and nothing will happen. Not that big of a problem, just push the switch like you would any other "normal" switch — this is just one of those things I want to point out.
Again, I've never fully mushed the smart light switch and gone "Huh, the light didn't go off," but there have been times I've just been messing with the switch and seeing how easy I can press it and it won't go off. Again, in normal use where I'm not acting like this, it works fine and I've had zero problems with it not doing what it's supposed to. It responds to Google, Alexa, app requests and works flawlessly. This is just one detail I did not fully like about the actual mechanics of the switch.
How easy IS the install?
I'm not an electrician by any means, but I understand colors, what they represent, and how to not kill myself touching wires. Heck, you don't really even need to know what the colors do, but as long as you know what to do with them, you're in good shape. As with any electrical install, please do your own research as it can be extremely dangerous and you CAN kill yourself if you're not careful! I assume NO liability if you hurt yourself, fry your product, catch your house on fire, or accidentally set off a nuclear bomb (pretty impossible, but hey, it's 2020!). Please review the pictures above and make sure you have a VERY FIRM UNDERSTANDING of how to do BASIC wiring before proceeding. Again, at the end of the day, this stuff is VERY basic, but it's also VERY dangerous. In a typical install, all you need to do is remove the old switch (ALWAYS pay attention to where the wires are going in the wall) and install the new switch. Obviously, MAKE SURE YOUR POWER IS OFF BEFORE DOING SO. Your typical "dumb" switch may only have two (or even three) wires running to it and you may be looking at your product going "Wth? I have four wires!" but it's super simple! Again, in a typical install, your "live" (POWER) wire goes to the bottom of your "dumb" switch and then you hook the "live" (again, POWER) from your light to the TOP of the dumb switch. When you flick the switch UP/ON, it connects both black/live/power wires and sends power to your light. Makes sense, right? With your SMART switch, your LIVE/POWER still connects to the black wire on your switch, but instead of connecting your LIGHT's power source to the top of the switch, you simply connect it to the RED wire on the smart switch. In this instance, power comes IN on the black wire and goes OUT on the red wire. Since ALL smart switches in 2020 require a neutral wire (white wire), make sure all of them on bindled and capped off and your ground wires (GREEN on the back of smart switches and BARE COPPER in your walls most likely), do the same with those. Again, I STRONGLY URGE you to YouTube some basics on "How to Install a Smart Switch" or even a basic switch to get a visual idea of how it works. It's easy, but can be unsure if you're not positive. Again, as always, TURN OFF YOUR BREAKER(S) FIRST! Also, one last note, these switches can be a bit "deep" and typically require larger gang boxes to be installed in the wall. If you already have gang boxes that are 2" deep, you should be okay. If not, you may need to replace your gang boxes with some deeper ones, such as the Carlon B114R-UPC Lamson Home Products Number-1G Old Work Box.
Closing Thoughts on the Laghten Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch
For a simple smart light switch, it's harder to get something better. I have four of these myself and it adds a great bit of flair of style with the lights and is very simple, yet attractive. It looks great in my office, hallway, dining room and spare room and the nightlight feature is very nice. It's a very subtle, dim light that's just enough to see it in the dark. If you don't think the mechanical feel of the switch won't bother you, then I highly recommend the Smart Light Switch, Laghten Wi-Fi Light Switch, Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT, Single-Pole, Schedule, Remote Control, Neutral Wire Required, Easy Installation and would rate it a solid 7/10, only removing some points for it's slightly weird mechanical feel to it and the slight problem I had connecting it to the Smart Life app.
They definitely need a longer pairing time than the minute or so I had. Once you get used to how to function it with this minor quirk, then you should be good to go. Overall, it's a fantastic switch and it works flawlessly now. I can control these smart switches on my phone or with voice with Google or Alexa. If you like what I had to say about this product, please consider checking out the product from my website.