Review : TKB Single Wall Paddle Switch

I’ve never been able to find a review on TKB Wall Paddle Switch online. There’s been limited information about the dimensions of the switch and if it will ever fit into a standard pattress box commonly found in Singapore. Previously, I had taken the leap of faith to install Duewi switches and I ended up having to give up manual control due to the dimension of the switch insert. Today, I’m glad to have taken the same leap for TKB Single Wall Paddle Switch. No more complains from primitive users who refuse to control the lights with a touchscreen device!!

Specification

  • Technology: Z-Wave (868.42MHz)
  • Maximum load: 6A (resistive)
  • Voltage: 230V, 50Hz
  • 30m range (indoors)

Pre-installation

 

As shown in the picture below, the switch insert is still too thick (by a few mm) to fit into a standard pattress box. Thus, I bought a foam board (5mm) from Art Friend and perfectly cut it to the dimension of the switch.

 

   

I’ll take the opportunity to show how the current Duewi switch insert look in a pattress box. Notice that the “TOP” is actually positioned sideways.

  

This is what I meant when I mentioned that there is no way I can keep the module upright and install the switch cover that comes with it. Thus I ended up using a blank switch cover.

Installation & Setup

I’d recommend that you engage a professional electrician to do the work unless you absolutely know what you are doing. If you are going to install the switch yourself, please ensure that you turn off the ELCB, main switch and confirm that the power is totally cut off. Look at the electrical meter for your house to make sure the supply is totally cut off if you have to. Even if you had done so, please use a neon (voltage) tester to ensure. Remember, safety first!

  1. Remove the paddle from the switch cover. You’d need to insert the mounting screws behind the paddle later.
  2. Connect the Live, Switched and Neutral wires to L, L’ and N respectively.
  3. Tighten the mounting screws; turn on the main switch to confirm that the switch is installed properly. You should hear a beep once the power is on and the blue LED light is on.

The paddle switch should work like a normal light switch. The funny thing about the design is that the on/off is reversed as compared to normal light switch (you press the top of the paddle to on instead of off).

 

Inclusion of the switch to your network will require you to connect your Vera to a battery pack and bring it close to less than a meter to the newly installed switch. Set Vera to include mode by pressing the Z-Wave button behind the controller, then tap the bottom of the TKB paddle. The Z-Wave led indicator on Vera should flicker upon successful inclusion.

Once you have connected the Vera back to the power adapter, I’d suggest you do a heal network to make sure the existing Z-Wave network works nicely with the new device. There you go, a new Z-Wave device that is suitable for use in Singapore!

Verdict

  1. Slightly more expensive than Duewi
  2. Size of switch cover is just nice for standard pattress box in Singapore
  3. Switch insert is still slightly thicker standard pattress box (can be fixed with a cut to size foam board)
  4. Nice blue led indicator on light switch
  5. Initial remote turning on and off will lag by a sec. Once the network learns how to relay the command, it will be rather instantaneous.

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