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Retrofitting older homes with smart tech has its challenges. Chief among them is the lack of neutral wires in lighting circuits. Enter the Enbrighten No-Neutral Z-Wave Dimmer Switch!

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Note: Jasco provided me with a free sample of the product for the purposes of this review.

Smart dimmer switches are great for folks looking to upgrade their lighting controls for hallways, stairwells, or large spaces. However, the Enbrighten Z-Wave No-Neutral Smart Dimmer Switch takes the convenience one step further with no need to run a neutral wire.

Top Features
  • Reduced width to fit tight boxes
  • Includes 2 Paddles
  • Fully dimmable from 0-100%

Once you pair your Enbrighten Switch with a Z-Wave hub, you can look forward to features like programmed settings and voice control via Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa—all without a neutral wire. Then there's the fact that this switch comes equipped with Z-Wave Plus, which offers a greater coverage range and lower power requirements. Finally, this switch also offers SimpleWire technology that can auto-detect line/load terminals and supports daisy-chaining for multi-switch arrangements.

Decision Factors

On/Off & Dimmable

There's not much point in upgrading to a smart switch if all you can with it is turn your lights on and off—that stuff's for the regular buttons. 

Thankfully, that's not a concern with the Enbrighten Smart Switch. Apart from the standard on and off function, you can also use the smart switch to dim your lights by pressing the right side of the paddle button.

Here's how it works—you can press the top-side of the button for a few seconds to increase brightness and press down on the lower side to dim the lights to your needs.

No Neutral Wire Required

Many a buyer has had to forego buying their favorite smart dimmer switches due to the requirement of neutral wiring. But, if your smart dimmer switch of choice is the Enbrighten Z-Wave switch, you don't have to stress because this product can conveniently control most lighting fixtures without a neutral wire.

Oh, and it's also certified to operate at low wattage (as low as 2 W) to ensure your LEDs, CFLs, halogens, or incandescent lights can dim without any difficulties.

QuickFit

One common woe that we often hear from smart switch enthusiasts is that the build of the switch sometimes makes it impossible to fit in old-school switch boxes. However, apparently, somebody at Jasco was paying attention because the Enbrighten Smart Switch comes equipped with the QuickFit technology that reduces the switch's housing depth by a whopping 20%

Add to that the fact that there are no break-off tabs, and you'll realize that this product is ideal for multi-gang scenarios and old-style switch boxes.

SimpleWire

Let's face it; not everyone is a whizz when it comes to wiring and installation. Conversely, some people aren't too comfortable handling the wiring of switches because of the hazards involved. But that's where the Enbrighten Smart Switch's SimpleWire technology can make your life simpler.

Not only can this product auto-detect line/load terminals, but there's also no need for perplexing maneuvers like wrapping wires around terminals. Additionally, the switch also supports daisy-chaining for multi-way installations.

Z-Wave Plus

Z-Wave is a wireless communication tech that relies on low power waves and helps synchronize wiring without physical installation troubles. Any product that features Z-Wave technology offers convenient features like mesh networking, auto status updates, and two-way communication.

The Enbrighten Smart Dimmer switch features Z-Wave Plus, which means you'll get all the advantages of the previous program, with enhanced capabilities that make for a smoother user experience. Some of the added benefits include 250% RF Bandwidth, enhanced battery life, over-the-air firmware updates, and a coverage range of up to 150 m.

Compatible Bulbs & Load

One factor buyers generally need to pay close attention to for smart dimmer switches is compatible bulbs and load. There's little point in installing a smart switch if it's incapable of handling your lighting arrangements.

However, the Smart Dimmer Switch by Enbrighten can control most types of bulbs, including LEDs, CFLs, halogens, and incandescent light bulbs. What's more, the product is certified to function at a minimum wattage of 2 W and a maximum load of 600 W and 300 W for incandescent and LED/CFL light bulbs.

Voice Control, Remote Control & Schedule

The Enbrighten Smart Dimmer Switch also offers users the advantage of features like voice control, remote control, and scheduling. That may not sound like much, but these three traits can go a long way in making your life problem-free. 

For instance, with voice control capabilities, you can use your voice assistants like Amazon Alexa to control your lights without having to move an inch. On the other hand, you can manage your lighting from anywhere thanks to remote control via the app or set up schedules to work around your timetable.

Custom Scenes

It can get a little annoying to manually set your preferred brightness setting over and over, even with a dimmer switch.

But, if the smart dimmer switch you purchase comes along with custom scene-setting capabilities, you can activate your favored light setting with the push of a button. That's where the Enbrighten Dimmer Switch's four adjustable settings come in handy, along with advanced configuration settings for minimum and maximum dim levels.

Single Pole, Three-Way & Four-Way Support

Three-way and four-way switches in a circuit allow users to control any given light fixture from any of those switches. This makes them ideal for large spaces, stairwells, hallways, and even garages. These switches offer buyers comfort and convenience by not having to walk to a singular button to turn the lights on or off.

You'll be happy to learn that the Enbrighten Smart Switch by Jasco works with single-pole installations and can also be used in 3,4 or 5-way wiring configurations.

Interchangeable Paddles

The No-Neutral Z-Wave Switch by Jasco offers rocker-style paddles that'll go with all types of home decor—be it contemporary or traditional. Besides that, the product also provides buyers with the option of choosing between white, light almond, black, brown, and ivory to ensure the switches they buy don't stand out like a sore thumb in their living space. All you need to do is pick the color that matches your decor the most!

Wiring

Suppose you're still a little concerned with the wiring involved in setting up the Enbrighten Dimmer Switch. In that case, you should know that apart from the benefit of the SimpleWire technology, the product also comes equipped with a high-detailed and easy-to-follow instruction manual (complete with wiring diagrams for single and multi-location wiring).

Installation

Any veteran DIY-er will tell you that the installation for switches can get pretty challenging, even with user manuals to refer to. That shouldn't be a problem with the Enbrighten No-Neutral Switch, thanks to the product's SimpleWire and QuickFit technology. You'll also have the benefit of referring to the product's manual and specifications (with wiring diagrams) in case you get stuck. Once the wiring is taken care of, all you need to do is pair the switch with your Z-Wave Plus compatible hub, and you're good to go.

What we liked
  • Features the new and improved Z-Wave Plus technology
  • QuickFit Tech makes for a more streamlined construction and cuts down housing depth by 20%
  • SimpleWire technology can auto-detect line/load terminals for smoother wiring and installation
  • Can be used in 3/4/5-way wiring configurations
  • No neutral wire is required for installation
What we didn't like
  • Wall plate not included
  • Still a little big for very tight switch boxes

Common Questions Relating to Enbrighten Z-Wave Smart Dimmer Switch

How do I reset my Jasco Enbrighten dimmer to factory default settings?

Some users may face issues when trying to connect their Enbrighten Dimmer Switch to their Z-Wave compatible hub. However, you can take care of the problem by returning the switch to factory defaults. Here's how you can go about the process:

  1. Swiftly press the On button 3 times.
  2. Press the Off button 3 times at the same speed.
  3. If you've done everything right, the LED light on the switch will flash 5 times to signal factory default has been set.

The Verdict

Not only is the product one of the very few Z-Wave smart switch options that don't require neutral wiring, but it also comes equipped with a five-year product warranty.

The Enbrigthen No-Neutral Z-Wave Smart Dimmer Switch packs in some heavyweight features at an affordable price so it's well worth a look?

Smart dimmer switches are great for folks looking to upgrade their lighting controls for hallways, stairwells, or large spaces. However, the Enbrighten Z-Wave No-Neutral Smart Dimmer Switch takes the convenience one step further with no need to run a neutral wire.

Top Features
  • Reduced width to fit tight boxes
  • Includes 2 Paddles
  • Fully dimmable from 0-100%
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