Besides programmable thermostats, a good green product to install in your household is a programmable switch to control your lighting. This will ensure that the lights are on only when you need them. This will also enable you to save money on your utilities.
For this purpose, a good model to consider is the Honeywell Econoswitch RPLS740B with its 7 day Solar Time Table software.
Together with their programmable thermostats, this Honeywell product has been mentioned online to be a good product. So as always, I have compiled an unbiased review for this green product.
Benefits of having a Honeywell Econoswitch RPLS740B
Clear Backlit Display
The Honeywell RPLS740B has a large blue LED screen display that allows for easy viewing for both day and night. It can also function as a nightlight and turns on its highest intensity upon contact with the buttons.
Compact and Simple Design
The RPLS740B has a compact design that can fit in perfectly in any standard decorative wall plate adding a sleek and subtle touch to your environment. A lighting schedule can be easily created via its intuitive three-button interface
Ease of Installation
This Honeywell Econoswitch installs easily with its line, neutral and load wire connection and its mentioned compact design means that it can fit into any wall plate easily with no batteries required.
Intuitive and Customisable Programming Interface
The RPLS740B Solar Time Table program calculates the sunrise and sunset times for each day of the year for you by keying in your home’s latitude and longitude. From this via its three operating modes, automatic, manual or random, you can select the best one for you.
For automatic mode, that will switch on and off the lights like a normal day or you can select the hours for it to do so, the manual mode allows you to operate it like a conventional switch, while the random mode allows the switching on and off of lights within your household simulating an occupied household for added security against break-ins.
Besides the three modes, the 7-Day Solar Time Table program in this switch allows you to create up to seven programs for a week’s schedule, either a unique program for a single day or the entire week.
The Honeywell Econoswitch RPLS740B also has customisable options that can be catered to incandescent, halogen, and fluorescent lighting systems giving you more control over your lighting schedule.
The Honeywell RPLS740B is a green product that helps you to save on your utilities by making that your lights are on only when you need them. Besides your lighting, it can also be used with ceiling fans, bathroom fans, pond pumps, and pool pumps.
The RPLS740B has a manual override function that allows you to switch the light on or off without affecting the programmed schedule. This switch can also automatically adjust for daylight saving time so you don’t have to worry about reprogramming.
The programmable intensity of the backlight for the LED display offers the option to adjust its backlight intensity to suit its function either as a low light intensity nightlight or highest light intensity during the programming process.
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How does Honeywell Econoswitch RPLS740B rank on popular websites?
1576 customers at Amazon gave the Honeywell Econoswitch RPLS740B an average rating of 4.7/5.0 stars. Out of 1576 customers, 1318 gave it 5.0/5.0 stars.
104 customers at Home Depot gave Honeywell Econoswitch RPLS740B an average rating of 4.8/5.0. Out of 104 customers, 88 gave it 5.0/5.0 stars.
Customer Reviews for Honeywell Econoswitch RPLS740B
As in my other reviews, I have summarised recent customer reviews into the pros and cons of having this product.
Some of the mentioned pros include:
Versatility; the ability of the RPLS740B to be utilised with different lighting setups, appliances and electric motors have been mentioned by many customers.
Ease of installation; this product is an easy install for homeowners who has a basic knowledge of electrical work like the colour coding behind the wires, and which side of the circuit is “line” and “load”. As mentioned by a homeowner, make sure you have a neutral (white wire) in the power box of installation or it wont work.
Solar Time Table programming setup; this function in the Honeywell Econoswitch allows the setting of a schedule for all days of the year and even daylight saving hours. This makes it even suitable for holiday lights.
Manual Override Function; allows the flexibility of a manual option if it is preferred,
Battery free memory for all programs and settings; so there is no requirement for battery replacement, in events of power failure due to a capacitor backup inside the Honeywell RPLS740B.
Price; some customers have mentioned that this Honeywell Econoswitch to be a little expensive
Inferior quality of accessories; the mounting screws provided were of a lower quality as they seem to lose their shape during the process of installation.
Insufficient information; it was also mentioned that insufficient information provided in the instruction manual for the programming of lighting schedule.
There is a one (1) year limited warranty for the Honeywell Econoswitch RPLS740B.
Best Deals for Honeywell RPLS740B
During my research on this product, I did a price comparison among websites as well. It was shown that Amazon has the lowest prices for this product. So if you are interested, here is the link for: Honeywell RPLS740B Best Deals
(Published 9th December 2012)
(Last Updated 13th February 2014)