The Aqara Smart Wall Switch is one of the newest additions to the Aqara Smart Home lineup. It is one of the easiest and best ways of making your lights and ceiling fixtures smart.
I’ve mentioned numerous times that I think smart switches are the better option over smart light bulbs most of the time.
What makes the Aqara Smart Wall Switch special is that it works with all three major ecosystems (Alexa, Google Home, HomeKit), and it is available with both a neutral and non-neutral wire options.
Aqara Smart Wall Switch Description
The Aqara Smart Wall Switch comes in four different variants in fact. You can get it with or without a neutral wire, and as a single or double rocker style.
Meaning you could replace two regular switches with a single smart switch, saving space on the wall.
I personally purchased the neutral single switch version, as I knew I had neutral wires in the box where it was going to be placed.
Note that these devices are switches only, and not dimmers. So if you wanted to replace existing dimmers or wanted this to be way to dim your lights remotely, then this isn’t the product for you (check out the GE Smart Dimmer Review).
Additionally, the Aqara Smart Wall Switch is only a single pole design, meaning that it can only be used with a light / fixture that is controlled from a single location.
For example if you have a hallway that has a light switch at either end that both control the same lights, this cannot replace either of those.
For many applications this is perfectly fine, as you may not have the necessity of those extra features.
In the Aqara Smart Wall Switch box you will receive all of the necessary equipment.
It comes with the Smart Switch itself, of course, alongside a faceplate, screw caps, and some screws to secure it in the wall if you didn’t want to reuse the existing ones.
The faceplate has two parts to it, the inner face that screws into the wall, and the outer cosmetic face that hides the screws and matches the smooth finish of the smart switch.
Of course if you are placing the smart switch into a multi-gang switch box, then you’ll just have to make do with the existing faceplate.
Thankfully the folks at Aqara have designed the switch dimensions to the standard of all other rocker style switches so there won’t be any issues with compatibility or fitment.
The style of the Aqara Smart Wall Switch is one of my favorites due to its minimalist design. There are many smart switches on the market that have taken some creative liberties with their designs, which have resulted in unique looking wall switches.
LIke many of the other minimalist smart switches, the Aqara Switch will blend right in if you choose to only place it in certain locations.
The flat surface doesn’t have a noticeable rocker design indicating a top and bottom button, but it does indeed have separate buttons which provide a satisfactory click when pressed.
The bottom of the switch also has a small blue LED as an indicator light to show its current state.
Aqara Smart Wall Switch Installation and Setup
The back of the switch has all of the wiring hanging out of it, which is my only real “complaint”. The alternative option is to have “ports” where you connect your existing wires rather than splice them together.
The reason I prefer this is because smart switches tend to be bulkier than regular light switches, which means that it can be a little cramped in the wall box when you try and put everything back into place, especially in multi-gang boxes.
As far as installation goes, it was pretty straightforward, especially once you’ve done several of these.
Disclaimer: I’m not an electrician and do not take responsibility if something goes wrong with your install.
The back of the Aqara Smart Wall Switch has a Live, Load, Neutral, and Ground wire hanging out. Each of these are to be connected with their matching existing wire, and the ground connected a ground terminal.
Once everything is connected securely you can turn your circuit breaker back on and the switch should be working just fine.
At this point the only thing left to do is connect the switch to your smart home.
In the Aqara app, you simply select the smart switch, and hold down the top button on the smart switch for 8 seconds until the indicator light starts to blink.
At this point the Aqara Hub will yell out that the device is connected and you are good to go.
The Aqara Smart Wall Switch has been very responsive and reliable the past several days that I have owned it, which is to be expected for a brand new device.
Aqara Smart Wall Switch Performance
The real reason I purchased this device was for a specific automation.
The Aqara Smart Wall Switch was placed in my master bathroom, and the switch controls my ceiling light / fan fixture, you can probably see where I’m going with this.
I also purchased a temperature and humidity sensor for Aqara and placed it in the bathroom.
Then I set up an automation that would essentially have the switch (fan / light) on as long as the humidity was above a certain percentage.
So far this has worked well, I set everything up in the Eve app as it has the best automation control for HomeKit devices in my opinion.
All of this brings us to the Golden Question.
Should you buy this?
The price for the various Aqara Smart Wall Switches on Amazon is as follows:
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This is about on par with other smart switches, however they are also compatible with all three ecosystems, which is a big deal, especially HomeKit.
Between the fair price, great aesthetic design, and ecosystem compatibility, I would happily recommend the Aqara Smart Wall Switch be part of anyone’s Smart Home.