My wife has an aquarium, positioned right outside our bedroom door. Every morning, I turn on the light and every night turn it off. I got this idea to get a smart plug to set a schedule to do this automatically.
I installed the plug today and everything went great with that. Plugged in the aquarium light, tapped “Off” on the app and of course light went off. Tapped “On” and… nothing.
Turns out the little control box going to the aquarium that has the power button, as well as ones for the brightness and color, reverts back to off if the power is interrupted. So the joke was on me, as you have to hit the power button on the little box anyway to turn it back on.
I still have it set to turn off at night, but will have to continue to do it manually in the morning. Half a win, I guess.
And so there’s no misunderstanding: my post was just a notice for others who might not think about this before buying a plug. It wasn’t a complaint about the plug, itself. It works great, if I had something to plug into it that would cooperate!
I ordered this yesterday, should be delivered on Thursday. It looks much the same as the one we have, except the power switch is a physical toggle you flip. So hopefully it will work with the smart plug.
ETA: It arrived a day early and it’s installed and works great. Luckily it wasn’t damaged when the Amazon delivery guy threw it onto my porch. I would never have known before I got the Wyze doorbell cam.
Here is the switch that LonnieM is talking about. Amazon has it. I haven’t tried it but I have a lot of reasons to get a few.
SwitchBot Smart Switch Button Pusher - No Wiring, Wireless App or Timer Control, Add SwitchBot Hub Compatible with Alexa, Google Home, HomePod, IFTTT Amazon.com