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> I think they can be useful in the right setup but I’ve never lived somewhere with one and didn’t loath its placement.
For sure, I feel ya. I actually have a switched outlet in our bedroom, but I just capped it off in the wall box in favor of the Caseta lamp control box that comes with a wireless remote that fits into the switchplate: [link]
Then you get full dimming control and a 'favorite brightness' button instead of just on/off through the outlet. If you get the kit with the Caseta Hub, you'll be able to control them from your phones/google home/alexa/etc. but even without the hub, you can directly pair more wireless remotes to the dimmer module so you could have one on the wall by the door like a real switch, and another on your bedside table too.
Lutron Caseta with Pico remote is what you’re looking for.
Lutron Caseta Smart Home Plug-in Lamp Dimmer Switch and Pico Remote Kit, Works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and The Google Assistant | P-PKG1P-WH | White [link]
I might be missing your point, but you can just use one/two/three of the following to control your lamps in that room. With a single Pico remote, one can control a single device, a group, or a scene.
Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Lamp Dimmer and Remote Kit, P-PKG1P-WH, White, Works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and the Google Assistant
Lutron also sells a plug-in lamp dimmer. I have one and it's great (and yes, it has a Pico):
(If you want HomeKit control, you would also need to buy a Lutron Caseta smart bridge if you do not already have one.)
The easiest thing to do would be to get a Lutron lamp dimmer: [link]
It has slots for 2 outlets and comes with a remote. You may need to run an extension cord, depending on how far the other lamp is from the outlet.
You don't need the pro hub anymore, it works with the regular hub. I don't think the pico remote is individually programmable with HA yet but you could use this lamp dimmer if you just want to turn it on and off.
I was going to get a few Lutron plug in switches but I found the bluetooth auto-off fairly reliable. Now that latest steamvr beta allows the entire system to be turned on from the wands and headset, I think that's actually superior to a third party switch setup.
Another idea is to never touch that switch again. leave it turned on and then at the receptacle put a few smart
outlets in or a smart power strip with multiple switched outlets you could then put a remote control keypad wherever you want in the kitchen to turn on any one of those receptacles up there.
They don't have to be smart wifi types, they could just be those cheap battery-operated remote control receptacles.
Do you have a Amazon echo or a Google Assistant device nearby? you could control all of them by voice then as well as with remote buttons?
Look at Lutron Pico with Caseta switched blocks.
You could mount the battery operated pico in this wallplate after you removed the original switch and "hardwired on" the wires to that receptacle.
You can add more Pico remotes to this so you can turn the lights on from different doorways.
I use Lutron's Caseta system with Lutron smart plugs linked to Alexa via the Lutron wifi hub. Then I use Lutron's Pico remote in a tabletop pedestal and remove the pull chain.
Caseta smart plug
Caseta Bridge (link to Amazon or Google)
Pico tabletop pedestal
Pico wall mounting kit (great for 3-way wall switches locations)
What is good about all Lutron approach is that if your home network dies the remotes still operate your smart plugs and smart switches. The proprietary wireless is very strong and low power which allows long battery life in the remotes.
It’s against code to dim an outlet. You’ll have to use one of these instead: [link]
The Lutron Caseta plug-in dimmer might be a good choice. Amazon Link.
Lutron has one: [link] . You need to buy the hub as well.
You can also try the iDevices socket as well: [link]
$100 for Pico switches on 2 walls and Lutron plugin dimmers for 4 lamps. NO HUB NEEDED.
I put the wrong link.
Lutron Caseta Smart Home Plug-in Lamp Dimmer Switch and Pico Remote Kit | P-PKG1P-WH | White [link]
the Lutron Caseta lamp dimmer doesn't click.
Lutron makes one: [link]
The thing with the floor lamp torchieres is that they're tall enough not to bother you with glare. If you start at nightstand level, you're going to hate it whenever you stand up. That, or it'll be so tall that it would be dangerously unstable. Have you considered putting a torchiere in a different outlet in the bedroom, not necessarily near the bed? You could control it with a remote, even. I like the one made by Lutron. Here it is on Amazon:
I can vouch for this. I'm using one on my own nightstand lamps. It pretty great when my spouse falls asleep with her lamp on and vice-versa =)
Specifically this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JJY1QG0/ (not a referrer link)
Lutron pico remote with wall mount paired to lamp module(s) might work? Like these, with the remote flush-mounted on the wall.
LPT: if you get a lutron plug in lamp controller, it acts as a range extender. One one can be used as a range extender and it’s the first one you set up.
The Lutron Caseta Lamp Dimmer: [link]
You need the Lutron hub to connect it to Homekit
What you can do is use plug-in smart outlets and control them with a wireless remote like. Look for Lutron caseta and pico package . You can just pair the two or if you want to get fancy later, use the hub and have a whole home system. This is a dimmer but can be converted to a switch too but it's 300 watt max. If you need more, you can get the Radio Ra2 appliance module but that will only work in a standalone pairing (no hub)...unless you spend a few thousand bucks to get Radio Ra2.
Anyway, your current setup won't work.
You're attempting to connect those 4 outlets in series! To illustrate how so very wrong that is, that means that you need to have something plugged in each outlet at all times to complete the circuit and based on the resistance of each device, you'll get a different voltage at each outlet. If you have the same sized load in each one, each outlet would be 30 volts! Yeah don't do that.
Alternatively the Lutron Caseta lamp dimmer comes with a remote you can mount on the wall with a trim that looks just like a regular boxed switch (other than the fact that it's a remote). If you are just using the remote with the dimmer plug-in then there's no hub required. The switch has batteries, but there's no solution for this period without batteries unless you give up the voice control restriction.
Wall mount: [link]
The hue kit is cheaper though. I'm using both systems in my house.
You can get what you want either with a remote-control dimmer or a set of smart bulbs.
Caseta Lamp Dimmer: Plug the dimmer into the wall, your extension cord into the dimmer, and use the included remote control. Total cost about $60.
Ikea Tradfri Bulbs: Buy the kit with one smart bulb and a dimmer control, then add five add-on bulbs. Total about $70.
There are other ways you could approach this, but these two look like they would fit your needs.
In a word, no
But you have options -
The button or knob on most lamps is physically breaking the circuit, there is just no way around that. You may be best suited disassembling the lamp and bypassing the switch.
There is a few 'good' solutions. You only mention 'smart' as the type of light bulb. Without knowing what protocols you can communicate with it's going to be hard to make solid recommendations.
I would suggest a Lutron Caseta Plug-In wall dimmer w/ Lutron Pico remote, and a Lutron Pico Tabletop Pedestal.
This will let you have a control right there on the counter space with the lamp. The pedestal is weighted has a quality feel to it. This of course comes down to you having Lutron Clear-Connect support. Caseta is currently supported natively through Lutron's Smart Bridge, Wink Hub, and the EOL Staples Connect Hub. Some automation systems also tie into Lutron Caseta, but they do so through the 'Pro' version of the Smart Bridge
EDIT: For clarification, the Pico remote can be paired directly to a Caseta Dimmer/Switch/Lamp Module and require no additional hardware. You would need a controller of some sort to tie it into automation/remote control
If you're willing to have a receiver somewhere right these are a great choice. The remotes can replace the wall switch.
These work good. The remotes have mounting kits do they can go on the wall and you can put a cover on them so they just look like a nice dimmer switch.
You may also want to try the lutron dimmer plug you could set different light levels different periods of the day: 11pm-7am 40%; 7am-10:59 100% etc. you can set two homekit automations for when motion detected and when not detected (turn off) for each time period. I’ve found the hue motion sensor to be very responsive in this scenario, make sure firmware is updated.
[link] (needs hub and it’s worth it)