Is KosherSwitch now available for purchase? Can I now buy a KosherSwitch? Have you launched?

Sep 18, 2015   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

Yes we’ve launched!  KosherSwitch® is now available online (BUY NOW) and at select retailers, resellers, and installers!

 

Is KosherSwitch® technology similar to the Zman Switch? (ZmanSwitch)?

Jul 17, 2014   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

No, KosherSwitch® is quite different!  The product marketed as “Zman Switch“ is simply a timer/Shabbos clock that is pre-programmed with Halachic times/zmanim for Shabbat and holidays.   Unlike the KosherSwitch®, it cannot be used for on-demand control of electricity on Shabbat/holidays — when and where it’s needed.  Like a traditional timer, it must be pre-configured with on/off times based on an anticipated and predetermined schedule that cannot be changed during Shabbat or holidays.  KosherSwitch® also yields significant energy savings, which the ZmanSwitch does not.  For more details on the advantages that KosherSwitch® yields, please see here and here.

 

Is KosherSwitch® technology similar to the Shabbos Smart Switch? (ShabbosSmartSwitch)?

Sep 21, 2012   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

Not at all.  The product marketed as “Shabbos Smart Switch” is simply a timer/Shabbos clock that installs over an existing toggle light switch.  It must be programmed before Shabbat, and cannot be used to prevent Chilul Shabbos or to interactively control electricity on Shabbat/holidays.

Is the KosherSwitch® Classic UL certified?

Sep 7, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

Yes.  Our production units are UL® Listed / UL Certified with a cULus safety certification covering the USA and Canadian standards.  See here for details.

 

Is KosherSwitch® considered to be the KosherLamp™ (Kosher Lamp) killer?

Sep 4, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

No, we believe that they complement each other.  While KosherSwitch® is superior to the KosherLamp™ because of its many benefits, the KosherLamp™ has certain advantages in the specific area that it’s marketed: a reading light.  Its variable shade offers “dimming” capabilities that we don’t plan to include in the KosherSwitch® Classic.  Additionally, since it’s always on, there’s no delay when turning the lights on or off.  We think that the KosherLamp™ is a great product within its limited context, and believe that our products will co-exist with it.

 

Does the The KosherSwitch® Classic require anything else installed, like a computer or a base unit?

Sep 2, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

No.  The KosherSwitch® Classic is a self-contained unit that does not require any external devices such as base units, computers, timers, etc.  When we mention the device’s “computer” or a “micro-controller”, we’re actually referring to a tiny computer that’s included inside the switch’s enclosure.

How long does it take for the fixture attached to a KosherSwitch® Classic to turn on/off?

Aug 25, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

In Normal Mode, it’s instant.  In KosherSwitch® Sabbath Mode, there’s no way to predict how long it will take, since the device must go through one or more cycles, each with a possibility that it will fail to function as intended.  Typically, it will take “dozens of seconds” but sometimes, randomly,  it can take more than a minute or two.

Can the KosherSwitch® Classic coexist with other types of switches in the same electrical box/wall plate?

Jul 21, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

Yes.  If you need to mix a KosherSwitch® with the more traditional toggle switches, multi-gang wall plates will allow you to mix and match devices in most configurations.

 

Since the on/off button is mechanical and not attached to anything electrical, won’t it break easily? Since the Status Light indicator is constantly in use, won’t it burn out? Won’t the door break off?

Jul 21, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

No.  Our switch is designed to ensure tens of thousands of actuations.  The Status Light is rated for millions of operations.  Nevertheless, our products are backed by our support and a warranty.

Is KosherSwitch® technology similar to the KosherLamp™ (Kosher Lamp)?

Jul 21, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

Not at all.  A KosherLamp™ is simply a light bulb that’s constantly on and situated inside of a cylinder with an aperture that acts as a variable shade.  Since it’s fully enclosed, the lamp must be of very low intensity in order avoid the risk of fire, so its uses are very limited (and it’s marketed as a reading light). In direct contrast with KosherSwitch®, it can’t control any other light fixture and is wasteful since the bulb remains on for the entire duration of Shabbat and Jewish holidays.

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HaGaon Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth (Shemiras Shabbos Kehilchasa) Analyzing the KosherSwitch prototype
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HaGaon Rabbi Peretz Steinberg Analyzing the KosherSwitch
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