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

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)?

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 the KosherSwitch® Classic UL certified?

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

 

How easy is it to install a KosherSwitch® ? How do you program/configure it?

The KosherSwitch® Classic is easy to install, and there’s nothing to program or configure.  There are several wires protruding out of the switch.  Simply attach those wires to the wires that are currently in the wall (some models require an available A/C neutral wire) using the included “wire nuts”.  See here for the installation guide and video.

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

Do we need to change our wiring, anything inside the wall, or our wallplate?

The KosherSwitch® Classic does not require changing any wiring, since it attaches to the existing in-wall wires. (Note that some versions of our switch require an A/C neutral wire in the wallbox.)  It is designed to fit most electrical/junction boxes and wall cutouts.  It fits perfectly within standard decorative wallplates such as the Leviton® Decora® style plates, which are the type of wallplates found in many homes and institutions.  For those locations were the traditional “toogle switch” wallplates are used, only the wallplate would need to be replaced (these are widely available in various configurations and are inexpensive). Note: Wallplates are not included with our products.

Isn’t KosherSwitch® technology similar to timers/Shabbos clocks/motion sensors?

Not at all.  Use of motion sensors are forbidden, since they’re akin to directly triggering an electrical switch, and timers do nothing to prevent Shabbat desecration (“Chilul Shabbos”).  Timers/Shabbos clocks have many issues and limitations.  They require knowing your schedule ahead of time, which is often impossible to do, especially when Shabbat is following a two-day holiday.  Timers require programming, which invariably leads to errors that cause things to go on/off at undesired times.  Also, because of the required programming “buffer” before and after your anticipated usage times, they are very wasteful.  A KosherSwitch® addresses all of these limitations, and many more, allowing you to control your electricity when and where needed, in a way that’s permitted.

Since the KosherSwitch® Classic is a “smart device” isn’t it constantly wasting electricity?

No.  The KosherSwitch® Classic draws less than 1.5W of electricity while it is installed.  That’s about a quarter of the consumption of  most nightlights.  By using a KosherSwitch® Classic, you will actually  be reducing your overall electricity consumption in a significant manner.

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

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.

You claim that KosherSwitch® “pays for itself” in under a year. How is that possible?

The alternatives to KosherSwitch® are all relatively wasteful:  1) Leaving the fixture on for the entire duration of Shabbat and/or Jewish holiday.  Obviously, this is extremely wasteful, since much of the time that the fixture is turned on, it’s not in use (such as overnight).  2) Timers and Shabbos clocks: Since they need to be pre-programmed with the anticipated schedule required, they will always include wasteful “buffer” time before and after the actual use.  So while you’re sleeping in the bedroom, the dining room lights are still illuminating an empty room.  (If an air conditioner is active in that room, it will be double the waste, since the unit will continue to work hard cooling a room that’s vacant!)  KosherSwitch® eliminates this waste by allowing the on-demand control of electricity in a manner that’s permitted.  So electrical devices go off soon after they’re no longer needed.  See the Energy Savings section for further information, including a sample calculation of the electricity savings possible.

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

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

 

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

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.

 

General

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

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

 

Can I buy shares in your company? What’s your ticker symbol?

Our company is privately-held, so our shares are not offered for sale at any of the public stock exchanges.  Please visit our investor qualification section for further details.

Why should I care about deploying KosherSwitch® at my facility, when the majority of my clients/patients are not Jewish?

For the same reason that large corporations — including every major appliance manufacturer and Coca-Cola – cater to that segment of your market population.  Making a small investment makes your institution more attractive to this segment, and that’s good for business!  Read more here.

 

Why do you use the terms Shabbat, Shabbos, Sabbath?

These terms for the Jewish Sabbath are in fact interchangeable, so we use them interchangeably throughout our literature and documentation.  Use of any one of the terms is not meant to suggest a certain level of religious observance.

We are a charitable organization. Would you donate your products for our fundraiser, Chinese auction, raffle, etc.?

Yes, we do provide our products free of charge in certain cases.  Please see our free products page for details.

Are you the same company that makes the ShabboSwitch/Shabbos Switch – the plastic cover for the door sensor on a fridge? Can you please sign me up for the free reminder call every Erev Shabbos?

No, we are not affiliated with that company.  KosherSwitch® is also referred to by various other names, including “Shabbos Switch”, so we own several dozen related domains which point to this website, and among them is www.shabbosswitch.com.

Are you the same company that makes the KosherLamp™ (Kosher Lamp)?

No, we are not affiliated with that company.  You may learn more about that company by visiting www.kosherimage.com.

We are manufacturers/product developers. Is there a way to integrate your technology into our product mix?

Certainly, depending on the types of solutions you require.  Please visit our licensing section and contact us so that we can evaluate a feasible arrangement.

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

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.

 

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KosherSwitch® Classic Wall Switch
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Videos of Interest

Featured Shiur/Lecture

Rabbis & Poskim

HaGaon Rabbi Peretz Steinberg Analyzing the KosherSwitch
HaGaon Rabbi Peretz Steinberg Analyzing the KosherSwitch
HaGaon Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Chaim (Ben-Haim) Analyzing the KosherSwitch
HaGaon Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Chaim (Ben-Haim) Analyzing the KosherSwitch
Rabbi Mordechai Hecht Analyzing the KosherSwitch
Rabbi Mordechai Hecht Analyzing the KosherSwitch
HaGaon Rabbi Dzimitrovski Analyzing the KosherSwitch prototype
HaGaon Rabbi Dzimitrovski Analyzing the KosherSwitch prototype

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