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Does anyone know of any smart light switches that allow you to keep your existing faceplate and work with Alexa?

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It's a bit of a tough one. The short answer in my travels is no, because what I have found is only for US style light fittings/switches.

My work around is using Z-wave. So I have installed Z-wave relays in series behind the traditional switches. I integrate my Vera Edge (Z-wave controller) with Alexa, and then the switch can be used as normal, and/or Alexa control.

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the simple answer is "yes but" as Marc pointed out most of them are US/EU type and I'm not sure the diameters of your original back plate (installation hole) so you might check for yourself but below could work, several screw holes for different type of installations (should fit Au type) 

Unfortunately I couldn't find any multi light switch so below is limited only to 1 light switch  

 

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/WiFi-Wireless-Remote-Control-Home-Smart-Wall-Light-Touch-Panel-Switch-US-Plug-for-For-Alexa/32891567218.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.87.2056442edFaz1v&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_2_10152_10151_10065_10344_10068_10342_10343_10340_10341_10696_5013115_10084_10083_10618_10304_10307_10820_10821_10302_10059_5013415_100031_5013215_10103_5013315_10624_10623_10622_10621_10620,searchweb201603_13,ppcSwitch_7&algo_expid=6e2db95a-7856-48b8-9740-5b6178625643-12&algo_pvid=6e2db95a-7856-48b8-9740-5b6178625643&transAbTest=ae803_2&priceBeautifyAB=0

 

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/US-WiFi-Smart-Wall-Light-Switch-Dimmer-Mobile-APP-Remote-Control-No-Hub-Required-Works-with/32889511628.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.25.2056442edFaz1v&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_2_10152_10151_10065_10344_10068_10342_10343_10340_10341_10696_5013115_10084_10083_10618_10304_10307_10820_10821_10302_10059_5013415_100031_5013215_10103_5013315_10624_10623_10622_10621_10620,searchweb201603_13,ppcSwitch_7&algo_expid=6e2db95a-7856-48b8-9740-5b6178625643-3&algo_pvid=6e2db95a-7856-48b8-9740-5b6178625643&transAbTest=ae803_2&priceBeautifyAB=0

 

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Smart-WIFI-LED-Light-Switch-APP-Remote-Control-Works-for-Alexa-Google-Home/32888923720.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.193.2056442edFaz1v&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_2_10152_10151_10065_10344_10068_10342_10343_10340_10341_10696_5013115_10084_10083_10618_10304_10307_10820_10821_10302_10059_5013415_100031_5013215_10103_5013315_10624_10623_10622_10621_10620,searchweb201603_13,ppcSwitch_7&algo_expid=6e2db95a-7856-48b8-9740-5b6178625643-28&algo_pvid=6e2db95a-7856-48b8-9740-5b6178625643&transAbTest=ae803_2&priceBeautifyAB=0

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Just be aware of Australian certification for main connected devices. None of the above are compliant.

Australian sold Fibaro relays (assuming they're source from legitimate sellers) are AU compliant.

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sure, similar switches (for higher prices of course) could be found on AU Amazon such as below, can't comment if they are compliant but they advertising it as compliant, second option are wifi relays connected with standard switches...

 

https://www.amazon.com.au/s?marketplaceID=A39IBJ37TRP1C6&me=A3EELH7JT2MCU9&merchant=A3EELH7JT2MCU9&redirect=true

https://www.amazon.com.au/GE-Wireless-Compatible-Monitoring-45856GE/dp/B019HTH2A0/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1534511938&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=GE+ZigBee

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I went through a couple of brands that were not perfect, before settling on Fibaro for all mine.

They have been flawless and 100% reliable.

https://www.capitalsmarthomes.com.au/collections/z-wave-lighting-power-2/products/fibaro-zwave-single-switch-inwall

 

Not sure if you know much about Z-Wave, but you will need a controller too.

I use this one which has also been reliable: https://www.capitalsmarthomes.com.au/collections/z-wave/products/copy-of-vera-edge-home-controller

 

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Good to know, thanks. I’ll see if that brand has one with dimmer capability. 

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It does :)

 

I use the dimmer version for my outdoor porch lights, ramping up in brightness from dusk (automatically according to sunset times) and reducing brightness from midnight until sunrise.

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