Does this switch have very low resistance contacts compared to a standard 120 volt switch? If the contacts are not plated with a noble metal or special in some other way, the switch will not be any better than the standard 120 volt switch. Please explain to me why I should purchase it for fireplace control.
You can most certainly use a standard light switch with low volt wiring to the valve in lieu of this switch which is just a remote option provided on our site.
What is the difference between this switch and a line voltage light switch?
This light switch is specifically designed to control a gas log set that utilizes a millivolt pilot control.
This pilot system has a small flame that generates power for the unit's gas valve to operate. As a result, they do not require outside power to operate and can be used in the event of a power outage.
This is a regular voltage switch that you can buy at a hardware store for cheaper. efireplace told me that you are really buying the low voltage wire. I don't think it's worth that price.
By Chris fromPortland, ORonJanuary 25, 2013
Too much voltage drop.
This is nothing more than a 120v AC wall switch and copper wire you could pick up from any hardware store. I'm still getting too much voltage drop across the switch and the intermittent control of the gas valve with this new switch. Was expecting a millivolt switch with low resistance contacts and gold or copper plated terminals.