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Lux TX9600TS thermostat

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Type: Thermostats without remote access
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The Lux TX9600TS is part of the thermostat test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, thermostat models like the TX9600TS are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Ease of use:
Denotes ease of setup and making routine adjustments and changes to setback programs, including overrides.

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Features & Specs - Lux TX9600TS
info Wireless connectivity No
info 7 day programmable Yes
info Graphic display No
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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Too complicated
Programing Too Complicate
Best Uses
Don't buy it. It's much too complicated to program.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Nice, but one fatal flaw
Controlled Heat Well
Fairly easy to program
Good display
No Override Time Control
Best Uses
We bought and installed this best-buy thermostat, and it works well; has a large clear display; and was easy to program with its Copy operation; and has a very good price. But it has one big design flaw: when you override the temperature setting, there is no way to give or change the time that the override runs. If you boost the heat setting by 2 degrees, say, the override will be in effect until the next program change time, whether that's in 15 minutes or 15 hours -- there's no other choice. So to boost the setting by 2 degrees for 90 minutes, say, you have to set a kitchen timer for your 90 minutes, and then return to the t'stat to cancel the override manually. <br /><br />This is a great step backward from the 10-year-old Honeywell RTH8000 that we are replacing. When you override the setting on that unit, it immediately presents a clock time setting for how long to override before reverting to the program. You set the time for it to run right then, and forget it.<br /><br />The lack of this common-sense feature in the Lux unit is, to me, a great inconvenience. To my wife, it is a deal-breaker. So we will be discarding the Lux unit and replacing it, probably with the Honeywell RTH8500D. The Honeywell units seem to be the only ones that get this commonly-used feature right. A great shame.<br /><br />I would recommend this to a friend, but only with the caveat that they must be willing to live with the flawed override function.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Features good, loud hum bad
Backlight Hums
Best Uses
I purchased one of these and found out after installing that the unit had a high pitched hum when the backlight was on. I returned the unit for another and the second unit also had a humming noise, although it was slightly higher pitched and softer. I ended up returning it and getting a Honeywell.<br /><br />I had the unit installed for a couple weeks and it met my needs, except for the humming. It is possible some people might not notice it, or even be able to hear it, but for me it was a great annoyance. If you feel like going through the hassle, I'd recommend this if you can find a unit that doesn't hum. However, be prepared to return the unit if it bothers you too.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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