We’re just had a new addition to our house with 2 fans and 6 lights. Rather than add smart devices, I want to add smart controls. The electrician has said that the fans will be on their own separate switch and all the lights on a single one (so three in total). We’re in Mexico and the electrician isn’t exactly up to speed with smart tech (it’s very new here!), so I’m looking for someone that can advise me on an installation as simple as possible. I’m limited to ordering from Amazon (or someone that will ship to Mexico), ideally if I can get the bits from Amazon.com.mx that would be best.
I’ve read a few posts on here about these and they all seem to talk about wiring issues. I’m not doing the wiring and I don’t really understand it. Basically, what I’m looking for is someone to help me with what wall sockets I need to make it work with SmartThings.
We haven’t bought the fans yet, so I can make sure that they are separate controls for the fan and the light (we don’t actually use the lights in the fans, so I’m not worried about these at all). In a perfect world, I would like a smart dimmable switch that will allow me to control the 6 lights. That way I can have normal recessed GU10 lights and control them via the app as a single unit. For the fans, I’d like to have a switch for each that controls on/off and speed. The fan is likely to have two cords (one for speed and one for light), so I’m happy having the light still controlled by the cord since we won’t use that anyway.
The bit that confuses me is whether I need z-wave or ZigBee. I really don’t want to buy another hub so something that works with SmartThings out of the box is perfect. I’m thinking I need three separate switches (2 fan and one light dimmer), but some say they need a neutral wire and some don’t mention it at all. Some specifically say I need their hub, and others don’t mention it.
I looked on the SmartThings website and it shows loads of different switches. I can see the Honeywell 3-speed fan controller. This says it will control two fans (both are in the same room so this would be ideal). Am I best buying one of these and a Honeywell dimmer for the lights? Is this all I will need? and is ZWave the right one?
Sorry if these are dumb questions.