My house was wired with the dreaded wall switches controlling one outlet in the room. On this outlet, I connect a light tower and things work – the wall switch now controls the tower.
I’d like to use SmartThings to control these outlets, but the problem is that every outlet switch I’ve seen falls into two categories:
Outlets that come back in an OFF state once they lose power (most): With these outlets, I can turn the light on at the wall switch and off using a smartthings remote, but then I can never turn it back on using only the wall switch. I’d have to turn both the outlet (using smartthings) and the wall switch on, which is annoying.
Outlets that retain the last state once they lose power (Peanut is an example): In this case, the outlets retain their previous state. It’s a nice addition, but doesn’t help me much: Again, if I turn off the outlet using smartthings, I need to use both the wall switch and smarthings to bring my light back on.
I’m looking for an outlet that comes back in the ON state (or can be configured to do so). With this configuration, I could turn on the wall switch and walk to bed, using the smartthings remote to turn the light off. Next day, I’d just need to flick the wall switch off and back on to get light again (no need for the smartthings remote.)
Is there anything like this? I imagine zwave/zigbee light bulbs could work? I’m supposing here they turn back on once they receive power, regardless of their previous state on smartthings (but I really know nothing about them.)