Best Z-Wave dimmer Wall Switch review

We all have our own lenses. :wink:

As an engineer, I found it to be a particularly superficial review. For one thing, it says all the dimmers can dim to 1%, which they definitely cannot–there is significant variation among the brands in this regard.

They didn’t mention which models required physical traveler wires and which didn’t, which can also be a significant issue.

They didn’t mention which models were zwave plus and which were not, something which can be particularly important with light switches as it allows you to pair them in place more than one hop from the hub.

They didn’t mention which, if any, of the parameters were configurable.

They didn’t mention which support direct association.

And they didn’t mention which have green LEDs and which have blue ones.

Not everyone cares about all of these issues, but quite a few people care about some, and to not even mention them makes device selection chancy.

And of course now there are new Z wave plus models out for both GE and Leviton, so the up-to-dateness does become an issue pretty quickly.

Different devices will work for different people precisely because they do have different feature sets. So it’s good to know what those are. And given that most of them are listed in the official conformance statement for each of the certified Z wave devices, there really isn’t any excuse for not looking them up before writing this kind of article.

I never have any problem with naïve questions. We’ve all been at that stage at some point, and people should be encouraged to ask so they can get the information that they need to make a decision.

I do have a problem with naïve answers presented as authoritative. Those are misleading and can lead other people astray.

One reason I like a wiki is so that other people can come in and fix any missing or inaccurate information.

Speaking of which: if anybody wants to copy the device class features topic to the SmartThings wiki, that would help keep that up-to-date. The wiki is great, but the editing features don’t work that well for voice. The light switch discussion starts around post 40 in this thread.

Anyway, I’m in a lot of pain this morning, so I’m sure I’m being unnecessarily grouchy. I think the blog article was a decent first effort in the “what I found out” category. It just shouldn’t be taken as authoritative.