Hello Guys and Gals,
So I building my new home and I have reached to stage where the electrician is asking me what my requirements are. I also had some consultations with companies that are “experts” in building smart homes, and I found out the hard way that Greece and its so called “experts” are clueless to what the rest of the civilized world calls a “smart home.” Most of the products that I own an others that I am planning to buy not not available in Greece (Important note: Greece runs on 220V) and even the “experts” haven’t even heard of them!
So it is up to me now to basically educate myself and order everything that I need and install it myself with the help of my electrician, (who is also clueless but at least he straight up told me that he does not know about these things instead of calling himself an expert).
So, step 1, I am here asking the community for their advice and to help me by sharing their experiences and their mistakes. Even though I do have some basic knowledge with smartthings and I have a few smart devices currently running, I definitely need to educate myself some more. If anybody can recommend any videos, articles, webpages were I can learn about the basics and even advanced aspects of building a smart home, I would greatly appreciate it.
Step 2, let me try to explain what I would like to do in my new house. Lets start by letting you know what I currently own and what I plan to buy:
Things I already have:
Netgear Arlo Pro:
2 Samsung Smartthings
3 Voice Control
smart thermostat (I forget the make/model but it is a zwave)
5 Wemo smart plugs
Things I want to buy:
Ring Floodlight Cam: https://ring.com/floodlightcam
Garage door opener (undecided)
Smart locks ? (undecided)
Lights for the house in general:
All lights to be dimable LED lights controllable by in-wall, wired z-wave Smart light switches. I will also have a few LED tape lights around the house. Correct me if I am wrong but the most economical solution for white lights is to make the switch/dimmer to be smart and just purchase classic dimmable LED light bulbs instead of buying something like 30 philips hue light bulbs for the whole house? I will have some limited colored hue bulbs and strips, but I read another article how I can make my own RGB strips compatible with the philips hue hub so i can save lots of money.
Currently we live in a smaller apartment that we rent and I have set up my arlo (as motion sensors and cameras, ST, Wemo plugs, and our 2 android phones as presence sensors. I have set up a few things having lights switch on when we come back home at night and others to trigger with motion sensors, but that’s about it.
So this is basically where I am now. Finding products that are compatible with ST and are also 220V is a challenge at the moment. I am open to all ideas and advice to help me succeed in this project!
Thank you all!