Bulbs, switches and sensors, oh my....what to buy (device class features FAQ)

Detailed discussion of leak sensors:

Detailed discussion of pocket socket options for the UK:

More about Smart Bulbs.

Looks to be that the GE is the most common brand for switches… Ge Smart switch with dimmer and wanted to know the following:

I would like to install this in a light that is controlled by 2 switches (different locations) and wanted to know if I have to install 2 of these or just one (leaving a dummy one) so I can make it work with z wave?

See the following (this is clickable link)

And then you can ask any follow on wiring questions in the following thread:

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Discussion thread comparing Amazon echo with google home:

Just an update on zwave motion sensors. @krlaframboise has recently done an extensive review of six different models including features like detection zone range. This doesn’t include any zigbee sensors, but it’s well worth the read. :sunglasses:



Besides the Dome bullet point that sounds like I wrote when I was drunk, there’s a correction that should be made to that Blog post.

The chart at the bottom shows 1-255 Minutes for the motion re-trigger wait time of the Zooz Z-Wave Plus Motion/Humidity/Temp/ Light Sensor, but that’s no longer correct.

Firmware version 17.9 was released a couple of weeks ago and it changes the motion re-trigger wait time to 15-60 Seconds.


We’ll edit it! :wink:

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A 2018 thread discussing various thermostat options, mostly by referral to previous forum threads:

And a thread discussing the various brands and models of water valve shut off devices:

A thread discussing some options for acoustic sensors:

Several questions recently about a multi button scene controller that will fit in a single gang spot. I think these are going to be even more popular now that smartthings has added the scenes feature. So here’s a discussion thread for those:



The following thread discusses security keypad options, including the iris keypad and the zipato keypad.

The Iris keypad is zigbee, and has multiple features including a beep and an indicator LED which can be set to show you if the ST security features are armed.


The Zipato keypad is available on both the US and UK zwave frequencies. It has fewer features than the iris device, but it does also work with a Keyfob that you just touch to the device, so some people prefer it for that reason.


For more details on either, see the thread linked to above.

Discussion of outdoor-rated smart bulbs. Although most people use a smart switch with dumb bulbs for outdoor lighting, some people are looking for an outdoor bulb to act as a repeater for devices in an outbuilding, or may want color changing or zone capability. :sunglasses::bulb:

2018 thread discussing options for smart blinds:

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Electric Radiator control options for the US:

Are the thermostats for these electric radiators integrated into them? Do you have a link to the product you have?

When A link is provided to a discussion thread about a particular device class, please ask any follow-up questions in that discussion thread. I can’t help you as I don’t have those devices myself. I was just giving the link to the thread where they are discussed.

Smart thermostats for electric radiators

I’m still looking through many forum topics but it’s hard to find this which I’m sure many people have:

I’m looking for a 1 gang size smart wifi multi- light switch that is stable or easy to integrate with SmartThings.
The light switch must be a normal one that uses Line, Load, Neutral (not the battery buttons)
It cannot be ewelink (which I see hundreds in Amazon) because they keep turning off by themselves on electrical noise and their IFTTT service is not very stable (applets fail all the time) so integration with ST is not good because that’s the only way.

Smart Life switches might not be so bad. My smart life plugs work good with IFTTT (much better than ewelink) but not sure if they are reliable since they look identical to the ewelink versions.

2 or 3 buttons/touch panel would be perfect and if it’s possible to bypass using IFTTT and have direct integration with a DTH, that would be the best. Must fit in a 1-gang box and yes I have the neutral.

I have searched over Amazon and only found ewelink and smart life switches like this (requires IFTTT for SmartThings). Anybody have better suggestions?