I’ve just moved into a new house, and the light switches everywhere are Lutron Caseta switches which are now integrated into my SmartThings hub. My problem area is the living room ceiling fan & light, which are currently connected to a Caseta dimmer originally in a 4-way wiring scheme (now with a single Caseta switch and 3 Picos). The light and fan only have a single connection wired to the switches, not separate load wires for each. As things stand right now, that means the fan has to be permanently turned off via the pull cord to avoid dimmer/fan damage.
I want to:
(a) be able to use the ceiling fan at multiple speeds
(b) be able to integrate the fan into ST
© allow guests to use intuitive switches for everything that is functional (ie, a light cannot be controlled app-only)
(d) being able to use the light is NOT a must-have
(e) be able to use the light in the fan, preferably dimmable, independent from the fan
(f) work with the Caseta infrastructure so that I can continue to have Picos on the wall that people can use to turn on/off the light and possibly the fan
If I give up on the nice-to-haves, this should be easy. I’d replace the dimmer with a fan controller switch and take the bulb out of the light fixture. Done. I’m just wondering if I can do better?
I know there are tiny Zwave switch modules that you can embed places, and maybe if there are both dimmer and fan-control versions I could put one of each into the ceiling fan and use that to separate the control of fan vs light. There don’t seem to be Caseta connected ones, though, and I don’t know how to make the Caseta Picos control something that isn’t Caseta.
Any tips on what I should be looking for?
Thanks in advance!