Combination Motion Sensor/Light Switch

zigbee
smartlighting
zwave
motion

(Jakeholland) #1

I’ve done a lot of digging around and it seems like there isn’t any device around like this yet. I understand it may be an issue with real-estate in a single-gang box as well. With Z-Wave+ does anybody know of plans for any company to release such a device? Even a two-gang device with capabilities to control 2 loads would be very useful in bathroom applications where many times there is a fan and light switch; add a humidity sensor and you are golden.

I think something like this would be ideal for many situations. I always like having the option of a backup incase of network problems, or motion sensing issues, and while separate devices can work like this, I like the idea of reducing device clutter and minimizing points of failure. I hope somebody has some insight into this!


(Cody Truscott) #2

GE announced one for z-wave (they tend to then release for zigbee and then bluetooth) at CES in January 2016.

Still no sight of it. Soon?


(Jakeholland) #3

I tweeted at them and they said Q4 of this year for release on this product. Was really hoping it would be sooner than that!


(Cody Truscott) #4

Thanks for looking into that! I agree — wish it was sooner.


(Joshua K) #5

I thought I saw another company that was supposed to be releasing a device maybe was levitron That was supposed to accomplish this but I can’t find a any thing either


(Brian Jones) #6

Just bought a Smartthings hub and this is the #1 switch type I want to install in several locations. Anyone know of any lightswitch with motion?


#7

GE has announced one, but it’s not out yet. There aren’t any others on the market yet.

That said, most people don’t need them because with SmartThings you can take a sensor and place it anywhere and have it trigger any of your controlled light switches. This actually gives you a lot more choice in placement than one that is built into the light switch. You can also take multiple sensors and create a zone so that motion on any of the sensors controls the same light. This is particularly helpful for large rooms or L shaped rooms.

If you really want to have a switch with the sensor built into it, you’ll have to wait for the GE one to come to market, which will probably be a few months.

If you’re willing to use a separate sensor and a switch, you have a lot of choices right now.


#8

Like @BJones, I want this type of sensor. I would like to use them as smart occupancy sensors, of course, but in combination with other sensors in the zone. I would also like to use them as zone threshold sensors. Since most of my small room applications usually have an open (contact non-friendly) entryway with immediately accessible light switches, a combo switch+motion would be the optimal solution.

Throw in temp reporting and “Boom!”, I’m set with a single device installation and no batteries to worry about!


#9

You could mount a separate motion sensor on the ceiling in that kind of set up. Just another possibility. :sunglasses::bulb:


#10

Oh yeah, I have separate ones setup now. I’ve installed in creative ways that limit the field of view to be specific to the entryway. :slight_smile:


#11

Any motion sensor/light switch out there yet? Please share if you have any info.


#12

Jasco is releasing one soon under the GE brand. It has a model number, 26931, and has been Z wave certified, but hasn’t yet been released to the market. At CES 2017 in January, Jasco said it should be out in the first half of this year.


#13

I see this item listed by Jasco and a couple of retailers, but as of yet still none available for purchase. Anyone heard anything new on these?


#14

They’ve been available on and off from multiple retailers this summer. I believe you can still buy them from the Jasco site, although shop around as they may be less expensive elsewhere:

http://www.ezzwave.com/z-wave-products/

A number of community members have them. See the following thread:

And I see Amazon has them in stock today. :sunglasses:

Dimmer model

https://www.amazon.com/GE-26933-Motion-Dimmer-Z-Wave/dp/B071Y38FX5

On/off Switch model

https://www.amazon.com/GE-Wireless-Lighting-Occupancy-26931/dp/B07226MG2T/


#15

Thanks for the update. I’m not sure how I missed them searching this morning (I started with Amazon). Appreciate the thorough response!


#16

I would add though that early community reviews on these devices are not good. They appear to have a lot of engineering issues:

You might want to wait six months and see if they work out the kinks.


(Mlebaugh) #17

Agreed, several people have had issues with the switches. However, the dimmers are solid.