I feel like I have no other option but to do this. I just want real looking switch to control my smart bulbs! With all the companies pumping out HA product and not a single one of them willing to give us a smart switch/remote that looks “normal” and fits in standard decora wall plate. Lutron did for a hot minute with their Connected Bulb Remote but it’s now discontinued.
Whoops. I looked for one but apparently not well enough. I’ll go check that out.
Indeed. I am glad there are experts here like you guys @JDRoberts and @tgauchat who help to keep us automation-loving schmucks inline or at the very least aware of electrical code and possible dangers. I am still determined to proceed but I will do so cautiously/sparingly.
I have a bunch of ole dimmer switches sitting around. I will remove the guts from it leaving a UL certified box. then I can put the device in the dimmer box with a Decora paddle switch on top. This way the push-button is isolated from the Line Voltage.
Well I am still wanting a rocker switch to control the smart button functionality. Perhaps I can use a standard rocker switch with the dimmer housing so as to gain extra space to contain the smart button circuit board/battery.
I have been looking for a solution to this for some time now as well.
Recently found out about SwitchBot. Did the job pretty well for me. Works with all kinds of switches and no set up required. Works with Smartphone, Alexa and Google Home.
We use both switchbots and the better engineered Naran Push microbots at our house, but while they definitely have their uses (I have very limited use of my hands) they get pretty expensive if you’re just using them for a light switch. $29 for each switchbot plus you have to get their Cloudbridge if you want to have integration with SmartThings (via IFTTT). So that’s not really the same audience as this thread was intended for.
Instead, you can look at the two options already discussed in this thread: a battery operated button or A Sonoff relay and spend much less.
Buttons are listed in the following thread (this is a clickable link)
And of course the new 2018 smartthings button only costs $15.
For information on Sonoff, which requires some technical work, just search the forum.
And if you’re not concerned about the price as much as you are finding a solution for a switchbox that doesn’t have a neutral, see the new FAQ on that:
So again, I like the switchbot for some purposes, but I use it more for pushing buttons on things like a blender or a DVD player.