First of all, I love that kitchen layout!
So the switches I recommended also do this. I think you are confusing smart switches with smart bulbs. Smart bulbs need to have the switches stay on. These are smart switches that control the lights and then they ALSO have inputs to sense your existing switches so they can also control the lights locally. You get both Z-wave control and local switch control using your existing switches. I use both in my house.
But use those in the future for where you have two switches together and a neutral because we want to do something different for your use here. We are going to use the single not dual relay version. See below[quote=“jt114881, post:5, topic:50935”]
I am not sure where I can pull neutral from as this is a kitchen island and there is no other outlet or switch on the same circuit. Would this be difficult to do?
Yes it very difficult on the island but the good news is you don’t need to. Leave your switches as is in the island because you have no neutrals. Instead use the EnerWave ZWN-RSM1S or Monoprice In-Wall On/Off Module and you are going to mount them in the ceiling light fixture box that has the incoming power with neutral. One of your three pendants will have the incoming power and neutral that comes directly from your breaker and that is where you mount the device to control all three hanging lights. The existing wall switch will be rewired to the z-wave device to give you the local control light I mentioned above.
You do this for the recessed light as well. Mount the Z-wave device up in the ceiling fixture box and wire the existing switch to the switch input wires and you have your local switch and Z-wave control working together.
By the way you might consider the option for just a few dollars more to go ahead and get the Aeon Labs DSC27103-ZWUS dimmer versions of these switches as an upgrade so you have the options of converting both of these circuits to dimmers. The difference on using the dimmer device is the local switch is only On-Off to the last dimmed setting. Dimming levels are set from Z-wave.
Or one step up from that is the fancy dandy one that dims and monitors the energy use on the switch as well Aeon Labs AEDSC19103ZWUS I use this model in my ceiling fan lights because I can tell if a bulb is out but more importantly it tells me for sure if my lights are on since ST isn’t always accurate on its status feedback.
Of course your LED lights bulbs need to be dimmable because not all are. AND you still get to save lots of money not using the VRCS2-MRZ.
FYI: I am assuming you are getting back voltage from your LED lights somehow? If you use a voltmeter my guess is its low voltage on the white not the same 120V on the black. But since everything was working as is I wouldn’t worry about it. We are rewiring it differently anyway with the new z-wave device.