I recently added a Fibaro Smart Switch 2 to a heated towel rail fused spur, the way I opted to wire it up is so that the switch on the fused spur controls whether any electricity goes to the smart switch, so basically the switch will be left on (unless I want to turn it off completely, so it cannot be turned on even by SmartThings). I had to use this custom device handler https://github.com/GSzabados/SmartThingsPublic/blob/patch-5/devicetypes/fibargroup/fibaro-single-switch-2-zw5.src/fibaro-single-switch-2-zw5.groovy otherwise it didn’t see the status changes and was pretty useless (seems crazy this manual step is required, but I digress).
Now it is on SmartThings, I have automations set up to turn the towel rail on and off twice a day for morning showers and evening baths. One thing I thought would be great is if other members of the family who aren’t tech savvy were able to just switch the towel rail on for an hour if they want it warm at a time outside of this schedule. One option would be to have a smart button. But I wondered if anything exists which I could replace the fused spur with, which:
- As per a normal fused spur, has a switch to turn on/off the appliance
- Has a 1 hour ‘boost’ button, which can be hooked up to the switch circuit on the Smart Switch which would cause the appliance to turn on and then switch off an hour later.
- Has a LED on the fused spur, but rather than being controlled by whether the switch is on or off, is controlled by current from elsewhere, i.e. I would like the LED to come on if there is power getting to the appliance (so after the Smart Switch has taken control). This way from looking at the fused spur you’d know whether the towel rail is actually on or not (rather than an LED which is always on, basically just saying power is being delivered to the Smart Switch).
Does anyone know if anything like this exists? Other than a smart button, I am thinking that maybe a smart panel (tablet?) mounted on the wall, with a couple of ‘tiles’ to do things like force the towel rail on for an hour could be a reasonable solution - but I am just trying to explore what currently exists - sometimes a simple old fashioned physical button and LED works out better…!