I am about to buy my ST today, and I will be purchasing a Google Home by the end of the week as well.
There are a few other devices that I will also be purchasing, but I am good regarding those.
What I really need help with is Light Switches/Outlets. I have read many, many, many forum topics on that subject as well as done some research, but I am still a little in the dark, thus, I created this topic.
For starters, I would like 3 things that I can control remotely/by voice:
- Being able to turn on/off my tv;
- Being able to turn on/off my kitchen lights;
- Being able to turn on/off my living room lights;
First of all, I should say that I am more inclined to go with a smart Light Switch than with bulbs because I have 6 lights in my kitchen and a light fixture with 3 in my living room.
So, yes, I do need suggestions on what would be the best product based on my needs, but I would like to find something that would fit my needs but also no break the bank.
Let me give you guys some more insight on the situation and why I am so lost. Hopefully someone will be able to help!
A) In the living room I have a light fixture that has 3 light bulbs and a fan. Currently the fan is turned on/off by pulling a little cord on the fixture when the light switch is turned on.
B) There are 3 different switches that can turn that light fixture on. All 3 of those switches is a double plate with one switch for the living room and one switch to a different area (3 different areas).
With that being said, can someone please help with
- A suggestion of how I can make at least one of those double plates a triple plate and be able to control the lights independently from the fan [I will also use voice for that]?
- Suggest a smart switch with double/triple plates that would work for a light fixture with 3 different light switches?
This one is simpler. I have 6 recess lights in the kitchen, but they are all controlled by one light switch. This one is a single switch, and that’s it. So I think I just want to be consistent and get the same switch that I got for the living room. Suggestions would be extremely appreciated.
This one should be easier too.
I think I would prefer a smart outlet that I can just put in the place of my dumb outlet. I have 0 electrical experience, but I do think those look nicer and are more seamless. I won’t turn down a great “plug in” option though, as long as it has the right price and works well.
So, I think that’s it for now, hahaha.
Please feel free to ask any other questions you might have.
All suggestions are welcome and thank you in advance!