I’m having a pool installed and they are trying to talk me into a $2800 Automation Controller. I’m thinking this is ridiculous overkill as my pool is just one body of water with a variable speed pump and two color led lights. So essentially, all this controller would do is allow me to use my phone to turn on/off the pump, change speeds, create a pump schedule and control the color/schedule the two LED lights. If I added a chemical sense & dispense, a spa, more lights, etc. I could start to see the expense, but since I’m in the early stages of SmartThings automation control for the house, I’m wondering if there are options to control/schedule the pump and lights with SmartThings.
The Pump is a variable speed Hayward VS 900 ( Link to manual https://tinyurl.com/hc9jbvk )
In the manual, I see information about using up to 3 relays to control the speed (page 16). And I’m thinking I can just use a heavy duty appliance controller to power the pump all the way on/off or use another relay on the remote on off terminals as a remote stop switch (page 18). Does anyone have any experience with what might work to use Z-wave modules/relays to Power the Pump On/Off and then control the speeds?
The Hayward Colorlogic 320 lights ( Link to manual https://tinyurl.com/hdc6mvz for smaller versions of what I will have) might be more of a challenge maybe for SmartThings, which is really crappy considering a Z-wave controller should be an option… but anyhow the manual (page 9 & 10) mentions that the light colors/modes are selected by a series of on/off cycles, although they do not go into great detail about how many cycles for what modes, how quick the cycle has to be, etc.
Does anyone have any thoughts or advice about making this work with SmartThings? I’m thinking if I can find the right Z-wave compatible low voltage relays that the pool pump speeds should not be too difficult, it’s just I’m new at this and although I understand relays from my days of car audio, I just want to ask the community before jumping in blind headfirst so to speak.
Thanks in advance!