I’m looking to install a combination of zigbee and zwave. It seems that it is difficult to find certain items in only zwave such as light bulbs and plugs.
For those of you that install Zwave wall switches, how many do you go with? Do you do every switch in the house or use a combination of wall switches and zigbee light bulbs to control all lights? Is there any reason to not replace all wall switches with zwave other than cost? Maybe too many devices?
There is a hard limit of 232 zwave devices per network, which is one reason that, although there are some Z wave lightbulbs, most of the lightbulb manufacturers are more interested in zigbee, because then they can sell it as a solution for office spaces and commercial buildings as well.
All of that said, if you are going to use a smart switch, you generally will not use a smart bulb. You will just use a regular dumb bulb. The only reason to go with the more expensive smart bulbs are:
you want the color changing capabilities of the smart bulbs
you want to set up zones in a large room like a basement where all the lights may be on the same switch
you are renting and are not allowed to replace any wired devices
you just don’t feel comfortable replacing switches and would like a non-wired solution
Otherwise, a smart Z wave switch plus regular dumb bulbs will probably be the least expensive choice.
Many community members, myself included, have some zigbee smart bulbs and some smart switches of other protocols (Lutron are also popular, which is what I use in my own house) , and each is just selected on the needs for that particular location.
Have you had a chance to look at the device class features FAQ? It might also help answer some of your basic questions:
I personally don’t replace every switch just for budget reasons. I typically replace one per room. But there are other people who do replace every switch. Different things will work for different households.
I think I’d like to go with zigbee plugs since I’m going with at least 1 Inovelli wall switch per room. This way if I do want to use Zigbee light bulbs or any other Zigbee device, I will have a good mesh with Zigbee as well as all the Zwave wall switches.
With that said, what is the least expensive Zigbee plug/repeater that you know of? I had purchased the Sylvania 72922 off Amazon, however I received the 72922-A which I’ve been told is not a repeater but only a zigbee plug. I’m told the 72922 without the -A on the end is the plug WITH repeater.
I have all switches changed to smart switches (z-wave) so my z-wave mesh is probably pretty solid. Most of my bulbs are also smart bulbs (zigbee), but a lot of them don’t repeat. I was having issues getting new zigbee devices to stay connected until I moved my three iris smart plugs from the garage into the house. Now I just need to decide what to do with them as they are not being used otherwise.
The Lowe’s Iris model 3210-L is an extremely unusual device in that it includes both a zigbee radio and a zwave radio. The zigbee radio is used to control the on/off for the pocket socket and is also is also a zigbee repeater. Z wave radio does not control the pocket socket itself, and is only used as a zwave repeater. It is been very popular in the community as a dual purpose device.
BTW, if you look it up on the official zwave alliance products site, it won’t show up under on/off devices, which makes sense since the zwave radio doesn’t turn the module on and off. But it is listed under “network devices” with the single purpose repeaters from other brands.
It’s strange that the pdf document on Lowes regarding the 3210-L model doesn’t say anything about Zwave, only Zigbee. It seems they are missing out on a major selling point by not marketing the Zwave repeater aspect.
So if I purchase 3210-L, it is certain that it will have the Zwave repeater feature?
It’s there, under “technical specifications” on the second page. Most people don’t know what a repeater is anyway, so I don’t think it changes the marketing any. People who know they need a repeater know to look for it.
You shouldn’t need to use any custom code for the Iris plugs. Did you get the L or L2? The L2 may require you to manually set the Zigbee side to “Smartpower outlet” type since its fingerprint may not be added yet. the z-wave side should be fine as whatever it joins as.