Leviton has now released their five new zwave plus models. There are some significant changes from previous generations. Also know that at the same time they have released devices with the identical cases but other protocols, including Wi-Fi models. So make sure you are buying the Z wave +ones if you want them to work directly with SmartThings.
These are a 600 W dimmer, a 1000 W dimmer, a plain on/off switch, an appliance module pocket socket and a dimmer pocket socket (no grounding plug).
1) “Decora Smart” form factor. In previous generations, the Z wave models didn’t use the Decora rocker form which Leviton invented. Instead, because these were momentary switches, there was a paddle where you always pressed at the bottom of the paddle regardless of whether you were turning the switch on or off. Some people liked these, but a lot of people didn’t.
The new model is a regular Decora rocker switch. You press the top for on and the bottom for off. In between use, the switch rests in a neutral position.
2) more colors. The new line is available in many colors, including almond, grey, brown, and black.
3) no load sensing–but will work even with just one LED. previous generations of Leviton zwave Devices have had a problem with trickle current which would keep a single LED lit softly even when the device was turned off. There are several forum threads on this with the usual recommendation being to increase the load, typically by adding a phone charger to a pocket socket or one incandescent bulb to a fixture just to allow the lights to be turned off completely. the official Leviton blog article announcing the new devices specifically says they can turn off a single LED.
The new lighting control accessories are engineered to function with extremely sensitive, low-wattage light sources, such as a single LED bulb in a hallway or a strand of holiday lights, ensuring LEDs do not glow when off.
@Navat604 should be happy about that.
4) New Auxiliary Switch since the new masters have a different form, the new auxiliaries do also. They still use physical traveler wires. And there are now two different auxiliary switch models, one that has an LED indicator light and one that does not, although I only saw the one with the LED being offered for sale. DD00R-DL and DD00R-DLZ.
I was confused by the product descriptions on this auxiliary when it first came out because they are promoting it for use with the new Bluetooth master switch from the “Decora digital” line as opposed to the “Decora smart” zwave plus line. But it’s the same auxiliary, it communicates with its master with physical traveler wires. The auxiliary does not have a radio of any kind.
The difference between this and the older VP00R auxiliary is that the new one is a rocker switch and the old one had the same design as the Vizia where you always press the bottom.
5) “Two way feedback” instead of “instant status” there are some complicated technical and legal reasons for changing this phrase, but it’s basically good news for customers.
6) Pricing discounts. Pricing looks like it’s going to be about the same, but previously Leviton discouraged their distribution channels from discounting the devices, and at least right now it looks like they’re encouraging those discounts. So definitely shop around now, you will probably see quite a bit of price variation on the new models.