This is my first post so I hope it’s in the right place etc.
I know this question has been asked countless times all over the internet, but I can’t find anything that works for me, mainly because I’m in the UK.
I have some smart bulbs and would like to have a physical switch on the wall to turn them on and off.
My current solution is this:
I have taken the switch off and permanently wired my lights to be on all the time, I then have an ewelink smart switch in the backbox with some flex coming down and I’ve just plugged it into a socket.
I’ve done this because like most houses in the UK (and I think in America) we don’t have neutral wires in most light switches.
Obviously having flex coming down from a light switch isn’t ideal. Right now I don’t mind having to ask Alexa or going on my phone to turn them on/off, but in the future, I’d like to use these things in main living spaces, and I don’t want guests/family/housemates to have to come to me every time they get confused by the plethora of apps you need to get it all working! Hence my experiments at the moment with all this.
I don’t have a smartthings hub but it seems it might be the best way for me to move forward with this, I just can’t work out what is/isn’t compatible with the system, and what I can use to solve this problem.
All I want is a wifi connected (or through a hub) switch that isn’t meant to have a load on it, its only purpose is to turn smart devices on and off. I don’t care about dimming (although it would be nice) and I don’t mind if I need to use IFTTT or similar to get everything communicating.
Something like the Phillips hue switches would be ideal, but I’m not willing to invest in the hue system when you can get much cheaper products with the same functionality!
Apologies for rambling, and if I have forgotten anything important!