I am just getting into HA and ST. Other than few small hurdles, am enjoying ST and building my house out. Current project is putting in dimmer switches in house as we replace can ceiling lights in ceiling with led (100 watt equiv). The dimmers themselves are linear WD500Z. Even at $30 ea, things are getting expensive fast. time to consider outside projects…
In looking at front house changes, I am debating on 1) putting dimmer switch for front of house and an outdoors motion sensor, with eventual replacement of physical lights later. Option 2) would be to buy the physical lights with motions sensors prebuilt in, but no connection to ST.
First option seems to give more control (ST). Option 2 would be cheaper and easier, and similar results can be achieved… Keep lights dim till motion is detected, then increase brightness, plus auto on when it gets dark.
So what are others doing for outside? As a side question, when replacing internal switches, did you do all or just a handfull?