Hello all! So I’m brand new to the SmartThings community (well i’ve been a lurker for some time lol) but am now registered and am super excited to contribute as much as possible!
I ordered my v2 hub a few days ago and am eagerly awaiting it to arrive. In the meantime, I’m in the middle of planning out my first project: entryway smart lighting.
I have a light switch box comprised of a 3-way switch for my entry way, a switch for my street side lamp and garage door lights, and a switch for my porch light. The porch and street lamp switches will remain on/off, just want to smartify them. For my entryway, however, I plan to convert that to a dimmer setup with LED dimmable lights.
Technically, I feel ready. My only problem right now is I am lost in the maze of what switches to buy, that is where I would greatly appreciate any feedback/suggestions on what to go with.
For the dimmer setup, I’m leaning towards the GE 45613 Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control Three-Way Dimmer Kit (currently selling for $61.95). Totally open to any suggestions, pros/cons, other feedback on this.
The other two switches are for outside (porch/garage sides and streetside lamp) lights that I want to convert to smart on/off smart switches… thinking GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control On/Off Switch, In-Wall, 12722 (currently $36.27 a pop) And also very open to recommendations for this also.
I’ve also considered the ZOOZ Z-WAVE PLUS ON / OFF TOGGLE SWITCH ZEN23 - 2 PACK as they are selling for $49.90 (+ shipping?) for the pair which would be a significant savings… but quality/performance is very important to me as well and I don’t want to sacrifice too much to save a few bucks. From what I’ve gathered so far, these Zooz pole switches aren’t quite as high a quality build as the similar GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control Smart Toggle Switch, In-Wall, White, 12727 selling for $36.99 right now. Still, quite a bit difference in price makes me really consider it. However, I’m also intrigued at the fact the Zooz switches are Z-Wave Plus while I’m pretty sure the GE switches are only Z-Wave. Not sure how many advantages I would be getting there vs giving up…
I’m very anxious to get this first major step in my smart home project accomplished before our week vacation in a few weeks (for obvious reasons) and so greatly appreciate the help provided here!!