I’m having my bathroom redone early next year, and want to take the opportunity to bring some ‘smart’ to the room. Wondering if anyone had done anything similar recently and have any tips or feedback on my approach?
I’m planning to install the following:
- Sensor: aeotec multi sensor 6; mainly used to trigger lights (motion/light) and extractor fan (humidity); with recessed fitting
- Lights: either 5x philips GU10s or 5x ecoled ZEP1s
- Fibaro single switch: connecting extractor fan to smartthings
- (if using ecoleds) Fibaro dimmer: connecting lights to smartthings
- RetroTouch 2 way rocker light switch: override for lights and fan if (/when…) smartthings plays up
Some questions I’ve got at the moment:
- am I going to have trouble fitting two fibaro modules into one standard light switch box (behind the faceplate)?
- I’m not sure about my wiring re presence of a neutral; will it be relatively trivial for an electrical to run neutral to the light switch? I’m assuming there is a neutral in the vicinity - is that a safe assumption? Obviously I’ll check with electrician when I get nearer but just want a sense whilst I’m doing early planning.
- Smart bulbs vs non-smart bulbs + fibaro dimmer; apart from the obvious, any insights from experiences of using one or the other, especially in a bathroom context?
- Am I over complicating the extractor fan approach? Would an extractor fan with it’s own humidity sensor built in be a ‘better’ approach? (e.g. Airflow iCON 30 with humidity module).
- Sourcing appropriate (& matching) gu10 zone 1 & 2 rated fittings that will take the phillips GU10s (I need some fixed and some adjustable). Seems like quite a few fittings aren’t deep enough?
Have read quite a few of the threads on here about lighting options (and a few on extractor fans) in the UK, which has been very helpful in getting me this far.
Any insights or advice appreciated!