I’m looking for some “standard” looking momentary light switches that return to a central position. I intend to use with a relays, such that when toggled either to the traditional “off” or “on” position it just toggles the state of the relay.
I seem to be struggling to find a faceplate with a switch that returns to the central position - I prefer the asthetics of this.
There are quite a few brands of these, they are often called a “retractive” switch. ( I understand you’re asking just for the switch, not for the radio module, which would likely be an inwall micro such as Qubino or Fibaro).
The varilight power grid line has quite a few options that look like a regular rocker but are in fact a momentary switch and rest in the central position. They come in a variety of finishes and matching faceplates.
I didn’t realise that. So best option is to get a remote switch to operate them. Any ideas on ones available in the UK @anon36505037. I only really need one to use in my hallway and one in the kids room.
I think the most popular for this purpose are probably the popp/devolo battery operated ones. They look just like a regular UK switch, have a lot of different functions, and come in multiple finishes. You can also get matching mains powered ones if you have a neutral wire at the switchbox and also need something to control regular dumb lamps in some locations. There is a good community – created device type handler for them, so you can ask any follow-up questions in that thread as those people are using them.
There are some other options as well. The following thread has the full list of battery operated buttons and switches that work with SmartThings. Each entry is marked US, UK, or both.
In all of these cases, the switch will send a message to the hub and then the hub will send a message to the smart bulbs. So you can have a single press control a group of lights if you want.
@anon36505037 I too have fibaro dimmer 2’s installed in various locations they are really good devices I might try vesternet I purchased mine from Amazon because I’m impatient and wanted them next day.
Thankyou @JDRoberts I’ll take a look at those I really like idea of the hard wired ones I’m lucky I wired neutrals at all my switches when I wired my house so they sound perfect. Never been a fan of anything being battery operated if I can avoid it.
Since you have neutrals at the switchbox you can use any of the certified Z wave switches which are not labeled as “scene controllers” (although “central scene controllers” Will probably work with SmartThings, but will likely need custom code).
Sorry, I know that’s technical and confusing, but just ask about any individual model in the forums and someone will be able to help you figure out whether it will work with SmartThings.
Meanwhile, depending on your exact wiring, you might be able to use the following hardwired dual switch. You would use one switch as normal for your existing nonnetworked device, and hopefully use the other switch with the load tied off as a virtual control of your smart bulbs. What type of configuration is allowed in the US, I just don’t know for sure if it is allowed in the UK.