Our guest room is being taken over by soon to be baby #2. All our family lives out of state so we have a lot of guests which means a guest room is very important. We decided to take my daughters HUGE playroom and section off 40% of it as a guest room. This playroom had 3 different overhead fluorescent lights (yuck). The idea was to replace all the fluorescent lights with new fixtures that took A19 Hues Bulbs, keep the power to them always on, and use a Lutron Connected Bulb remote to control them like I do a bunch of rooms upstairs. Unfortunately, I have found that all flush mount lights are fairly small and even with 2 Hue bulbs, put out too little light. While it is okay for the guest room, for the playroom it would not suffice.
So, I need your help and suggestions. How can I keep the fluorescent lights in the playroom and have a light in the guest room and have the ability to control lights independently in the rooms. I.E. have just the light in the guest room on but not the lights in the playroom. One thing to note is the fluorescent lights in the playroom actually plug into sockets on the ceiling (see pictures). Is there an in-wall ZWave switch that can turn on/off plugs while leaving the light always on to be controlled by the Lutron Remote?
Would this idea work: swap out the outlets in the ceiling with a zwave outlet (or just get a smart plug for the outlets and connect the fluorescent lights to that) such as this: https://www.amazon.com/GE-Lighting-Control-Switch-12722/dp/B0013V1SRY/. Then get one of the z-wave toggle switches such as https://www.amazon.com/GE-Lighting-Control-Switch-12722/dp/B0035YRCR2. Configure CoRE that if GE ZWave switch is toggled off, turn off the GE wall plug but keep the power on to light? And then use the Lutron to control the light switch?
Do you have a better idea on how to make this all work? Different, brighter, zwave light/fixtures, different zwave accessories?
Here is the in progress guest room build with double sliding barn doors:
Here is the new light fixture. The fluorescent one will be taken down.
And a shot of how the fluorescent lights are plugged into the ceiling: