We are in the UK and are in the process of building a house after knocking the old one down so are currently looking at ST as a solution for automating the house.
I am new to ST but am a coder by trade so not too concerned about having to code the odd thing here and there but are struggling with the light switches option.
I am also quite old school in that if I go into a room and want to dim the lights or turn on the bedside lamps I don’t want to have to use my phone or find a remote. Don’t get me wrong I also want all the cool app control stuff and the ability to control the house from your phone and turn on lights when you approach the house etc. However a switch(es) by the door should be able to control the room
I can see there are a minimum of 2 requirements I need
- A physical on/off switch on each circuit (this is a new build so nothing exists)
- A device that connects that circuit to ST
I see this can be achieved by
1- Micro relays behind standard off the shelf switches. I don’t particularly like this option because
-I need to pay for both a switch and the relay
-How does a physical dimmer work?
-I would need another device to do anything interesting like activate wall sockets
2- Use a battery powered switch such as the Popp described in the thread below. However, this would still require a physical on/off switch on the circuit. Great solution for beside the bed.
([Release] Z-Wave.me, Popp, & Devolo Wireless wall Controller & Key Fob (EU), with button controller dimming apps and CoRE integration)
3- Somehow merge the 2 together. Something like the TKB Dual paddle wall switch would be ideal because the 1 st switch is the physical dimmer and the 2nd switch can be used to do whatever eg control bedside lamps. However
- It requires a 3 wire circuit. Probably not a problem on a new build (just need to specify now)
- A quick trawl of the forums says the 2nd switch is not picked up by ST according toa 2014 forum. Or can this be done now?
If you were starting from scratch with no constraints how would you be doing this?
Thanks any ideas really appreciated