I’m very new to ST, couldn’t find a newbie section so asking here.
I think I have this figured out mostly. I have a ceiling light on one circuit, can make it always on.
I need to wire a switch nearby to control it, but it has to be on a separate circuit.
Assuming both will always have power, can I use a GE Z-Wave switch to control a Sylvania Z-Wave bulb on a different circuit?
Can the Z-Wave switch work without being wired to any load? So, just with line/neutral/ground connected and controlling the Sylvania bulb through ST?
Should I use a wireless battery-powered switch instead? Is there a particular recommended model?
Yes to all of these (except that Sylvania bulbs are zigbee, not zwave, although it doesn’t make any difference in this case).
Details in the smart bulb switch FAQ (this is a clickable link)
Thinking on a big move to Hue lights, the real question is - what switches to use with them? If they’re all automatable via ST and other devices, do I really want to put them all on controllable switches too? There’s the advantage that I can arrange to ensure those switches are on so that the the Hue bulbs would be too…but it also leaves open the ability for folks to just turn them off and leave them off.
A popular brand is the go control/linear accessory switch which is designed not to control a load and has its own Z wave radio. So the switch talks to the hub and the hub talks to the bulb. Shop around, including at Home Depot, as prices vary a lot:
As far as battery-operated Devices there are a lot of choices. The following list includes both wall mount and handheld and both battery operated and mains powered so read descriptions carefully:
A Third alternative is a battery operated smart switch cover which fits over the existing switch so you don’t have to rewire it. That’s discussed in detail in the switch FAQ.
Also, although there isn’t a new folk section of the forum , there are two places you may find helpful. The first is just the FAQ category:
But even more helpful is probably the “get started” quick browse list in the community – created wiki. It’s under project reports. Lots of interesting stuff there, both practical and inspirational.
Thanks a lot for your help! I really appreciate it and look forward to being part of the community!