Hello community…! I’ve been reading and reading and reading and I finally decided it was time to make a post as I feel my question is a bit specific to my house (though that’s probably true for everyone).
I started dabbling with Smart Home devices about 6 months ago and I now have several rooms that have Hue light bulbs in them still connected to dumb switches. This works fine for me, but it does not pass the “guest test” as I discovered over Thanksgiving. So I want to change my light switches so that they can also operate the Hue lights. In other rooms I want to control ceiling fans and in my main bathroom I have a whole idea about setting up a morning routine to manage the various (dumb) lights and vent fan all in a four-gang box.
I’d rather get all the switches from one company as the aesthetics are important to me…and truthfully there’s no way I could live with different color indicator LED lights in the same box (or room for that matter). My house has all new wiring and a neutral is available in every box. I also have everything from single gang to 4 gang boxes where I want to replace the switches, so fitting everything back in the box is a concern.
So here’s some specifics. In my master bedroom I have a ceiling fan (pull chain style) on one toggle switch and next to it is another toggle switch that is connected to the 3 Hue lights that are in the ceiling fan. I want to replace both of those switches with smart switches. I know that GE makes a fan control switch which allows for speed control of the fan and integration with Smartthings and Alexa. I know it also has a blue led. I’ve read about the LInear GoControl accessory switches which have a Z-Wave radio in them to allow for control of the Hue lights, but I also know that they have a green LED in them. In my master bath I will need three smart switches and one dimmable smart switch.
My question(s) would be…is there one vendor where I can get all of these things from so that I can get all the indicator LED’s to be the same color (or can I just turn those indicator LED’s off permanently)? Can I wire up a GE smart switch so that it can do nothing but send a z-wave signal to my Smartthings hub and have it control the lights (not attach a load)?
I’ve looked at switches from Zooz (their switches seem to require a load to always be present so I don’t think that will work with my Hue lights), GE (they seem to have everything I might need), Linear GoControl (they don’t seem to have a fan switch with multi-speed), Cooper (personally I’m not a fan of the look of these) and Leviton (I don’t see many options with them though).
I’m just looking for some advice before I start placing some online orders…and I certainly don’t want to do a bunch of re-work on this. I’m not sure if I’m missing any vendors I should consider either, so any help on this would be appreciated.