Okay, with all of the developments in Smart Home technology (and Apple’s announcement of HomeKit) I find myself more interested in trying to outfit my home. I’m not a wiring expert, but I’d like to initially set up the lights in many of the rooms of my home, and eventually move to door locks and other devices. Plus, since Z-Wave seems to be a huge and increasingly supported standard, it seems like the investment in light switches would apply to other systems in the future.
I’m mostly concerned with the range. If all the light switches in my home have to be 10-15 feet from the hub, there’s no way this system will be practical. I’m not sure my light switches would even be less than 10 feet from each other. What would my options be for getting these light switches to work at a greater range than 10-15 feet, short of buying 3 or 4 hubs and sprinkling them around my home?
Also, what else would I need to get started? To outfit my kitchen and living room, am I correct in believing that all I would need is:
- SmartThings hub
- GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control Dimmer Switch (dimmable LED lighting in the living room)
- 3x Jasco 45609 Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control On/Off Switch (living room fan, additional kitchen light, garage light)
- GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control Three-Way On/Off Kit (main living room light, controlled from 2x light switches)