Ok, ST and other systems are cool and fun. But let’s face it, not all automations require - or even benefit from - connectivity.
As one example, I have a laundry room in my basement. It’s a basement, it’s dark… you always need light on when you’re there. And it being a laundry room you don’t need elaborate lighting; a simple broad diffuse light is it.
But having a manual switch when you’re carrying loads of laundry is inconvenient, to say the least. And I certainly don’t want such a simple function beholden to a complex system where malfunctions might hinder things, and will never really benefit the scenario.
Therefore, I have installed a regular ol’ $15 motion sensing wall switch. Set it for five minutes, and it’s done. My basement workshop and fridge/passthough areas also will be getting similar switches.
Btw, such things also boost the wife-buy-in factor