Hello - I’m new to home automation but have recently moved and want to automate the lights in our kitchen, but am struggling to be certain I’ve found exactly what I’m looking for. I’m in the UK.
We have two lighting circuits in the kitchen:
- We have 10 x GU10 spots in the kitchen - all currently non-dimmable LED lamps. Given the number, I’m reluctant to go down the Hue route as it gets pretty expensive, and wouldn’t really help me if I decide to do other rooms in the future.
- We have under cabinet fluorescent spots. Not against changing these if I need do as I don’t particularly like them anyway.
What I’d really like to get to is
- Dual gang light switch that continues to operate the lights as normal and that would continue to operate the lights in case of a automation failure. We have quite a few friends and family come and stay, so I’d like to keep operation as normal as possible.
- Motion and lux sensor that automatically turns the lights on when someone walks into the kitchen, below a certain lux level, and turns the lights off again if no motion is detected for a period of time or the lux level increases.
I’ve been looking at http://www.uk-automation.co.uk/z-wave-dual-relay-wall-switch-tkb-home-tz57/ and a SmartThings hub, but can’t find anything that confirms if it works as a standard switch if the automated side of things fails (I think it does).
I do have a neutral at the switch.
On the sensor side of things, I’ll probably start with the SmartThings motion sensor as one of those is included in my starter kit - unless anyone tells me I’m going to need something different to do what I need. I’ve looked at the Aeotec Mulitsensor 6 and the Fibaro - both of which look good, but maybe are unnecessary at this point?
Really I’m looking for some confirmation that the way I’m approaching this is a good idea and that I’m not missing a different approach along the way. Any suggestions of kit I should be using would also be welcome - I’d really like it to work reliably, so happy to spend a bit more if it increases reliability.
Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions!