Inovelli switches have a “smart bulb” mode where the relay is disabled, and is definitely available in Canada if they have stock. So do Zooz switches, which I think are available there as well. Inovelli has more features, Zooz is more economical if you don’t need the extras.
What Mark said, but if you don’t want it to control a directly wired load, then with an Inovelli, you just don’t wire one if you don’t want. Just provide the switch or dimmer a hot and a neutral and it becomes a scene/binding or association controller.
There are multiple threads on this topic in the forum, but since most of them are going to refer to the old architecture, I think we can skip going back to them for now.
do you have a smartthings/Aeotec hub? If you do, there are several Z wave switches, as others have mentioned, which are designed to do exactly this, including some from Zooz and some from inovelli as has been mentioned.
If you don’t have a hub, then you are limited at this time to Wi-Fi switches, or those that have their own bridge.
Whether or not you can just bypass the load in a switch depends on specifically how it is designed. Some allow for this, but some do not. The problem is that the radio inside the switch has to continue to be powered in order to send the information about the manual press to it.
Offhand, I don’t know of any Wi-Fi models that do this, you may need to contact the device manufacturer to see if it’s an option with the specific models you are using.
(BTW, there may be a few more candidate models next spring after matter – compliant devices are released.)
I don’t have this hub… I am still new to all this…
For now, I’m just using the Kasa support, because I bought everything from them, plus a sensibo and an Airthings that I am connecting them through IFTTT.
I don’t know about the Kasa in particular but it’s only safe to do this if the switch supports disabling the relay. Otherwise it is turning power on at the load terminal with nothing connected. That’s not really safe, in my opinion.