Hi everyone, this is my first post - fingers crossed for some help.
I am in the process of completely filling my home with Philips Hue color smart lights. I have the Philips Hue Bridge Hub added to my SmartThings and I am able to see all of my Hue lights in the SmartThings app. For reference, I use the newer SmartThings app, but I don’t know that will affect any of this.
One caveat though of smart lights is that they work best with the lights being kept on so that power does not shut off to them. So then ideally they can be turned on/off via voice assistants and smart switches without losing physical power to the smart lights.
I had been using Lutron Aurora wireless dimmer switch caps for when I have a physical wall switch (https://www.amazon.com/Lutron-Aurora-Dimmer-Philips-Z3-1BRL-WH-L0/dp/B07RJ14FBS/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=lutron+aurora&qid=1563917102&s=gateway&sr=8-1). They are simple wireless dimmer caps that just get placed over the existing switches and are only compatible with the Philips Hue Bridge Hub.
Unfortunately, I only just found out that the Philips Hue bridge hub only supports a maximum of 10 wireless dimmer switches - which I had planned to well exceed. Theoretically, I could have multiple Philips Hue Bridge Hubs, but the downside there is that I would lose voice assistant support for the additional Hue hubs as only one is supported at a time by my Google Homes.
Are there any recommendations on smart switches that work well directly with SmartThings? Ideally they would be dimmable and/or require little actual switch installation replacement. The SmartThings hub would crush the 10 wireless dimmer switch limit that the Hue hub is currently limited by. My dream case would be something like the Lutron Aurora (dimmer switches that just cap the existing standard home switches) that works directly with SmartThings. I plan to eventually resell the house and I want to limit the amount of custom installation work that would eventually need to get this work undone when I sell.
I am pretty set on using some type of smart switch, as I do not want to tape and/or completely cover the on switches and/or require anything to only be voice-operated. I would like the switches to operate in their current places so that it’s not inconvenient to guests. I am hopeful that someone here has encountered a similar situation and has suggestions.