Smartthings community, I have not been able to find the perfect dimmer switch that meets the criteria I’m going for:
- Default Dim level based on time of day - I realize this sounds simple on the surface, but there is an important distinction: Most dimmers I’ve found you cannot change the dim level without the light coming on. This is very problematic. I want to be able to go into the bathroom, tap the dimmer once, and if it’s past 8pm be at dim level 50%. The dimmer itself has a local dim level that takes effect right when you turn on the dimmer. Yes, you can have a smartapp immediately change the dim level to 50% as soon as it comes on, but if it was at 100% before there will be a brief instant where you get blasted in the face with 100% light before it goes down to 50%. Similarly, I’ve seen solutions where right at 8pm a program will set the dim level to 50% and then immediately turn the light off. This is clever, but still you run the risk of the light coming on briefly when this setting happens. Imagine all of the lights around your house all of a sudden briefly flickering every time you want to change the default dim level.
This dimmer does not have the ability to set a default dim level without briefly turning on for a moment:
- Double tap for 100% light - My insteon dimmer switches have this and it’s awesome. Looking for a Z-Wave switch that can do this. I do have a Smartthings to ISY smartapp that enables Smartthings to communicate with my insteon dimmer switches. Unfortunately these don’t have a default dim capability either…
- Hold down top part of dimmer to brighten, hold down bottom part of dimmer to dim. - For some crazy reason one of the light dimmers I bought has a tiny little up/down switch in addition to a paddle. It’s very hard to adjust this up and down and I really dislike it!
I’m willing to replace all of my dimmers if we can find something that meets these criteria. Just haven’t found one yet!