TL;DR: It doesn’t usually make sense to control smart bulbs with smart switches, but I want to use wall switches to independently control lights that are currently on the same circuit.
My hallway lighting is poorly controlled. The hallway is a long, branching, zigzag. There are 4 lights along the path from the front door to the living room, all on one circuit, with a physical 4-way control (one 3-way switch by the door, one by the living room, and a 4-way switch in the middle). Then there is a fifth light (with its own switch) on a branch toward the kitchen.
I want to divide the 4 light set into 2 zones so that the two closest to the front door can be turned on/off independently of the two closest to the living room. Ideally, the light close to the kitchen would be tied in with the 2 close to the living room. These are everyday lights, so they need to be controllable from wall-switches, and I don’t think my family would accept more than 0.5 seconds of latency.
So far I have identified 4 possibilities, but I was hoping to get some feedback about whether each one would actually work, before buying all the components:
1: Hire an electrician to rewire the hallway.
2: Use 5 Hue bulbs and 4 or 5 Hue wall switches to virtually create the desired groupings.
3: Use smart switches to create a virtual 3-way for the light close to the kitchen (with a dumb bulb). E.g., the Linear wd500z on the kitchen light circuit with two wd00z virtual switches powered by the other circuit. But this would only control the kitchen light - I would then need to put smart bulbs in the 4 other hallway lights, and use dim-with-me or dim-and-dimmer to have the two bulbs closest to the living room follow the smart switches through the SmartThings hub. Latency could be a problem. (I would probably have the two lights by the front door controlled by a SmartThings motion sensor, rather than another virtual smart switch.)
- Same as 3, except use z-wave smart bulbs in the lights that need to follow the virtual switches, and try to associate them directly with the z-wave smart switch. I think that would have better latency, but I don’t know for sure whether there is a z-wave switch and bulb pair that would support this kind of association.
I would love to hear from anyone who has insight about whether the above solutions would work, or if there is a better solution.