I am looking at using the fibaro dimmer 2 (212) for the control of the majority of lighting circuits in our house. I have one ready to try out, and Im going to start with a single switch. We have had the house rewired in the last 18 months, but as this type of home automation wasnt in my mind at that point, Im almost convinced that none of the circuits will have a neutral available at the switch.
I have a few questions for those who have done this:
Am I correct in believing that these dimmers can be used as simple on/off switches for non dimmable circuits? (ive read about relays either requiring a neutral, or being welded open by the inrush current for LEDs)
As I have LED lighting and the majority of (if not all) rooms have less than 50W per circuit load, I believe I am looking at a dimmer bypass for each circuit. However, I have seen a comment in here that if a neutral is available then a bypass may not be needed (though no wiring diagrams Ive seen seem to suggest this is the case).
For circuits where there the back boxes arent deep enough to accomodate the module, Im hoping to install in ceiling. Does anyone know where I can find a diagram similar to the ones from vesternet for ceiling installation of the 212 module? I can only find ceiling installation for the 211.
As it appears possible to use these in a ceiling installation rather than at the switch, when I get round to adding one of these modules to the 2 and 3 way switched lighting, would ceiling installation for these be possible, rather than trying to find room in a crowded back box? (Im guessing not as access to the permanent live would be required, and thats more than likely not going to be at the ceiling rose or first downlight on the run)
Also, Ive read a long thread about how to set up the 212 on ST, however Im unsure of the settings needed to make it operate as an on/off rather than a dimmer.
Any help on the above would be much appreciated. Im hoping to be an active contributor once I figure out these basics. Im fairly competent with most stuff, but this is my first forray into light automation (other than basic on off of an outlet to a table lamp). The IFTTT, maker, autoremote, sonos stuff Im fine tinkering with - but just like a second opinion before I go messing with the 240v stuff outside of the standard wiring diagrams provided.
In short, I can install exactly as per the diagrams showing installed at the wall, but in my case thats going to probably involve chopping out to deepen the boxes, and an ear bashing from the missus when I have to repaint round all the switches (because the decorator handily blended them all in).
Is there an easier and more SWMBO friendly way of installing these?
Many thanks for any help, it is greatly appreciated.