VFAQ: Lighting Control Options for UK SmartThings

Has anyone tried to use the Fibaro Universal Dimmer 2 ( http://www.vesternet.com/resources/application-notes/apnt-111 ) with Momentary Switches like https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/VLXENM2S.html

Hi All. I’m new to SmartThings and was a little disappointed to find out there’s no great light-switch options here in the UK.

I did, however find this (albeit not currently in stock). Would this work with ST in the UK??

http://www.uk-automation.co.uk/z-wave-dimmer-switch-by-duwi/

Cheers,
Lewis

Welcome!

It should work, but you should know that that type of two wire switch is only rated to work with incandescents and some halogens. It will not work with a conventional dumb LED. So it just depends on what kind of lamps you want to use with it.

It looks like it’s in stock at the following vendor if you want to give it a try:

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I think the new logitech pop is what you are looking for.

I’ve just ordered it so I’ll let you know how I get on!

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Can these be wired in to control ‘dumb’ lights, and controlled via ST/Z-wave?

The Logitech pop buttons? No, they use their own Bluetooth bridge. There’s an official SmartThings integration which works quite well. But they’re just a battery powered button.

Or were you talking about a different device?

I just wanted to be clear (for the sake of others as well as myself) on @Roy_Martin’s suggestion, as it may not be what everybody is looking for!

OK, maybe I misunderstood the original aims, my apologies.

But if all you are looking for is to control your smartthings with a physical button, this is the item to use.

Different people want different options. Choice is good.

The Logitech button is a cloud to cloud integration, which does introduce a small amount of lag.

And sometimes it’s just a matter of aesthetics. The pop button is rubbery and neon colored. Sometimes people are looking for something that, well, looks more like a light switch.

There are several other battery powered devices which are available in the UK, some of which are Z wave and so communicate directly to SmartThings.

For example, the Devolo scene controller is very popular. It also costs less than the pop button once you factor in the price of the required pop bridge. It has several style and color options.

And the remotetec has eight separate buttons, each of which can be used for three functions (click, double-click, and long press, just like the Logitech POP) so that gives you 24 functions on one battery operated device.

All of the battery powered devices that work with SmartThings are listed in the buttons and remotes FAQ linked to above. Including the DeVolo, the Remotec, and the pop. Here’s the link again:

So the pop is definitely a good device (I have three of them), and there are several other good ones as well, each with somewhat different features or aesthetics.

Hello

Does this work with LED bulbs and where can you get them?

Can you please also tell me where to get these switches.

Thanks

Can you send me the link as well please?

The link is at the post above and here

Thank you, that’s very expensive for a switch £72 though

Roger Dunnaker

It’s Singapore dollar, so translate to about £50

Still very expensive for a light switch

Roger Dunnaker

I would say the switch worth the price, for almost the same price if you go for Fibaro relay, the max you can control up to 2 lights, and that need neutral wire to work.

Fibaro relay: http://www.vesternet.com/z-wave-fibaro-relay-insert-1-2-5-kw

Hi, I’ve just got a couple of the 3 switch version of these. Got the first wired in and it successfully works the lights from the switch itself. Detected fine in ST, and the multichannel app shows three end points.

I’ve got two problems though, the main switch (which operates switch one) can be switched on and off from ST fine, but doesn’t update its status without a manual refresh. Also, the Endpoint devices always show ‘on’. If the switches themselves are on I can switch them off once from ST, but then they just continue to show as on and can’t be controlled any more. Do I need to change any of the device settings etc? Keen to hear how you got yours working. Cheers.

Just for reference in case anyone is thinking of these - I’ve now got them working. Needed to delete and re-add the end points and they started behaving so now have full control of all three buttons. Would definitely consider these a good option for anyone looking at light switches in the UK (I ordered the neutral wire version as my house has them at the switch).

Edit to add: not sure why I seem to have two accounts! Apologies.

But not compatible with SmartThings, correct?