I am trying to determine what affordable and reliable wall switches others are using? I purchased a large amount of GE Link bulbs from Sears on clearance and am looking at smart deadbolts and thermostats as well.
My biggest issue so far has been dealing with light switches, though. Everything works great as long as people use the app to turn on/off lights and not use the switches to kill power to the bulbs.
Most of the switches are a single switch for a single light though I do have a few, for example, that are a switch at the top and bottom of the stairs.
It would be icing on te cake to find switches that are motion sensitive and SmartThings compatible so they would detect motion and come on automatically.
More importantly how old is your house. if your home was built pre 1980 you probably do not have a neutral wire at your switches and that makes your only choice the modules that go up inside the box at the lamp.
More modern electrical code requires power to be ran to the switch then to the fixture, older allowed them to dump power at the fixture and then run a feeder without neutral to the switch.
The home was built in 1946. Here is an example of the wiring at the top/bottom of the stairs and the current switches. Most wiring has been updated but not all. The wires are labeled as T1, T2 and Common. There is no ground or neutral currently hooked up.
I thought the same thing. However I just picked up 6 of these at HD. They are awesome. When they dim they turn off some 2700k LEDs and turn on some 2200k LEDs to give a nice warm dim. They dim smooth and fluid with the GE ZWave Dimmer switch.
They are the new bulb of choice for my house and at $3.30 each a good buy.
Based on this, I will just have to keep the current switches in place. The dimmer and ST commands work as long as others don’t cut power to the lights. The bulbs dim and everything works perfectly just wish it would not be possible for others to “kill” the power to the lights.
Maybe next year (doubtful) I will get wild and rewire the whole home. In the meantime, I will stick with the GE Link bulbs and basic things like motion sensors and thermostats.
Some folks on the forums have put on child locks over their switches. Looks like they just snap on over the switch to keep people from turning them off… You could search for that, it might be an option
GE/Jasco is releasing zwave motion switch dimmers soon. But. They aren’t going to work seamlessly with your zigbee bulbs. I wouldn’t be surprised if they follow up with a zigbee motion switch within six months.
But honestly? The ge link bulbs are terrible. Get rid of them and use zwave switches with dumb bulbs.
Well, not anti-ST, but in my bathroom as an example instead of a motion detector and ST switch, I put in a motion activated switch by itself. No lag time, not dependent on a hub, very reliable, about $23 at Lowes.