Who makes the best Z-Wave dimmer? These are the two I’ve tried so far:
- Pro: Responds very quickly.
- Pro: User configurable minimum brightness. This is extremely useful for LEDs like mine, since they do not turn on with less than 10% power.
- Pro: User configurable default brightness. When the switch is turned on, it can return to the last brightness level or your selected default brightness level. Many people prefer their switches to start at 100% brightness.
- Pro: Green leds on the switch indicate the current brightness level.
- Con: The dimming buttons or “dim bar” (as they call it) is awful. It’s stiff, difficult to use, and feels cheap.
- Con/Neutral: There are not separate on and off buttons. A single button is used to toggle on/off state.
- Con: Expensive. $60 for the basic version, $80 if zone/scene keypads are desired.
- Pro: Turning the switch on and off is intuitive to anyone who has used a normal light switch.
- Pro: Dimming is very easy.
- Con: The lights respond slowly to physical button presses and holds. It actually feels faster to turn on the switch from SmartThings.
- Con: No user selectable minimum brightness.
- Con: No user selectable default brightness. When the dimmer is turned on it always returns to the last brightness level (which may not be enough to turn the lights on). There is a workaround using a SmartApp, but it’s not ideal.
- Con: No indication of the current brightness level on the switch.
- Pro: Relatively inexpensive. $45 isn’t much more than some of the “dumb” dimmers out there.
From what I’ve read, the Linear/Evolve dimmers have the same shortcomings as the GE, but they cost a little less and feel nicer.
Finally, what do you guys and gals think about Cooper? By all appearances, their dimmers have all of the pros as the Leviton, but with better dimming buttons.
Are there any other dimmers that I’ve forgotten about?