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Zigbee Wall Switch and Dimmer Models (May 2018)

As predicted, the echo plus using zigbee home automation profile means we are starting to see more of these devices available for the DIY market rather than just through pro installers. And prices are coming down a little, although the zigbee models still tend to cost more then either Z wave or Wi-Fi.

This thread will only cover zigbee models.

Mains-powered zigbee ZHA Wall switches

All of the following are ZHA certified and should work as repeaters for your other zigbee devices. All of the mains-powered switches will require a neutral wire.

M1) Centralite has just released two new models for sale through Amazon. These were introduced at a price of $49.99, but I would expect to see that come down a little as competing brands reach the market.

The dimmer

And the on/off Switch

Both come in White or Almond.

M2) The Orvibo zigbee Switch costs less but is harder to find. If you are in Canada, you can get them from Prime Cables, but they will not ship outside of Canada.

https://www.primecables.ca/p-360930-cab-t10w1zw-1uo-all-orvibo-zigbee-smart-in-wall-onoff-switch-120vac10a#sku370887

If you live anywhere else, you will have to try one of the Chinese importers like GearBest. Check the model numbers carefully to make sure that you are getting one that works with your wiring. Here is the US wall switch model:

http://www.orvibo.com/mobile/en/product/84.html

M3) The GE/Jasco zigbee switch has come down somewhat in price for the on/off switch, but is still $55 for the dimmer. These are officially supported.

M4) Sinope are elegant but expensive, usually $80-$100 including shipping.

M5) Leviton has a line of zigbee switches called Lumina which are intended for hotels but which have been officially certified as compatible with SmartThings. Hard to find and quite expensive if you are just buying one or two.

Home controls can usually get them for you for under $100, but other sellers may list them at $150 or more.

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https://www.homecontrols.com/Leviton-Decora-Smart-Lumina-RF-15A-Switch-LVDL15S1BZ

M6) There is an older Enerwave zigbee model Wall switch, but the manufacturer says it is only compatible with older versions of the SmartThings hub, so I’m not sure what’s going on there.

M7) And the quirky Tapt Wall Switch which some community members have, but it has never worked really well with SmartThings. I believe these have been officially discontinued, so prices are all over the place. You can sometimes find them in store at Lowe’s at a clearance price, but otherwise they tend to run around $70 now.

M8) XIAOMI also has a zigbee wall switch, but like all of the other Xiaomi products it tends to be somewhat idiosyncratic and may not work as a repeater. The company only intends these to be used with their own Gateway, so they don’t expect them to work with SmartThings. People still try them because they are cheap, but you will probably have to buy them from a Chinese importer like GearBest.

Caution because of the way SmartThings handles zigbee endpoints, you may not be able to get a ZHA switch to work if a single device has buttons for more than one light. Typically only one of the buttons will be visible to SmartThings. So if you are looking at other models than those listed here, check the forums to see if anyone has it working.

Also, devices described as working with control4 will probably not work with SmartThings, they use different zigbee profiles. But the “echo plus” and smartthings use the same zigbee profile, which is why we are starting to see more devices for the DIY market. :sunglasses:

M9) UK Only The Aurora AOne Devices in England have now been officially certified for SmartThings integration. There are quite a few different devices, including a mains powered dimmer. You may have to buy them from a stockist who sells to trade as the company does not sell them at retail, although Amazon may have a few from time to time. You don’t need their gateway, they will work with SmartThings.

Battery-operated Zigbee Smart Switch Covers

These will not work as repeaters regardless of brand, but may fit some use cases.

B1) There is a new battery-operated smart switch which fits over your existing wall switch and physically moves the switch underneath (works with toggle or rocker) from Third Reality. These were introduced at $39.99.

B2) And the popular Sylvania lightify dimmer which has an official SmartThings integration. It usually costs right around $30, although it is sometimes on sale at Home Depot or Lowe’s for less. This model does not move the switch underneath, which allows you to leave the original switch always powered on for a fixture with smart bulbs in it.

FAQ: Sylvania battery-power dimming Switch (model 73743): why there are three different DTHs to choose from

B3) Late 2018 brought a new set of “friends of Hue“ green power zigbee wall switches Which don’t require batteries but Are not mains powered either. These are zigbee 3.0 devices which work from Kinetic energy. Several different companies are making them in both the US and the UK and Amazon is carrying them. Quite nice looking. They will connect to a hue bridge or if your hub happens to be on the right zigbee channel they can connect directly to a smart things hub that supports zigbee 3.0. ( as of this writing, that’s just the V3 Hub.) anyway, these are quite nice and will work well for control of zigbee smart bulbs. See the following discussion thread for more details:

B4) Lutron dimmer smart switch cover. Yes, it’s a dimmer. Yes, it fits over your existing switch. Yes, it’s battery-operated. And yes, it’s zigbee 3.0. It works with hue bridge, we don’t yet know if it will work directly with SmartThings.

Lutron hits a homerun with this one as far as people who want a wall switch dimmer to control their hue bridge controlled bulbs. :sunglasses:

http://www.lutron.com/en-us/products/pages/standalonecontrols/dimmers-switches/smartbulbdimmer/overview.aspx

Amazon will be carrying it.

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B5) If you have the Hue Bridge, The hue dimmer switch ($25) or Tap switch ($49) can work well as a parallel means of control, but will not be visible to SmartThings. These don’t fit over your existing wall switches, but can be mounted wherever you like. If you use one of these to control lights associated with the hue bridge, SmartThings will know about the change in the light status within about five seconds ( The next time it polls the bridge) . They work well for some use cases.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/philips-hue-tap-remote-switch-white/7863116.p?skuId=7863116

There is some community created code to make them visible to smartthings, but it doesn’t seem to work for everyone.

I’m going to make this a wiki post. Feel free to edit it as more devices come on the market place or if any of these are discontinued. :sunglasses:

This thread is for Zigbee devices only, not other protocols like Z wave or Wi-Fi.

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I can confirm that this ZigBee OnOff Controller works with the SmartThings Hub. No extra Device Handler needed. When the Hub finds the device you only have to change the type to ‘Zigbee Switch Power’.

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Working On/Off controller for Ceiling fan.

I have converted a normal ceiling fan switch to a Zigbee On/Off switch using the Zigbee controller above. I have 2 sitiations that will switch it on/off: 1) When the Xiaomi cube is flipped 90 degrees (Toggles between on and off) and when the temperatuur goes above 25 degrees celcius. It automatically turns off when the temperature is below 25 degrees. Of course I can switch it on/off with the Smartthings app.
It’s only working at one speed (I have chosen the lowest) but 99% of the time this was the only speed I have used. I am thinking to build a simpel switch in so I can manually choose between 2 speeds. At this moment I am happy with it.

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