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    Looking for lightswitches

    Hi everybody,

    Going to buy a Zee-S2 and the 1st thing I wish to automate is lighting in the house. Going to need some dimmables & non-dimmables - what do I need to look for and/or avoid for Z-Wave? (specs/brands/etc).

    Am new and prefer a win out of the gates as my wife will be watching - am sure you understand

    Thanks!

    #2
    Heh. Thats known as the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) around here.

    I still have a bunch of Intermatic switches and will be replacing them with the HomeSeer flavors as they age-out. Some are many years old.

    If you have 2 wires in your switch box, you'll need a dimmer switch and a compatible LED bulb if you are going LED. For switches, you'll need a neutral in the box.
    HS4Pro Running on a Raspberry Pi4
    72 Z-Wave Nodes, 111 Events, 422 Devices
    Z-Wave, UPB, WiFi
    Plugins: EasyTrigger, weatherXML, OMNI, Z-Wave, Tuya, Device History
    HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 Joggler

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      #3
      Originally posted by rmasonjr View Post
      Heh. Thats known as the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) around here.

      I still have a bunch of Intermatic switches and will be replacing them with the HomeSeer flavors as they age-out. Some are many years old.

      If you have 2 wires in your switch box, you'll need a dimmer switch and a compatible LED bulb if you are going LED. For switches, you'll need a neutral in the box.
      Thanks - noted for the WAF part. Good to know the lingo!

      Any brands I should look at (or stay away from), considering HomeSeer, GE & Leviton.

      If Canadian readers see this - best place to buy for price?

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        #4
        Originally posted by jphebert View Post
        Thanks - noted for the WAF part. Good to know the lingo!

        Any brands I should look at (or stay away from), considering HomeSeer, GE & Leviton.

        If Canadian readers see this - best place to buy for price?
        I use Leviton Vizia RF+ but bought them in the US when the exchange rate was much better and shipping prices from the US to Canada were still reasonable. Now I typically buy my HA equipment from aartech.ca. They also sell the HomeSeer branded products. Leviton has a newer cheaper line of switches (DZC series) but they don't support instant status. This is where the switch notifies HS of a change made at the switch. Typically the cheaper switches don't support instant status. If I was buying new now, I'd buy the HS branded switches which are ZWave+ and do support instant status and the central scene class.

        Cheers
        Al
        HS 4.2.8.0: 2134 Devices 1252 Events
        Z-Wave 3.0.10.0: 133 Nodes on one Z-Net

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          #5
          I should have also mentioned:

          The Intermatic switches have an annoying high-pitched 'click' when locally controlled. My wife probably doesnt mind it or hasnt noticed it, but it really annoys me
          HS4Pro Running on a Raspberry Pi4
          72 Z-Wave Nodes, 111 Events, 422 Devices
          Z-Wave, UPB, WiFi
          Plugins: EasyTrigger, weatherXML, OMNI, Z-Wave, Tuya, Device History
          HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 Joggler

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            #6
            I buy alot from these guys. They sell a fair bit of HS3 stuff.
            https://www.aartech.ca/zwave-wall-switches
            Although I have coopers, the new HS3 ones look pretty compelling!
            Homeseer WS100+ Zwave Plus On Off Wall Switch

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              #7
              Question - should I worry about "scenes" being managed by the dimmers or not? As am reading seeing stuff and want to clear it for the WAF variable.

              Am I right to assume that the controller handles this piece and not worry about the rest?

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