Ever since I have moved in the basement lights have annoyed me. They are all the ceiling sockets with manual pull cords, there are 5 like this. Only the main light on the stairs is on a 3-way switch. The kids will go down there and turn on every light and then leave them on. I also added one shop light to a dark corner which I have plugged into one of the socket bases that I switched out to one with an outlet on it.
Originally I was thinking about putting in a second switch at the bottom of the stairs to control them all through hard wiring. Whatever genius wired the basement though has all the lights and the two outlets down there all wired together in
series a parallel circuit loop so I would have to run all new wires to the outlets from the breaker panel to get those isolated such that adding a switch would not turn them off as well.
Now with my hub and the cost of smart devices coming down I am considering doing something else. Possibly smart bulbs but they need to be pretty bright, I think I have 100w equiv 3500k bulbs down there now. I really hate 2700k and the 5000k was a little too much. I could do a smart plug for the added on shop light. Then add a smart switch to the stair light and then have the whole basement go on/off with that switch. Or I could add a second smart switch just for the full basement lights to be controlled through the hub.
Other thought could be to swap some of the sockets for outlets and then just add some more LED shop lights that plug in and use smart plugs.
I currently have a Hue bridge with only two bulbs on it. That is all I have for Zigbee, the rest of my light switches are all Z Wave.
Thoughts? Any certain bulb people recommend?