So where do I start, well, Home Depot and the $5 Ecomart A19. I saw these posted on Slickdeals and a bunch of people going on about SmartThings this, SmartThings that, Hubitat this and so on. So I picked up a few on a whim and started playing with them with just the remote. I did some more digging into a hub, what they do, what they don't and got hooked on the idea of the automation of lighting, plugs and so on. So I picked myself up a SmartThings hub, enjoyed the use of it but along side research into it I also wanted to look into Hubitat. Needless to say the ST hub did what it should have but I wasn't entirely satisfied with it. So I picked up a Hubitat and honestly haven't looked back. There are multiple reasons for the switch but I won't get into that as I'm sure they're the same most of you are here.
Skipping forward, more A19s were purchased, along with a Hue v1 hub and 5 gen 1 downlights (dirt cheap so couldn't resist), and spread throughout the house. I linked Alexa so voice control and things were working as expected. My daughter loves it, my wife, not so much. Her primary reason is that there's no switch. When she gets up in the morning she has to either have her phone available or whisper to Alexa and hope she doesn't wake up our daughter. What she does like about it is the ability to control the dimmer level. She gets up, sets the kitchen lights to 20%, moves about then after the kiddo wakes up sets them to 100%. So I start digging around again and find that the Aqara switch has a driver. I order 2 of the switches, started adding some things to RM and to me it seemed OK. To the wife, it's too slow interacting with the Hue lights in the kitchen.
After a bit more lurking, reading and thinking I have to ask myself if I went about this the wrong way. I started researching switches, realizing I needed a 3 way switch in the dinning area due to the second switch controlling the same lights. That got me looking into the new Inovelli Red LZW31-SN.
So, here are my questions. Some fairly easy yes / no for most of you and one is mainly asking for an opinion.
The new Inovelli Red, based on my findings, will work with a dumb switch in a 3 way configuration as long as the dumb switch is utilizing the common neutral in a 3 post configuration. Hopefully I said that right, not an electrician. Is that correct?
The Inovelli referenced, being a dimmer, would allow for dimming of the bank of lights it is controlling as long as the lights support it, correct?
What uses are the A19s that I have if I were to switch to a smart switch vs light? I have a few of them do actually like having the ability to control the color of white light they produce. If I went with a smart switch like the Inovelli, could I still use them and still control the color?
So now for the opinion piece, would I have been better off going with a smart switch controlling dumb lights?
So, that's my personal experience so far. Hopefully I wasn't too scattered about with my thoughts.
Great community Hubitat has here, glad to be a very, very small part of it.