So here's the setup. I've got your typical living room circuit where a switch controls the top half of a few outlets so you can turn lamps on and off to light the room.
I want to set this up in a smart fashion so that I can use my Aeotec Nanomote Quad to control the lights from my couch.
To accomplish this, I have done the following:
- Install Jasco/GE dimmer switch where the previous single-pole switch was.
- Skip the switch and tie off the circuit so it's always energized. This means the GE dimmer switch has no effect whatsoever on the circuit itself. It's just a remote in the junction box.
- Install two Jasco/GE lamp dimmer boxes in the outlets that were previously controlled by the switch.
- Set up a Rule Machine rule set such that when I tap the 'Up' on the switch, it sets the lamp dimmers to 100%. When I tap 'Down', it turns the dimmers off using the standard 'Off' command.
I then have the Nanomote set to the following:
- Button 1: Set the lamp dimmers to 100%
- Button 2: Set the lamp dimmers to 10%
- Button 3: Toggle on/off for Lamp Dimmer 1
- Button 4: Toggle on/off for Lamp Dimmer 2
This works OK. But I'm sure I can do it better. When I tap Up on the dimmer switch, there's quite a delay on the lamp dimmers turning on that means for a moment I'm walking around in the dark. So I'd like to eliminate this delay, if possible.
I wired around the dimmer switch and didn't have the dimmer switch directly control the lamps for two reasons:
- I didn't want anyone to ever accidentally plug an appliance like a vacuum into an outlet controlled by the dimmer. So that meant either using a standard on-off switch or else just wiring around the switch entirely.
- Using the dimmer switch for both lamps would lose the independent per-lamp control.
So one option is to switch the dimmer out for a standard on-off Jasco/GE switch. This would turn the circuit on and the lamp dimmers would come back up to their last settings on power restoration.
The trick is that with this, the Lamp Dimmers are hopping on and dropping off the Z-Wave mesh as I toggle the switch. And I won't be able to remotely control the Lamp Dimmers until I turn on the wall switch and wait for the Lamp Dimmers to register themselves on the mesh.
Anyone else worked on a setup like this and found a good compromise of all variables?