Smart Home

Z-Wave dimmers and switches: lighting controlled with sensors

Z-Wave dimmers and switches - Z- wave connection minimize the importance of brand as it provide compatibility between brands.

Z-Wave dimmers and switches : We make this smart with so-called built-in modules, also called actors, who work through Z-wave. These modules are placed behind the switches in the wall, in junction boxes or in other places where the switching of the lamp can be done. We use different actors, depending on the specifications of the lamp or the LED driver. With our partner in the field of home automation installations, home automation HUGE, we looked at the exact specifications of each driver, fixture and lamp to determine which actor best suits it.

Z-Wave dimmers and switches

The most commonly used actor in our setup will be the Fibaro Dimmer 2, probably supplemented in several cases with a bypass because the connected LED lamps have a very low wattage. The bypass ensures that lamps do not flicker and that the dimmer functions as it should. The Fibaro Dimmer 2 makes it possible to dim all linked lamps, physically with a pulse switch or by means of home automation. In addition, you can connect a second pulse to the Dimmer 2 that can be assigned a function that you can set yourself, about which more later.

For lamps that do not have a dimming function, such as the ceiling lamp in the technical room, we use a Fibaro Single Switch. This simply switches the lighting on or off and also has an extra input for a second pulse. We use the Fibaro RGBW controller for the LED lighting that is controlled by our own drivers, including the LED strips under the canopy and carport. With this you can dim the LED strips and, if desired and possible, set the colors.

Finally, there will be a number of separate lamps in the house, for example a standing lamp in the living room and two lamps next to the bed in the bedroom. These lamps are linked to a smart plug. The model and brand are not of great importance here, as long as they communicate via Z-Wave. You can use the plugs from Fibaro, Aeotec and Qubino, among others. If you want to use a smart lamp for these types of lamps, that is also possible. Lighting from Philips Hue, Innr, IKEA and Action, among others, can be linked directly or via a hub with Homey.