wireless smart home

Z-wave dimmer helps us with our home atmosphere

Choosing the wireless protocol we will implement in our house is just one of many decisions we need to make when starting out on our first smart home automation project. Rather than the wireless protocol, most people still choose a system, and then need to search for devices that work with it. Either way, there is a good chance that our smart home system will also support Z-Wave, as one of its embedded wireless communications methods.

Dim the lights to change the atmosphere

What is a Z-Wave? It is an RF-based wireless signal, often used by home automation and lighting control systems, to connect different smart devices in our home. It runs on the 908.42MHz frequency band, which means it will not experience interference from our cordless phone or a microwave. On the market, there are about 1,200 products that use this protocol. Z-Wave products create so called mesh network. The more of them we have, the stronger and more reliable our network is.

The Z-Wave product that people most commonly use for their smart home systems is a wireless dimmer or wireless light switch (that still needs to be “wired” to our electrical system). A Z-Wave dimmer or a light switch of the sort, will allow us to control a whole house full of lights, with just the press of a button on a remote or an app.

The market offers a wide variety of Z-Wave switches and dimmers. Some only do very basic on/off functions, while others include comprehensive keypad commands and are designed for variable speed control of ceiling fans. A thing to keep in mind when selecting a Z-Wave dimmer is to ensure that it is compatible with the lighting load that we plan to use, as not all dimmers can work with, for instance, LED lights. If we want to be sure it will serve us for long period of time, regardless of our choice of lighting, we should select a phase-adaptive dimmer, which will function with anything.

Conect Dimmer to Z-wave

Dual or triple dimmer switch

If we want to wirelessly control more lights at the same time, we have a choice of double or triple dimmer switches, which are the perfect solutions for controlling and creating different levels of lighting.

Flush 2 Relay, designed by Qubino, is a device that controls an on/off function for two electrical devices (door locks, door openers, fans, etc.) or lights. This smart home dimmer measures power consumption of the connected device and can be also combined with a digital temperature sensor. It supports push-button/momentary switches and toggle switches. Its connection with a digital temperature sensor allows us to create complex scenes and control any device relative to a set temperature range. It also acts as a Z-Wave repeater to improve the range and stability of the Z-Wave network, is amazingly small and fits all types of flush mounting boxes worldwide.

1000 watt dimmer switch

Have you ever brushed your hand up against a dimmer switch and noticed that some of them get extremely hot? It usually means that it could be overloaded and could in some cases create a fire hazard.

To figure out if our dimmer switch is overloaded, we can add up the wattage of all the connected lights and compare the sum to the rating of the device. Most of them are rated for 600 watts (the rating can be found right on the front of the dimmer switch, underneath the cover plate). In case we need more wattage, we can install special dimmer switches, suitable for higher wattages, which are not even all that uncommon. On the market we can find some that are rated for 1000 watts each, and don't take up any more room in an electrical box than a standard 600 watt ones.