July 30, 2015
As much as we love Aeon Labs micro switches, they can be a pain to install. Here are the 3 key ingredients for a quick and easy set-up of the switches:
Like with any Z-Wave switch, you will need a neutral connection in each gang box to properly install the micros. Speaking of wiring, if you are looking to install the on/off micro switches in a 3-way setting, use the diagram below (anything else you find in the manuals or online will bring you nothing but trouble).You will need both line and load in the master gang box for the 3-way installation to be successful.Last but not least, here are a few useful programming adjustments to get the most functionality out of your Aeon Labs micro switches:
- Parameter 120 = 1 set as default for on/off toggle mode OR 0 for momentary switch- Parameter 3 = 1 for overload protection- Parameter 80 = 1 to report status change - controller immediately shows status change if you turn the switch on or off manually
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below!
February 10, 2017
Hi Brent, good question! Just like with any Z-Wave switch, it can be associated with other devices in your network and can be controlled with a virtual add-on switch like the LTM-5 or a Z-Wave scene controller. So you can hide the relays behind a dry wall and decide where and how you want to add local control for them with Z-Wave scene controllers.
February 09, 2017
Do you have to connect these to a traditional switch or can you have them controlled by scene controllers / other zwave devices?
February 07, 2017
Hi David, even though Aeotec publishes the live diagrams as an option, we don’t recommend implementing them because in the long run it may damage the switches anyway. If you’re having issues with reliable control, we would try disconnecting the module from the 3-way and see if you can control it from SmartThings as a single-pole to see if the wiring plays a part here.
February 05, 2017
This was really helpful, I have wired mine up slightly differently (using a 3 way live implementation but it all works except for the fact that i cant seem to reliably turn it off from smartthings. thoughts on what might be the cause?
December 02, 2016
Hi Ann! The Vision dual relay can be connected in a 3-way without live wiring just as shown in the Aeotec diagram. So the most important thing to check for is that you have neutral, ground, line, load, and traveler all in one box. We have a dedicated wiring diagram for the Vision module so feel free to email us about it!
November 26, 2016
I have a quick question: can I hook up one of your dual relay to control a 3-way switch?
May 27, 2016
Thanks for the question! Dimmers will not work in a 3-way configuration because they are based on the push-button mechanism. So even if you replaced regular switches with momentary, you would still not be able to use a dimmer in this configuration.
We recommend replacing your traditional switches with Z-Wave in-wall dimmers to execute a 3-way configuration. We write more about the process here:
Let me know if that was helpful!
May 24, 2016
Does the 3/4-way wiring differ for the dimmer modules? Specifically, would I connect load and line to the dimmer module and then use momentary switches in place of the toggle switches in the diagram above? Have you or anyone else got that working? Thanks in advance!
February 17, 2016
Hi Matthew, each hub has a different home automation software with a unique way to adjust settings for each device. Some controllers do not allow users to change parameters within the interface so if you are not seeing the option to adjust parameters in device settings, we recommend contacting Harmony’s support for more info on how to address the issue. Sorry we could not be of more help here!
February 04, 2016
Parameters? How do I set these parameters? I noticed that my Harmony Home Hub Extender doesn’t seem to recognize state changes when I flip a wall switch manually. It looks like parameter 80 might be the key to this.
December 28, 2015
Thanks for tip #1. I was going out of my mind.
October 01, 2015
Andrew, thanks for the question. If you only have one bulb per switch, we would not recommend using the micro switch with an 8W bulb. You would be better off replacing the in-wall switch with one of the newer GE switches which all work well with low-voltage lights:
The micros may work well for a while but there is a good chance they will eventually fail under an 8W load. I hope that helps!
September 30, 2015
Does the 20W requirement apply to all of these? I run all LEDs (non dimmable) that are around 8W. Would any of the models here work? I am not interested in dimming, just on/off.
March 14, 2017
We get a lot of inquiries from Wink users trying to connect Z-Wave devices which should "technically" work with their hub but are not listed on the device list in the Wink hub.
You can include most on/off Z-Wave products to Wink and Wink 2, including light switches, plug-in modules, dimmers, and even multi-channel devices such as our popular Zooz Power Strip which allows you to control 5 outlets individually.
Since Wink's support is not very obvious on how to include these "generic" Z-Wave devices to your network, we created this step-by-step guide with easy-to-follow instructions and screenshots to make everything super clear.
We hope it helps you enjoy your Z-Wave system even more!
September 14, 2016
The Fibaro Dimmer 2 has been available in Europe for quite some time and listed on the Fibaro US website as “coming soon” for too many months to count. Fibaro has made several of their Z-Wave devices available in the states (RGBW controller, Motion sensor, Flood sensor, etc.) and all of them have generally been well received. The company really does set a high standard for quality home automation devices. So, with that being said, does the Dimmer 2 live up to the Fibaro name and was it worth the wait? Read on to find out if this device stands out in the crowded IoT market.
The size of the Dimmer 2 quite a bit smaller than the Aeon Labs Micro Dimmer (the competing US in wall dimmer). This will make it a little easier to fit into your switch box. One thing that sets this device apart is that it has two switch ports (labeled S1 & S2). There are a couple different uses for the second switch port, so it is a great addition to have. Read more
July 15, 2016
For those of us interested in home automation, this might be a familiar scenario: You’ve bought that new 4-in-1 sensor you’ve wanted for a while, and rush to unwrap the package like a kid on Christmas Day. Then you insert the batteries and make your way to your SmartThings hub to include it into your network. And then the disappoint descends: it’s a sensor that’s new on the market, and it’s more complicated than a simple on/off device. It will probably take a while before SmartThings provides official support for it. So how do you include a Z-Wave device to your hub if it's not on the list?
This is where custom device handlers come in: community members will often develop their own code to be able to use new devices with SmartThings. They usually publish them on development platforms like GitHub and then post a link to the code on the SmartThings forum. But they don’t always include instructions on how to install the custom device handler and assign it to the device. The average user may think it’s a complicated process, when in fact it’s quite simple! Read more