So, smart bulbs are great. I love the color and even better scene flexibility. We plan to deploy many more...
Problem: house guests can't simply use switches to turn lights on an off, and I have so many smart rooms, creating not only custom commands to enable someone's voice to turn lights on and off is cumbersome, guests don't know what any of those are... Worse, without a phone on my network, and without a listening device in most rooms, guests have zero control over lights.
I have over a dozen Caseta smart switches. They're awesome because I can easily turn on or off or dim any room the same as humans have done for a hundred years, by touching a switch. No intelligence required, no listening device in every room needed. Yet I can also use the app on my phone, voice, and more. Best of both worlds. But as I found out, Smart switches and smart lights really do not play well together. If the switch is off, the lights can't respond. if the lights are off, and the switch on, the switch does nothing.
Nanoleaf needs to help here! PLEASE, make a switch replacement (in wall) that works like a smart switch on one level, and a touch remote on another. Now, the "key" here is it doesn't actually turn the lights on and off, it would just be an input to send the lights tied to it via thread protocol the signal to switch to a particular scene or setting. Or even to signal a Siri shortcut or amazon routine, etc. Better still would be on/off and a dimmer slider, but touching on multiple times could cycle pre-chosen favorite scenes for that room (allowing one to be set as default, or even better a different default for each time of day). The lights would still be app and voice controlled, but the switch adds that layer that allows my parents and other guests to operate lights without needing to know all my commands or be in a room with a smart speaker.
Of course, still having true physical on-off for the power in the fixture would still be a requirement as well, so holding the off button for say 5 seconds, instead of just pushing the off button, would need to cut power. One has to be able to safely change bulbs at some point. Of course, perhaps easier to handle is a battery powered stick-on wall plate, but those are both tacky and also have to deal with battery replacement. Its better if it's a true switch replacement. This would also permit zero-draw options so lights could for example be truly off when no-one is home and not sapping small power draw to be listening for commands.
Such a device is easily worth $40-60 for each replaced switch depending on features it has to me. If you make one, I can deploy DOZENS more nano leafs than I have ability to do so today.
While at it, an option to have proximity sensors in those wall switches would be fantastic, especially for bathrooms, garages, etc. So lights turn on (or more conveniently off) based on the presence of a person.
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