I’ve just dipped my toe into WebThings by buying a single LIFX wifi bulb and so far I’m impressed with the ease with which it detected and controls the bulb. So, I’m now thinking ahead to making some of this tech more integral to my home lighting.
The thing is, while controlling bulbs remotely is great, it seems to me for 90% of situations the traditional low-fi-switch-on-a-wall controls are just fine, and there is an obvious flaw of just having a wifi bulb on it’s own which either renders the wall switch or wi-fi control useless, as my gf is keen to point out. A few google searches confirm this is a reasonably common issue (and that the fairer sex are particularly tuned in to this!) but solutions seem to be fairly unique depending on the smart home tech in play.
So, I need a WebThings compatible smart wall switch which is aware of and can control the bulbs current state / properties, even if not all available properties (i.e. can switch on or dim but doesn’t necessarily need to control the colour pallette.
After some searching I’ve found a Z-wave Plus compatible switch from MCO that I really like because it a) looks the bees knees (the Philips Hue dimmers look hideous in my opinion); b) is compatible with UK light switch wiring; and c) claims to support scenes (though exactly how I don’t quite get because it’s not clear what gesture(s) are used to go beyond binary control)
My question is how easily could this smart switch be integrated with bulbs using WebThings? Even if I could just get it to work in a binary sense that would probably make me (and my gf) happy enough to give it a try, if it could control one or more scenes as well that would be a bonus.