Originally Posted by cdogg44
I'm jumping ship on my Harmony 1000 and have an 890 Pro on order. I want to add some Zwave to it, but nothing major.
My HT room, aka living room, has four can lights on a manual dimmer. I would like to put these on a Zwave dimmer so that when I hit "Play" or something they dim down and then turn off. I'd also like to add a few lamp modules and maybe a few basic on/off switches in the kitchen to make sure it turns those lights off as well.
What brand of Zwave devices do I need to buy. From your personal experience which brand was the best and worked better with an 890 Pro.
My home is brand new construction as well, but I'm not entirely sure if every switch has a neutral (I'd assume it does or maybe they don't, whatever code is now).
I have used the Leviton, ACT and just tried a Intermatic switch.
Intermatic and ACT are less expensive, around $40-50 each.
I had two ACT switches fail on me, both when they were installed in my garage. I put the intermatic in the garage, and so far it is fine. But, the intermatic was only there a few days when I left for vacation, so I will need a little more time before I decide it is OK, and I won't be back home until later in July.
The ACT and intermatic two ways do not require neutral, the ACT 3 way needs a neutral. The leviton 3 way does not require neutral.
The intermatic only is good for up to 300 watts, so four 75 watt lights would be at it's limit. Four 60 watt flood lights would be fine with it.
The Leviton seems to be nice, and does not require neutral. Also, it comes with different color buttons, so you can choose either white, ivory or another color (Biscuit?). It does not work like a normal switch, you push the bottom to toggle the light on and off, pushing the top does not do anything.
I bought a couple of Intermatic appliance modules, but have not used them yet.
Intermatic also makes an upscale line, "intouch" whose pricing is similiar to the Leviton stuff. Not sure if the act like a normal switch or not, and what their wiring requirements are.
If this was me, and 300 watts was enough, I would probably try the intermatics.
The only reason I bought the act's was they had some cool features I wanted. You can push the act twice, to control a different zone, it is the only switch I found that does this. So, it can be used as a switch and a wall mounted controller. But, you can't set it up this feature with a 890.
And then, I bought the leviton was because it did not require a neutral, for the 3 way switch.
What kind of lights are in the kitchen? If they are flourescents, then you can't use a dimmer. If you have halogen lights, then you need a special switch, and that will only work with a magnetic transformer, not an electric transformer.