Originally Posted by MinHeadroom
Okay, i love it! This approach is entirely unorthodox by home automation standards, but i think it will work. Just to be clear, though, can you diagram it?
The “If I had installed 4 switches“ part I think I followed. Remind me if you have RGB or RGBW leds. RGBWw is also an option but I think this is less likely based on your description.
The second part I think I follow; Do you want to use the AC switch that is already in the wall (presently controlling mains load to Fibraro controller, allowing you to control whether you’re led lights are being driven (e.g. making light). Am I getting that right?
If I’m right on the second part, and you want to do this unorthodox approach that I think will work, here are my thoughts: by your description there are three or four DC loads going from the from Fibraro to the LED strip, and returning from the LED strip to the Fibraro is one DC negative line (possibly referred to as the Ground).
If that is the case, I recommend you use the negative line, possibly referred to as the ground line, that typically runs between the LED strip and the controller. Put that on an on-off switch (not dimmer). This way, your controller is always powered, all of the outputs on your controller will continue to connect to all of the inputs on the LED strip, and you can control whether all of the LEDs are on or not without the controller being any wiser (unless it has relay activity, but that is getting into a niche home automation rabbit hole that I think you are trying to avoid).
Well, unconventional works in this case. I will try to explain what I did, but the end result is that it works exactly like I want it to. I hope I didn’t do anything to mess anything up. Here’s what I did.
-disconnected the line power coming from the electrical box outside from the switch that is near the door so no 120 power was running to the switch.
-disconnected the neutral from all the other neutrals.
-hooked the black wire to the bottom line in on the switch
-hooked the white neutral wire to the top load side of the switch (both the black and white 14-2 wire plus the ground go into the audio closet and controlled the outlet in the closet that I originally had planned to plug the 120 to 24v converter into to switch it on and off)
-hooked the black wire in the closet to the power out side of the converter
-hooked the white wire to the black wire that goes directly to the LED strips
-plugged the converter into an outlet that is on all the time
-use the switch to turn the power on and off directly to the LED strips
The fibaro is connected to the converter as well. And then all the led wires are connected to the fibaro accept the black power cable.
I hope that makes sense and I hope I didn’t do anything wrong. I am certainly NOT an electrician but this is what made sense to me.
I don’t know what the negative line is you refer to as the black wire in my configuration carries power and that is what was indicated in the electrical diagram they sent with the fibaro.
Now when I walk out of the room, I hit the switch and the LEDs turn off but the fibaro still gets power. Hope this explains it!