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Old 20-06-2019, 09:43 AM   #891
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Thanks for sharing!

I've smart switch + dumb light & wireless switch + smart light. Smart light need to have power on all the time, if someone switch off at the dumb switch, automation will not work. From my experience, I prefer smart light over smart switch because (i) smart light can dim and change color temp (ii) my smart light works more reliably for automation than smart switch.
Is your place new and you have yet to renovate?

I've stayed in my place for more than 10 years so the home automation was retrofitted into existing fixtures so the majority are of option 1. The latest additions are a mixture of options 2 (the dumb light is not dimmable/colour changeable and just installed with Shelly 1 relay to make it smart) and 3. (wireless switches from Xiaomi and Ikea). I had to deal with the constraints of the existing fixtures for example I had 2 architrave switches that were not possible to replace. As I was already staying there and the false ceilings couldn't be touched due to WAF reasons.

Whatever your choice, install neutral wiring at the switches so you have flexibility later on. Anyway it is likely your needs are different as everyone has different requirements/budget so you have to consider your own use cases carefully.
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