Had this typed up yesterday, forgot to press Reply
Yeah you sent me down the rabbit-hole lol.
Honestly it was just a way for the marketing team (aka: me) to come up with something that was easy for people to remember. Rather than calling it a Smart Dimmer with On/Off Lighting Capabilities, it was just easier to call it a 2-1.
The disadvantage of just calling it a dimmer is what @PreZ mentioned:
There are bulbs out there that can’t be dimmed and if you had one of those bulbs, you’d immediately disregard this switch and try to find an On/Off switch.
I know you, me and everyone in this discussion (and arguably most of our demographic of power users) understand that dimmer switches can turn on/off a bulb because they can set the ramp rate to instant, but that’s oftentimes not something a new person inherently knows, so we have to use vernacular that they’re familiar with, which would be that the switch can turn on/off lights and can be used with
This is a perfect example actually and I think @MRobi outlined my thoughts perfectly:
This is the predicament I’m always in and it’s very difficult. I, like you guys, am a power user who enjoys technology. I love the intricacies of the switches and everything you can do with them from a customization standpoint.
And 99% of the time, I actually agree with you all in your pushback. It’s just how do I balance what I agree with you on, with what I believe the mass market understands and is used to. Most of the time, it’s a fairly easy solution, but sometimes, like this one, it’s not.
In fact, believe it or not, I am equally as upset at the manufacturer for pulling a cloak and dagger on us with the On/Off not being like our Gen 2 that was able to control an inductive load (still not 15A, but whatever). I agree this was a missed opportunity and when we caught onto the fact that it wasn’t like the Gen 2’s, it was too far down the path that it would’ve delayed the project at least another 6 months and we would’ve had to play the dancing game with them over pricing and why there was a miscommunication, etc.
So, I had to not only think about what the target market was for this switch, but where we wanted to be (mass market – which is one of the main reasons this switch was created in Zigbee). Our target market is you guys, the enthusiasts who appreciate all the small details and love home automation and won’t settle for an average product. But the mass market target isn’t like that. They just want a switch that can remotely control their lights and they think that’s cool enough. I remember being in awe when I could press a button on my smart phone and my light bulb came on… like I thought that was the coolest thing. Of course, I’ve grown since then and know what to look for in a product and understand that not all products are created equal. But the point is I had to start somewhere.
This is why I chose to keep the On/Off vernacular in the title and putting in the disclaimers at the top about it being for lighting only. For people who are simply trying to find a switch to turn on/off their lights, be it dimming or on/off.
Hope that sheds some light (pun intended).