Is there a recommended remote control to use with this device? If not a 2.4ghz that “speaks its language”, maybe a (reasonably priced) z-wave/zigbee remote I can pair with SmartThings to turn the fan/lights on and off?
Just one of many use cases:
Your partner is sleeping so voice command is not an option, now you have to leave the bed to use the wall switch, which kind of defeats the purpose of a smart switch.
Get a button like the ST button. Use pushed for one function and held for the other.
You got me thinking… to simulate a traditional fan remote I will need 5 buttons:
- 3 buttons for speed (each speed button should turn the fan on - if not already on - and set the corresponding speed (1, 2 or 3).
- One button to turn the fan off.
- One last button to toggle the light state (between on and off).
A total of 5 buttons.
I just tested the Ikea 5 buttons remote and it pairs and works well with SmartThings.
Sounds like a good fit. All I need now is to get my hands on one LZW36.
I typically just use Pico remotes in most of our rooms for fan/light controls but I’m currently using a basic SmartThings button in my office. The magnetic bottom allows me to attach it to one of the metallic legs of my desk.
I realized I never really use the low setting so decided I only needed on/off, medium and high options for my fan.
Anyway, here us what I’m doing with just 3 buttons and the Rule Machine app on Hubitat:
Single press = toggle lights on/off
Double press = toggle fan on/off
Press and Hold = conditional action: If fan speed is on high, set to medium. Else, set to high.
That way, even if the fan is off and I’m not paying attention, if I press and hold it will just set itself to high.
Lutron remote is far more intuitive to guests but even with a 3 button you could control light and fan toggle as well as cycle all fan speeds with hold if you wanted.
Interesting what you did with the SmartThings button
You mentioned Lutron remotes, I’d love to use it but I don’t think they integrate with SmartThings, do they?
I don’t use them, but folks in the ST forum have had some success. Maybe not seamless, but they get them to work.
You could also just have a button that cycles through fan speeds. Not sure how to do that with ST, but with HA it would be pretty easy with some automations.
I love them, I even have a Lutron bridge, dimmer and two remotes I bought so I could experiment with them.
You are right, not seamless at all.
SmartThings cannot see the remotes so what people use a proxies.
Let’s say i have a pico controlling a light bulb. Now I can use the status of the light bulb to trigger something. I know when the “On” button was pressed because the proxy (light bulb) is turned on.
Now imagine if you have a tons of picos for fans and stuff like that. It can get pretty ugly.
If only someone had nice looking, versatile remotes like those using z-wave or zigbee man… life would be a lot easier (and they would make a lot of money I guess).
Anyway… I’m seriously considering Hubitat for this reason only.
That would be easy to achieve with SmartThings however going from max speed to a lower one may not provide the best experience. I won’t be sure if I went from 3 to 2 or 1 until after a couple of seconds have passed and the fan have slowed down enough for me to tell.