Went with the White series Aux switches for consistency of look and feel. Had to completely re-wire a crazy 3-way with 4 separate loads in the middle, but once I got my head around what the previous owner had done I was able to get it working. The White Aux switches work perfectly with my Blues in two separate 3-way setups and one 4-way setup, and they look great, too.
I have GE add-on switches on all my N-way circuits because I wanted them to have the same center-resting position as the smart switches around them for consistent appearance, and to keep the functions intuitive - up for on, down for off. Those switches are mostly tied to motion sensors, so the function is less important than the appearance, as we rarely touch them.
None of my 3-/4-ways are connected to my Inovelli switches, just because they aren’t the locations where I was interested in advanced features, and because when I installed them I was sticking with toggle switches as I upgraded a location or two at a time - so I didn’t really have the option of keeping the dumb switches at the time I installed them, but I would have replaced them regardless, for the reasons above.
I’ve gone with the Aux switches for several reasons. First, I like that I can dim from any switch. Quite frequently, the switch that needs to be the smart switch (incoming power) is not in a convenient location. Having the aux switches means that the switch viewed as the primary switch can dim.
Second, I’ve had guests and relatives get confused when I had dumb switches. Turning the switch on could leave the light dimmed, and then there would be confusion as to how to brighten the light. When my mother-in-law lived with us, she would still get confused after several years.
And while this discussion isn’t about the smart/smart configuration, if the Zigbee network is down, I know that the Aux switches will work as expected.
Similar to what has been stated, consistent look and feel but also I think it is easier to wire, I have a couple of 4 way switches and that wiring used to give me a headache but the Aux switches made it simple to hookup because they only use the red and white/common.
PS: Wish list, having the LED bar as an option for Aux switches that replicates what the primary is showing. Would make it perfect for certain areas.
I’m using a combo of aux switches and also doubling up on inovelli blues bound together. I prefer the look of having the two Blues in certain areas and then in others, it doesn’t really matter. Either setup, is so that I have control of the dimming level from both locations.
I am using dumb switches in 2 of my current 3ways because nothing else was available at the time as there is no nutral there. But they are going to be changed over to all blue smart switches. I still have several i need to install. Just been pocratinating. Otherwise i am using all blue in 4 of my 3ways so far and also in a 4way dimmer configuration. Why? Because i want them to be uniform. I like that they all look the same.
Now i did have to rewire every box as i did not have a neutral in them except for one location in each setup. So i reused the 3way wire and rewired them to all have power and neutral. And linked them together. All are in dimmer mode but instant on and off so i do not hear the clicking on and off. Bothered my wife.
I love the blues and cant wait to remodle our bathroom when the blue fan switches come out.
I have a single smart switch in my house. It is part of a multi-way circuit with other dumb switches that controls the lights in the hallway at the top of the stairs. It drives me crazy right now that if the light is dim, I can’t make it brighter without going up the stairs to where the smart switch is installed. I assume with the aux I could do a “hold up to increase brightness” or something that could address this?