What’s missing is a good quality, modern design, single gang scene controller with 6 or more buttons. Something that understands what it is (talks to hub, nothing more) and isn’t (a thing used without a smart hub, or that will have any idea what its LEDs should do other than what hub tells it to do).
I’m thinking of a design like the old Enerwave ZWN-SC7 or perhaps this thing or maybe the Lutron Pico keypad.
The switch would come with a few interchangeable keypad faceplates so you could configure it as one huge button, two very large buttons, four normal buttons, 6 smaller buttons, etc.
Switch would also come with stick-on labels that blend nicely with the switch.
Most importantly- there would be no ‘off’ button or ‘dim/bright’ buttons like Cooper or Leviton. Just buttons that activate scenes, ideally each with their own LED which would be controlled solely by the hub.
Note- this would NOT have any inbuilt load control. Just hot/neutral/ground for the thing to power itself.
- Primary function is scene controller. Each button reports single tap, double tap, triple tap, hold, release.
- All LEDs addressable by Z-Wave commands, much like current switches. Need an option to make LED white.
- Firmware option to put individual buttons in toggle mode. In toggle mode, pushing button once turns on LED and sends one scene, pushing again turns off LED and sends another scene. This is for compatibility with dumber hubs, or for controlling single loads simply.
- Buttons in toggle modes get association groups so the LEDs can react in a 3-way setup without needing a lot of hub logic and so device can simply control multiple loads without much programming.
Something like this would add flexibility for use cases like fans- just snap on the two-button faceplate, set both to toggle mode, and use micro modules to actually control the fan and light power.