A common configuration for smart homes is the use of an Inovelli dimmer with a Smart Bulb. However wiring such a configuration is not always obvious. In the included diagram several configurations are provided as a example.
To help understanding the diagrams a few concepts are important.
Association control path:
The Red inovelli dimmers have the capability to create associations with some other smart devices (could be a switch or a smart bulb etc)
Simply put an association is a Z-Wave communication path directly between the dimmer and target device (smart bulb etc). Directly is meant literally. The association communications do not require the Hub to be involved. So if the hub were off for some reason the dimmer to smart bulb association will remain operational.
The capability of this association is determined by the combined capabilities of the dimmer and target device. Typically ON/OFF and Dim control are available via association.
Having an association does not preclude using the normal dimmer to hub commutation.
Dimmer Internal Relay
The inovelli Red dimmer has an internal relay that when disabled will provide power out of the “LOAD” terminal 100% of the time regardless of the switch “position”. Using this relay capability it can be easy to switch between a Smart Bulb and a Normal (not so smart) bulb. No wiring is changed only the enable / disable of the relay needs to be changed.
I hope this helps folks understand and use these capabilities.