Wiki | Red Series Dimmer Switch

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Overview

The Red Series Dimmer Switch is a Z-Wave enabled smart switch introduced in November 2019 by Inovelli. It is the flagship product, and higher-end version of the Black Series Dimmer Switch with additional features such as notifications, scene control[1], and power monitoring. As of 2021, the switch is sold in both single and 10 packs across the US and Canada with over 80k units sold.

The first-generation of the Red Series Dimmer Switch was not known by its current name, but rather it was simply called a, “dimmer switch with scenes” (NZW31-S). The same premise held true in that extra features were added to this switch above and beyond the base version (NZW31). This switch was launched in December 2017 and discontinued in December 2018 due to a conflict with Inovelli’s first manufacturer.

The second-generation (current) opened for pre-orders on Super Bowl Sunday 2019 with an entirely new look from a hardware standpoint and a completely revamped firmware becoming the first Inovelli product built from scratch with a brand new manufacturer. The goal of this switch was to provide a product that was fully customizable and could be installed in almost any situation. The switch was officially launched in November 2019 after significant delays and quickly became the top SKU of the Inovelli portfolio.

Both generations are powered by Z-Wave’s 500 Series chipset and in 2021, Inovelli has expressed interest in upgrading the second-generation to the 700 Series chipset to match their Fan/Light switch. However, they are still pursuing a timeframe and cost.


First Generation

The original Red Series switch was announced in Q3 2017. At the time, it was not known as the Red Series, but rather it was marketed as a, "dimmer switch with scenes". During 2017, Inovelli was known more for creating and selling smart plugs (indoor and outdoor) and switches were a new territory. The manufacturer Inovelli used at the time had an abundance of white-label products that were sold by competitors and looked identical to most switches in the market. Inovelli took these white-label switches and tweaked the firmware to make it unique and catered towards the power-user. In its one year run, the first-generation Red Series Dimmer Switch sold over 10k units in the US and Canada.

About

Make: Inovelli
Model #: NZW31-S
Amazon ASIN: 5T-LN1F-EDKP
UPC: N/A
Project Name: N/A
Status: Discontinued (Replaced by: Gen 2)
Important Info: Manual, Wiring Schematics

Specifications

Hardware

Features

  • Technology: Z-Wave Plus
  • Z-Wave Chip: 500 Series
  • 3-Way Compatibility: Works only with a dumb (existing) on/off switch (no dimming)
  • 4-Way Compatibility: Works only with a dumb (existing) on/off switch (no dimming) and Line/Load must be in the same box
  • Z-Wave Scene Enabled: Add up to 10 Z-Wave Scenes (ie: multi-tap to trigger a scene/routine directly from the switch)
  • Accessories Included: White & Almond Faceplates/Paddles and a Neutral Wire Jumper

Specs

  • Neutral Wire Required: Yes
  • Max Wattage: See below – maximum will vary based on bulb type and whether the heat sink tabs are removed or not
    • Heat Sink Tabs Not Removed: 500W Incandescent, 150W LED
    • One (1) Side Heat Sink Tabs Removed: 400W Incandescent, 150W LED
    • Two (2) Sides Heat Sink Tabs Removed: 300W Incandescent, 150W LED
  • Power: 120V AC, 60 Hz
  • Operating Temperature: 32-104 °F (0-40 °C)
  • Signal Frequency: 908.42 MHz
  • Range: Up to 100 meters line of sight between the Wireless Controller (Hub) and the closest Z-Wave Module
  • Indoor/Outdoor Use: Indoor use only.

Firmware

The latest iteration of firmware for the NZW31-S was for the date-code 0818. However, if you’re looking to update to the latest firmware, please reach out to Inovelli first as there was a separate SDK used before April 2018 and if the wrong firmware file is used, it will brick your switch.

Charts to come – a lot of information was lost in transition between manufacturers.

Parameter Chart
Command Class
Association Chart

Certifications

Compatible Hubs

List out compatible hubs in a table and hyperlink to a brand new page that has setup instructions, code needed (if any), etc -- this way community members who specialize in those hubs can edit those specific pages.

Known Issues

List out any known issues and what was done for a resolution. Make each issue an h3 so it will have its own anchor text that can be linked to.

Second Generation

The original Red Series switch was announced in Q3 2017. At the time, it was not known as the Red Series, but rather it was marketed as a, “dimmer switch with scenes”. During 2017, Inovelli was known more for creating and selling smart plugs (indoor and outdoor) and switches were a new territory. The manufacturer Inovelli used at the time had an abundance of white-label products that were sold by competitors and looked identical to most switches in the market. Inovelli took these white-label switches and tweaked the firmware to make it unique and catered towards the power-user. In its one year run, the first-generation Red Series Dimmer Switch sold over 10k units in the US and Canada.

About

Make: Inovelli
Model #: LZW31-SN
Project Name: Lights Out
Status: In Market
Important Info: Manual, Wiring Schematics, UL Listing

Product Inspiration

Talk about distinctive features, what inspired us to create this -- overall thought that was put into the project.

Specifications

Hardware

Features
Specs

Firmware

The current production firmware of the Inovelli Red Series Dimmer is 1.48, whereas the current beta version is 1.52. For a full change-log, please click

here.

For specific parameters, command classes, and association groups, please see the links below:

Features
List all the features and what they do.
Change-Log

List out below the various versions and what was changed in each.

Version 1.35 - Production

Overview + Show what was changed

Version 1.36 - Beta

Overview + Show what changed in prior versions + what changed in this version

Certifications

Compatible Hubs

List out compatible hubs in a table and hyperlink to a brand new page that has setup instructions, code needed (if any), etc -- this way community members who specialize in those hubs can edit those specific pages.

Known Issues

List out any known issues and what was done for a resolution. Make each issue an h3 so it will have its own anchor text that can be linked to.

See Also

  • Comparison of Red vs Black Series
  • Comparison of all switches


Sources:
[1] Limited scene control available on Black Series starting with firmware version 1.52 (Beta)

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