Zigbee Fan Canopy Module | Project Cheryl

Project Zephyr is the code name for the fan switch: Smart Fan Switch (3-Speed Ceiling & On/Off Exhaust) – Inovelli

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First post here. I have one of the original fan and light switches in my living room. Bought it as a test and by the time I was happy with it, the chance to buy more was gone.

I understand there are going to be differences in how the new version of this works. Basically if I am reading it right everything will be handled in the canopy and via Z-wave association will be controlled from another switch.

My question is this, so far everything I have seen suggests the switch will just look like a regular red or blue series switch. If this is true this is disappointing because I really like the look and function of the original fan and light switch.

Please make a wall switch that looks like and functions like the original. I would love to install these through out the house. In my case each bedroom(x3) and kitchen, but all of these only have a single gang box and in some cases because of framing it would be physically impossible to install a double gang box. This was the only thing on the market that could work in a single box beside the dimmer and relay from zooz which is only on/off. Not to mention they don’t match the living room. I actually have one of the zooz double switches in the kitchen right now, and I basically never use that fan because it requires manually pulling the string to change the speed. They are great for bathroom exhaust fans tho!

You’re looking for project walt: Zigbee Button Controller + Dimmer Switch | Project Walt

It’s not out yet, but it will be configurable enough to fairly closely match the configuration/behavior of the original switch.

But it doesn’t look the same. From the mock ups there doesn’t appear to be one with side LEDs that go the length of the two buttons with a rocker on the side for dimming and speed control for the corresponding switch. This switch is just a very fancy scene controller. I like the dedicated look and feel of the light and fan switch and it does not feel like it will quite match the rest of the red and blue series line up that has the full length led. The rockers, push button, and led bars mean you have direct control over on/off, dimming/speed and an led indication of dim level and fan speed.

Also this is zigbee. I use z-wave almost exclusively for lighting control except for hue bulbs in my lamps. Yes I know that is technically zigbee but unless this works with hue…

None of these really match what we had. I’d have to pass on them altogether. And hope another option comes along before the living room switch dies. Sorry

Let me put it another way, as a scene controller sure, these are much nicer than the two zooz scene controllers I have, but if I had wanted that for fan and light control I could have just installed some other brand canopy controller and used the scene controller to control the fan via home assistant. And save some serious coin in the process.

Take a look at this design that is being worked on: Zigbee Button Controller + Dimmer Switch | Project Walt - #60 by Eric_Inovelli

That’s about as close as it looks possible to visually match the older Z-Wave fan/light switch combo.

These will bind directly to the canopy module which will allow them to function normally without depending on the hub for communication / translation leading to improved resilience and reduced latency.

There is a Z-Wave version in the works as well: Z-Wave 800 Series Button Controller + Dimmer Switch | Project Walt

Like what? Serious question, not rhetorical/snarky. I’ve been using the insteon Fan Link/button link system, but been wanting to switch to z-wave for years. So far I haven’t found any options to do so - this upcoming combination of canopy controller/button switch from inovelli is the first thing I have found (though apparently I managed to miss their old version…). If there are other options, I’d love to hear about them! :slight_smile:

There are no other z-wave options except the original fan and switch. And what they are working on isn’t going to change that in my opinion. If this new scene controller/switch works via association then in theory any scene switch could work with their module right?

I could accomplish right now, admittedly without z-wave association and it’s advantages, the same thing with a sonoff ifan04 canopy module, a zooz scene controller, and since the sonoff doesn’t do dimming, just on/off for the light, whatever smart bulbs I desire for dimming and tie it all together with home assistant. This would be a combination of wifi, z-wave, and whatever protocol the bulbs use. Find some z wave bulbs and even those could be done via association.

I want to be clear I’m not knocking inovelli, I love the original fan and light switch. It’s fit and finish for purpose is the best I have found. But what they are working on to replace it, from what I have read and seen, is not to the same caliber as the original. With the higher price their products demand it needs to set it’s self apart from anything else on the market. Those renderings of their configurable scene controller are not that, unfortunately.

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Project Update: It’s an Inovelli first… we are one month ahead of schedule with a production date set for January 18th, 2024 (target was mid-February)!

In addition, we’ve added some really cool features that were not promised in the original scope thanks to the beta testers.

Breeze Mode: Some of you may remember that we put Breeze Mode on our earlier version (alternates between low/med/high to simulate a breeze). Well, we took it a step further and now you can build your own breeze mode by putting in the levels and time associated with the levels.

Wind Down Mode: Gives you the ability to, “wind down” your fan. For example, if your fan is on high, you can set it to go to medium, then low, then off.

Dual Bindings: We’re also finishing up testing on a firmware update to the 2-1 Switch that allows you to bind both the paddle and config/favorites button so that you can bind the paddle to the light and the config/favorites to the fan. There are two options you can choose from for fan control: cycling and multi-tap. Cycling will make it so that every time you touch the config button, it will cycle through the speeds (ie: tap once = low, tap again = medium, tap again = high, tap again = off) whereas multi-tap allows you to tap 1x to turn it to low, tap 2x = medium, 3x = high, hold = off).

Looking forward to emailing everyone once these are officially in production!


Could I use the add-on switch to control this as well. I think that would work, but i can’t seem to see it mentioned anywhere in the thread so far…

Potentially if it is connected to the 2-1 switch; not directly to the canopy. @Eric_Inovelli - is anyone in the beta team have a 3 way setup for the canopy?

It could be done using say a Blue for the light and an add-on connected to the Blue for the fan if the bindings could be done that way.

I guess this is the closest to my scenario. I have dual switches (one light, one fan). I’ll have a blue for the light. I was hoping i could use the add on for the other switch, and hopefully directly bind it to the canopy module… or. worst case like you said bind to the blue 2in1 that is set up with a dual binding like single click, double, etc. I’d like to keep a switch for the fan for the simple operation, hence was hoping i could bind directly between the two. I’d hate to have to put a full 2nd 2in1 into the fan switch slot… seems like a waste of technology/money. we wouldn’t be using anything but the binding/link…

Aux switches don’t have the capability to bind. It’s slightly a bit smarter than a dumb switch. No fancy electronics. However, you could install an aux switch next to your 2-1 and setup scenes for tapping to control fan speeds. But that’s hub dependent.

What is the max fan load rating of this module? On the product page I see

Maximum Load - Fan (Amps): 1.2A

But in the manual I see

2.5 Amps - Not to exceed 2.5A resistive load.

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Looks like it says 1.2A fan (inductive) load, or 2.5A resistive load (like a light bulb)…

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You mean to tell me you read the manual?! Lol, jk. Thank you for reading it, I spent a lot of time on it. Apparently not enough to catch my mistake though haha.

It should be 1.2A for the fan portion.


There’s a manual?

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Read up three posts. It’s linked there.