I have been a Homey user for quite a while now. I’m still in the process of slowly but steadily making my home a smarter home. My next project is going to make ALL my wall outlets smart to 1) be able to manage my home in detail and b) to measure individual power consumption.
From my own research, it seems like that I have two options:
Go for a built-in single or double switch like the ones from Fibaro.
Buy a bunch of smart Zwave wall plugs, either Fibaro or from a different brand.
My question to you: does on of the above options have a clear advantage above the other besides the obvious costs and the time to install. I’m actually more interested in whether one of these options would further improve the quality of the Z-Wave network more than the other.
FWIW - my context:
House is roughly 170 square meters and has a ground and first floor.
I’m on an updated (stable version) version of first gen Homey
30-something devices, mostly Fibaro Z-wave light switches and motion sensors
I have to replace the wall plates of my lights and power outlets anyway (because the girlfriend told me so
@FKey - I remember reading about the 30cm, too. I have just walked through the house and luckily, my power outlets seem to consist of either 1 or 2 outlets in about 95% of the cases. So I should be able to connect the units with two outlets to one double fibaro switch. Is my assumption correct?
@Erwin_De_Jong - good point on the meshing capability of the smart plugs. I actually did not think about the option to combine the a few smart plugs with the built-in wall switches. That’s maybe even a better option then going only-plugs or only-switches.
I don’t particularly like the looks of smart plugs in all wall outlets. The built-in switches just make the house look cleaner IMHO -but then again, taste is subjective? But I could consider to use plugs for those outlets who are out of sight.
Off-topic: Last but not least, for those who are reading this topic, I do already have one location in my house where I had to combine two dimmers with roughly 20 centimetres between each other. This has been working smoothly for the last two years or so. I probably wouldn’t recommend it but I also don’t want folks to go into panic mode because they have units within 30 centimetres from each other
I think you also have to keep in mind that most wall outlet switches, like the ones from Fibaro, are limited to a certain maximum power consumption (see the device specification). Especially the Fibaro Double switch. It would be possible to plug a high consumption device, like a water boiler, a coffee machine or a fryer for example, which may lead to dangerous situations…
I’m not sure I would put switches in all sockets if you do not know what will be plugged into it. It’s an old thread, but look into the answers in the following thread, especially about the different kind of loads (inductive/capacitive/resistive) with regard to what load the socket will eventually allow: https://forum.fibaro.com/topic/16263-fibaro-wall-plug/
Personal experience shows that a washer that should be supported with regard to maximum loads would shut the plug off.