My inline switch and dimmer arrived from Amazon Saturday afternoon, and I was able to get it installed and integrated with my Raspberry Pi Z-Wave system in about 15 minutes time. I was surprised by how easy it was; the instructions for the Nexia bridge setup seemed more elaborate than what I had to do for my GPIO add-on. Once I plugged in the inline switch and pressed the button on the front, using the web interface installed on the Pi, I was able to add the device visible to the Z-Wave GPIO adapter. After the device was added, the control for the device appeared as seen in the image below:
The slider next to the off button is to control the brightness and the other buttons are self-explanatory. I placed the switch roughly 15 feet away from my Pi and the yellow percentage is the signal strength. The Z-Wave indoor range is 90 feet, so the 96% sounds about right at that distance.
Eventually I will add a couple light switches for the kitchen (such as image below) and on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/oup2zlx
The light switch is about $42 and I would like to replace three of the six dummy switches with the Z-Wave enabled switches, which are the light switches for the garage, overhead kitchen, and the porch light. The problem is that the current switches are the traditional/classic toggle switches and I will have to purchase dummy slap style switches to match the Z-Wave switches. $126 for the three Z-wave switches sounds a whole lot better than $252 to replace all the kitchen light switches.
Soon I will be uploading a video of the project in action.
HERE IT IS!
Z-Wave inline switch