Re: [WARNING] Controlling dumb lights from multiple switches
I actually can’t believe this isn’t a priority. I was under the impression this was a basic function before I purchased the switches. It should be clear that they don’t function this way and I imagine it will be a deal breaker for many. It would have been for me if it was clearer before I purchase. I run LIFX switches but “dumb” downlights. I planned heavily when I did my renovation but didn’t realise it didn’t have “2-way switching”. The FAQ says:
Q. Does LIFX switch support 2-way control? A. Yes, you can control the lights both with the LIFX Switch and with the LIFX app, as well as any other 3rd party integrations you have. (for clarity though conventional 2-way control isn’t supported)
That’s not very clear as using a button on a smart switch to control a button on another switch is definitely not conventional 2-way switching and it reads like you should be able to press a button anywhere and have it turn off any of the lights circuits you have connected at any other switch.
Also from the website: The LIFX Switch can also be used to control standard lights. A button can control on/off so you can set a schedule or a scene to include the dumb lights.
This is a not true. You cannot control dumb lights with a scene and if you create a schedule, you can only turn on all of the lights connected to the switch. You cannot control a button individually.
For example, I have a switch at the bottom of my stairs that controls my rumpus lights, stairs and study nook area. I wanted to be able to turn on/off only the lights to the stairs from the LIFX switch I have installed upstairs in my bedroom. The only way to do that is to control the whole switch which means when I press the button upstairs, it turns on (or off) all of the lights connected to that switch.
Please make sure you understand this before you go out and purchase these switches and don’t make the same mistake I did. I’m now stuck with this until LIFX fixes the problem as I didn’t wire my house for “conventional 2-way switching”.