[quote=“frichter09, post:8, topic:169349”][quote=“michaelk, post:6, topic:169349”]I’m so NOT a goverment regulation lover- but i wish the feds would step in and make standards for CFL’s, LED’s, whatever, and dimmers so they all play nice. It’s annoying as (pick your favorite word) that you have to go to the home center and spend 20 minutes reading bulb boxes to get the Bulb you want- then find it doesn’t work anyway and need to spend an hour on the net researching.
anyway- seems the evolve is the way to go- just looking for confirmation.
also- does anyone know if they do “instant” status updates to vera?[/quote]
I just bought a the evolve dimmer. Also I bought a bunch of different LEDs (PAR38). Basically I got all the different types available at Lowes and Home Depot.
What can I say, the Evolve dimmer switch is EXCELLENT!!! I am able to dim all of the different LEDs I have bought. Even if I only dim one LED, it still works great! The dimmer does not have instant status, but Vera is polling the device frequently so the status gets updated every 1-2 minutes in the dashboard.
Only Leviton and Cooper switches support instant update and they are 2 - 3x the cost of the Evolve.
Great fact about the Evolve: they support secure communication, so if you have door locks, they will act as a repeater for this secured communication. I have two locks and this was the reason why I actually got the Evolve dimmer.
I definitely recommend the Evolve Dimmer!
Hope this helps,
thanks for the feedback. The “instant” status is an odd bird with vera. Leviton and Cooper have whatever patented flavor there is- earlier the first few versions of ACT had it too (apparently they stopped due to legal activity?).
Yet sometimes vera can figure out instantly with others what is going on (and other times not). I have ACT’s from original installs and love the instant status (can use one switch to instantly turn on many lights). But I also have some other brands. In my bedroom I have a GE switch that runs one light and a wallwart on another light. I use the GE switch to also turn on/off the wallwart. Sometimes it’s an instant match- to the point that i tweaked the ramp rates to match and they are seamless. Other times I turn the GE on or off and it’s like .5 to 2 minutes before vera figures it out and changes the walwart’s status.
(I dont poll crazy often so as not to make a mess on the network- tried that- not good- lol. So seems that sometimes the GE is giving instant status and other times it needs to wait till the next poll to give it’s status.)
It isn’t needed everywhere but it’s just nice to have that feature in all my stuff. But I’m not planning to spend hundreds per switch (along with other reasons). So looks like maybe the next batch of things I move to z-wave will use evolve.