Long story short, having smart bulbs and relays, but still using regular dumb wall switches is a big problem. It is something A LOT of people are trying to deal with around here. Especially since everyone wants to keep their original wall switches and frames to keep the look throughout the home.
Most solutions I have seen around here revolves around either 3D printing a frame for the Hue dimmer. This hurts my eyes, and is not something I can work with. Also my wall switches are dark grey / silver, so it certainly won’t look any better than this:
Alternatively, a company named Niko makes wall switches for Hue that fits our frames. However they also look ridiculous as they are based on Hue tap, and therefore need to be extremely thick and have awkward presses to work:
The final solution is the Logic Group Z-wave contacts called ZHC5010. These would obviously be the ideal solution, but the price to fill my home with these would probably mean I would have to sell my house, which kinda defeats the purpose. They are based on our standard low-voltage switches from Lauritz Knudsen, that basically every single home in Denmark have:
What have I tried?
-Bought a blebox InBox, that seemed to be able to do just what I need. Unfortunately, I did not manage to “hack” it to work outside their ecosystem: https://blebox.eu/en/products/32-inbox-wireless-button-module.html
-Tried to solder the PCB of a Hue dimmer to our standard switches, but that task is not easy at all, and unfortunately failed
-Tried to use a Shelly 1 with a standard 1 button switch in detached mode, to at least get a single button. Unfortunately I never got the MQTT to work with Homey, and it only supports simple clicks, no holds, releases, multi clicks etc for dimming/scenes.
My thoughts / needs:
So I would like some inspiration as to how I can achieve something as close to the ZHC5010 as possible, without getting absolutely robbed. I will need something that I use with our standard low voltage switches:
So this could for example be ESP8266 based where I just connect the buttons to GPIOs I assume?
I would really appreciate it if I could get something with all 4 buttons working, and where I could use single click, 2x, 3x, 4x, hold and release like the Hue dimmer etc. It doesn’t matter much for me whether it is something that will be on mains, battery or how it is connected. I just need to somehow be able to control my zigbee lights etc, that are currently paired directly to my Homey. As Homey supports MQTT and many other ways to interact, so it probably will not limit solutions too much.
Any help, inspiration, tips, insight etc. would be highly appreciated!