Fibaro FGD-212 250 W Universal Dimmer : the module auto configured for both and I am happy with the units

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Great smart home tech which integrates well with smartthings. Great dimmer that is easy to install and very customisable. I link mine with smartthings and it works really smoothly (though needs a custom device handler). I have installed 6 and one was faulty so was a bit frustrating while working that out, but thankfully buying from amazon they sorted me out (fibaro support is useless). If at all possible i suggest aiming for a three wire installation since that way you should avoid needing to use the bypass device and it will also run more efficiently. If going for a 2-wire installation and you have leds then you must use a bypass otherwise you will find that the lights never turn off completely.

The module auto configured for both and i am happy with the units. I have two of these, paired with my smartthings uk hub running 2 cicuits of led gu10, one circuit is 3 x 7w dimmable leds and the other is 7 x 4w non dimmable leds, the module auto configured for both and i am happy with the units.

I’ve purchased this to run 4 spotlights in the living. I’ve purchased this to run 4 spotlights in the living room. They’ve been replaced with dimmbale led bulbs so i had to purchase the bypass too as the current would be too low to run without. Ive also hooked this up to samsung smartthings – which detected the dimmer but couldnt control it so had to use a custom device handler. I plan on buying several more now that ive proven the concept. Here are the specifications for the Fibaro FGD-212 250 W Universal Dimmer:

  • Works with LED Lamps
  • Power metering
  • Acts as a Z-Wave range extender. Compatible with any Z-Wave or Z-Wave+ Controller.
  • Dimmable LED lamps
  • Use with any dimmable light source up to 250W

Probably the best uk zwave dimmer – but needs extra unit to work with many leds. Several of these working well installed on 2 wire (no neutral) wall switch positions controlled with smartthings. Check out the smartthings forum for a device handler that works great with this model, the standard driver is for a previous model of dimmer and doesn’t support the 212 at this time (april 2016). Also, although it is very compact, it may not fit in your wall switch backbox unless you have very deep backboxes. I had to add the bg 817 backbox 10mm spacer to create room. With led bulbs i found i needed the fibaro bypass 2 add on as the leds were still glowing when switched ‘off”. I wish fibaro would include low current support in the dimmer out of the box.

Returned as not functional with veraplus controller.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Generally a back-box of 35mm or deeper is a bit fiddly but fine, as long as you don’t have too deep
  • I’ve purchased this to run 4 spotlights in the living
  • the module auto configured for both and I am happy with the units

Paired with samsung smartthings i own 5 of these dimmers running with led dimmerable bulbs working flawlessly now 🙂 i am running of a 3wire setup.

I installed this today to connect with smartthings. The installation was reasonably straight forward and would suggest watching a few videos on installation before you start. This does work with smartthings straight off the bat, however the default functionality isn’t the best. Suggest installing a custom divice driver and use the custom code discussed on the st community forum. Had issues with the custom code to start with, however after a few changes got it working spot on.

Generally a back-box of 35mm or deeper is a bit fiddly but fine, as long as you don’t have too deep. I’ve wired 16 of these into every light circuit in my house, so a random mix of 1/2/3-way, led/non-led, extractor fan, dimmable/non, toggle/momentary switch, etc, and not had a problem with any of the options after some re-configuring of settings. For the most part i was able to wire myself, but got an electrician to help with the 2/3-way and to also replace some of the back-boxes with deeper ones. Generally a back-box of 35mm or deeper is a bit fiddly but fine, as long as you don’t have too deep a switch. I used a 10mm extension collar (that matched the switch) for 1 box which was 25mm, as it wasn’t worth digging out the wall for a deeper one. Very pleased with these in the setup, it opens up so many options and doesn’t have any of the limitations of bulb-based tech like hue (i. Turning off at the switch and losing the connection). I’m using smartthings as the hub with the excellent device handler written by codersaur from the smartthings forum. I love the ability to double/triple click a room switch to set scenes such as turn on another connected hue/wemo bulb in a lamp in the same room.

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Generally a back-box of 35mm or deeper is a bit fiddly but fine, as long as you don’t have too deep. I’ve wired 16 of these into every light circuit in my house, so a random mix of 1/2/3-way, led/non-led, extractor fan, dimmable/non, toggle/momentary switch, etc, and not had a problem with any of the options after some re-configuring of settings. For the most part i was able to wire myself, but got an electrician to help with the 2/3-way and to also replace some of the back-boxes with deeper ones. Generally a back-box of 35mm or deeper is a bit fiddly but fine, as long as you don’t have too deep a switch. I used a 10mm extension collar (that matched the switch) for 1 box which was 25mm, as it wasn’t worth digging out the wall for a deeper one. Very pleased with these in the setup, it opens up so many options and doesn’t have any of the limitations of bulb-based tech like hue (i. Turning off at the switch and losing the connection). I’m using smartthings as the hub with the excellent device handler written by codersaur from the smartthings forum. I love the ability to double/triple click a room switch to set scenes such as turn on another connected hue/wemo bulb in a lamp in the same room.
Excellent dimmer, works with any bulbs including leds, but make sure you read the instructions. I’ve got a pretty much a complete smart home now. I had a look at the crazy expensive control-4 systems with rako dimmers and what not, but i decided to diy the home myself and go with zwave. The dimmer forms a key part of the whole system and i’ve got around 22 of them to control various circuits around the house. All gu10 dimmable leds to keep runnning costs down. I’m using the vera hub initially and then moved onto openhab2, but the same configuration parameters apply. One thing you must note is that you need to get the bypass module and connect it in parallel to the load, and also that 3 wire neutral connection is needed; which maybe complicated if you aren’t doing a full rewire in the uk. You need to read the instructions well, and make sure you do the “auto configuration” setup each time you add/remove/change a bulb. And especially if you have the bypass connected. Parameter13=1 (without bypass) or 2 (with bypass).
Excellent dimmer, works with any bulbs including leds, but make sure you read the instructions. I’ve got a pretty much a complete smart home now. I had a look at the crazy expensive control-4 systems with rako dimmers and what not, but i decided to diy the home myself and go with zwave. The dimmer forms a key part of the whole system and i’ve got around 22 of them to control various circuits around the house. All gu10 dimmable leds to keep runnning costs down. I’m using the vera hub initially and then moved onto openhab2, but the same configuration parameters apply. One thing you must note is that you need to get the bypass module and connect it in parallel to the load, and also that 3 wire neutral connection is needed; which maybe complicated if you aren’t doing a full rewire in the uk. You need to read the instructions well, and make sure you do the “auto configuration” setup each time you add/remove/change a bulb. And especially if you have the bypass connected. Parameter13=1 (without bypass) or 2 (with bypass).

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This is a great little device. I’ve been struggling with finding a way to automate the bathroom lights due to the necessity of needing a particular light fitting which is moisture resistant, with smart bulbs not being an option. This has answered that problem. It took some time for my smartthings hub to pick up – i read that some just had to push the physical switch a few times but i had to reopen the switch and click the reset button a few times before it registered – but once it did (and after i had assigned the ‘thing’ to a custom device handler) it has been flawless. Really pleased and will be looking at investing in a few others for other rooms. Just a shame they are so expensive.

This review is from : Fibaro FGD-212 250 W Universal Dimmer

This is a great little device. I’ve been struggling with finding a way to automate the bathroom lights due to the necessity of needing a particular light fitting which is moisture resistant, with smart bulbs not being an option. This has answered that problem. It took some time for my smartthings hub to pick up – i read that some just had to push the physical switch a few times but i had to reopen the switch and click the reset button a few times before it registered – but once it did (and after i had assigned the ‘thing’ to a custom device handler) it has been flawless. Really pleased and will be looking at investing in a few others for other rooms. Just a shame they are so expensive.
Works really well with samsung smartthings if you manage to. Works really well with samsung smartthings if you manage to figure out how to wire the thing, which can be quite complex.

This review is from : Fibaro FGD-212 250 W Universal Dimmer

Works really well with samsung smartthings if you manage to. Works really well with samsung smartthings if you manage to figure out how to wire the thing, which can be quite complex.
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