Z-Wave Home Automation Ideas and Functionality
Go ahead: create that perfect environment.
There are thousands of automations you can create when you choose our SCW Elite Hub since it supports thousands of independent Z-Wave products already!
Have your foyer light come on when you open your door
Make your AC automatically turn off when you open a window
Automatically turn off your water valve when we detect a water leak
Automatically turn on your lights if glass is broken, to scare off intruders and make it so you don't step on broken glass
Automatically turn on your garage light when you open your garage door and then automatically close your garage door forty-five seconds later
What is Z-Wave?
Z-Wave is a wireless home automation standard that hundreds of manufacturers use.
Here's a list of Z-Wave devices and here's a support document of Z-Wave devices that we've already confirmed work with SCW Shield: Z-Wave Compatibility List.*
Our SCW Shield Elite (or SCW Shield Basic with the Z-Wave Add-on) is a Z-Wave "brain." It communicates with Z-Wave devices and tells them what you want them to do.
*All Z-Wave products, if implemented correctly, should work, but we have made a list of devices that we know work. Z-Wave is the future of home automation. In 2018 there were over 2,400 products that could utilize the Z-Wave protocol.
Understanding Z-Wave Scenes
A Z-Wave scene is one or a series of actions that are to take place when triggered. You can trigger these actions in a scene:
Arm or disarm the system
Sound an alert
Turn on or off z-wave device(s)
Open/close/lock/unlock a garage door, smart lock, or gate
Set the brightness of a light
Turn on or off an outlet or a switch
Change a thermostat's mode, fan mode, cooling temperature, or heating temperature
Shield Events that can Trigger a Scene
When a Key Fob Button is pressed
When power is lost
When a system is disarmed--even have different events per user access code
When the internet is offline
When the system is armed
When the system is running on battery and the battery is low
Once a day / week / month / year
Sunrise or Sunset
When a specific security zone reports an alarm
When a sensor is running out of battery
After a certain amount of time has elapsed from when a security zone reports an alarm
When a security sensor opens or closes
When a security sensor detects motion
When a sensor reports high or low humidity
When a sensor malfunctions
When a sensor is tampered with
When a sensor reports a temperature above or below a number
When a z-wave garage door, smart lock, or gate opens or closes
When a z-wave device is low on battery
When a z-wave device has lost signal
When a z-wave dimmer is above or below a certain brightness
When a z-wave power outlet is on or off or a certain amount of time after it is on/off
When a z-wave switch is used
How do I set it up on Shield Elite?
Z-Wave Setup Guide
We're happy to help you set up any home automation, but here's a guide on how to do it yourself.