illumino Dimmer Switch has been crafted to power connected lighting using SmartStart, S2 framework, and Z-Wave Plus. It is powered by Aeotec’s S2 technology. 


To see whether illumino Dimmer Switch is known to be compatible with your Z-Wave system or not, please reference our Z-Wave gateway comparison listing. The technical specifications of illumino Dimmer Switch can be viewed at that link.




Get to know your illumino Dimmer Switch.



Bulb compatibility.


illumino Dimmer Switch isn't compatible with all lighting, Below is a list of all the bulb types that are compatible with Dimmer Switch.

  • Incandescent bulbs
  • Halogen bulbs
  • Dimmable CFL
  • Trailing-Edge Dimmable LED Bulb

Some LED Bulbs are Leading Edge instead of Trailing Edge, if a dimmable LED bulb is flickering it is highly likely that the bulb is Leading Edge or not dimmable.


These bulb types are not compatible:

  • Leading-Edge Dimmable LED Bulbs
  • Low Voltage Lighting
  • Smart LED Bulbs (WiFi, Zigbee, or Z-Wave as these devices have their own dimming circuits)


Unfortunately, most bulbs are not explicit about what type of dimming property they use in dimmable LED bulbs, but fortunately, most bulbs are Trailing Edge.



Minimum and maximum load. 


illumino Dimmer Switch has a small minimum load and will typically work with most low powered dimmable LED Bulbs:

  • Minimum Power from Load required: 5 W


It also has a maximum output depending on the type of bulbs that are used. 

  • Maximum power using Incandescent/Halogen: 500 W
  • Maximum power using Trailing-Edge dimmable LED Bulbs / CFL: 150 W



Button Presses and LED reaction.


Basic buttons presses. 


These buttons presses serve as the main function of illumino Dimmer Switch for Z-Wave network controls, Z-Wave hub automation triggers, and the state of illumino Dimmer Switches output to the connected load. 


In or out of network


Action Button Press (Any Button/ Top / Bottom)


LED Indication


Function/Description if the button is held and released.


Out (initial boot up or factory reset)


N/A


White LED fades in and out once every second.


Ready to be paired to a new Z-Wave hub. 


Out


1x tap Any Button


Blinks white color LED quickly (once every 300ms). 


Attempting to pair to a hub. (Send NIF), can be used to be factory reset by hub or paired to a hub.

 

Default Switch Reaction Top

The button turns ON switch, the bottom button turns OFF switch.



If successful - the LED becomes solid green color for 2 seconds, then deactivates.


Successful pair




If failed - LED becomes solid Red color for 2 seconds.


Failed, return to inactive ready to pair state.


IN


1x tap Any Button


Default White color LED will turn on and off based on the output state of illumino Dimmer Switch.

Configurable:
  • Indicator LED color can be configured via Parameter 84 [1 byte].
  • Indicator LED activity state can be configured via Parameter 83 [1 byte].  

Central Scene (button 1,2) 

1x tap scene

 

Default Switch Reaction Top

The button turns ON switch, the bottom button turns OFF switch.


IN


2x tap Any Button



Default White color LED color will blink twice. 


Configurable: 

  • Indicator LED color can be configured for Central Scene report via Parameter 85 [1 byte]. 

Central Scene (button 1,2) 2x tap scene

IN


Press and Hold (1-15 seconds)


Default White color LED color will blink rapidly while button is held down. 


Configurable:

  • Indicator LED color can be configured for Central Scene report via Parameter 85 [1 byte].

Central Scene (button 1,2) Press and hold scene.


IN


Release

LED indicator stops flashing and resumes normal indicator LED state. 


Central Scene (button 1,2) Release scene



Configuration button presses.


Not all Z-Wave hubs allow configuration commands to configure parameter settings. These added button presses allow you to configure necessary parameter settings manually. 


In or out of network

Action Button Press (Any Button/ Top / Bottom)

LED Indication

Function/Description if the button is held and released.

IN

3x tap Any Button

Blinks purple color for 10 seconds.

Send NIF to unpair; if a hub is attempting to exclude, it will reset and factory reset this device.

IN/OUT

4x tap Bottom Button

Blinks blue color LED based on value setting:

0 = solid 2 seconds

1 = blinks 1x quickly

2 = blinks 2x quickly

3 = blinks 3x quickly

(Parameter 121 [1 byte]) - Adjust paddle control of illumino Dimmer Switch


Value definitions:

  • 0 = disabled
  • 1 = enable local control
  • 2 = enable central scene
  • 3 = enable local 

IN/OUT

5x tap Bottom Button

Blinks Green LED color based on value setting:

0 = solid 2 seconds

1 = blinks 1x quickly

2 = blinks 2x quickly

(Parameter 122 [1 byte]) - Configure how up/down paddle switch:


Value definitions:

  • 0 = up/ON, down/OFF
  • 1 = down/ON, up/DOWn
  • 2 = toggle (up/down paddle controls are the same)

IN/OUT

6x tap Bottom Button

Blinks orange color LED based on the value set:

0 = solid 2 seconds

1 = blinks 1x quickly

2 = blinks 2x quickly

(Parameter 20 [1 byte]) - Toggles power restores state upon re-power. 


Value definitions: 

  • 0 = load remains OFF
  • 1 = load turns ON upon re-power
  • 2 = load returns to the last known state before power off. 

IN/OUT

1. 8x Bottom Tap 

2. Hold on 8th 

3. Then release on desired minimum calibration level

 

(if not held, then calibration does not happen)

Solid Pink color LED while calibrating, LED disables as soon as button is released. 

(Parameter 131 [1 byte]) - Calibrates minimum brightness on illumino Dimmer Switch load output. When the bottom button is released, the minimum brightness level will be saved.

 

Starts ramp down from current output level. (Recommended -  to dim illumino Dimmer Switch to 100% before programming minimum brightness level manually). 

 

– Ramps dim speed at 5 seconds to 100%.

 

Value definition:

  • Range = 0 - 99 
    • Value 0 = 0% 
    • Value 99 = 100%
    • (Note - Determines the output of illumino Dimmer Switch at 1% from your Z-Wave interface). 

IN/OUT

9x Bottom Tap

Blinks cyan color LED based on the value set


0 = solid 2 seconds

1 = blinks 1x quickly

2 = blinks 2x quickly

3 = blinks 3x quickly

(Parameter 111 [1 byte]) - Set Double-tap behavior for the top and bottom buttons. 


Value definitions:

  • 0 = Full brightness level. 
  • 1 = Custom dim level from Parameter 133
  • 2 = Max brightness level on Parameter 132
  • 3 = Disabled

IN/OUT

4x tap Top Button

Displays LED indicator brightness on illumino Dimmer Switch for 2 seconds then follows output status of the switch.

(Parameter 86 [1 byte]) - Toggles 0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% LED indicator brightness on illumino Dimmer Switch when load is turned on. 


Value definitions:

  •  Range = 0 - 99 
    • 0 = 0% brightness
    • 1 - 99 = LED indiator brightness
    • (Determines the output of illumino Dimmer Switch at 1% from your Z-Wave interface). 

IN/OUT

5x tap Top Button

Displays LED color set for 1 second, then reverts to its original output LED status.

(Parameter 84 [1 byte]) - Set the color shown on illumino Dimmer Switch LED indicator.


Value definition:

  • 0 = Disabled
  • 1 = Red
  • 2 = Blue
  • 3 = Green
  • 4 = Pink
  • 5 = Cyan
  • 6 = Purple
  • 7 = Orange
  • 8 = Yellow
  • 9 = White

IN/OUT

6x tap Top Button

Displays LED color set for 2 seconds, then reverts to its original output LED status.

(Parameter 85 [1 byte]) - Set the Central Scene color to display when Central Scene is sent by illumino Dimmer Switch.


Value definition:

  • 0 = Disabled
  • 1 = Red
  • 2 = Blue
  • 3 = Green
  • 4 = Pink
  • 5 = Cyan
  • 6 = Purple
  • 7 = Orange
  • 8 = Yellow
  • 9 = White

IN/OUT

7x tap Top Button

Blinks Green  color LED based on value set:


0 = solid 2 seconds

1 = blinks 1x quickly

2 = blinks 2x quickly

(Parameter 83 [1 byte]) - Determines how the LED indicator on illumino Dimmer Switch will react. 


Value definitions:

  • 0 = disabled completely
  • 1 = Momentarily turn the LED indicator on for 5 seconds, then turn off.
  • 2 = LED follows the output state of illumino Dimmer Switch. 

IN/OUT

1. 8x Top Tap 

2. Hold on 8th 

3. Then release on desired maximum calibration level

 

(if not held, then calibration does not happen)

Solid Pink color LED while calibrating

(Parameter 132 [1 byte]) - Calibrates maximum brightness on illumino Dimmer Switch load output. When the top button is released, the maximum brightness level will be saved.

 

Starts ramp up from current output level. (Recommended -  to dim illumino Dimmer Switch to 0%/OFF before programming maximum brightness level manually). 

 

– Ramps dim speed at 5 seconds to 0%.

 

Value definition:

  • Range = 0 - 99 
    • Value 0 = 0% 
    • Value 99 = 100%
    • (Note - Determines the output of illumino Dimmer Switch at 100% from your Z-Wave interface).

 

IN/OUT

9x Top Tap

Blinks cyan color LED based on the value set:


0 = solid 2 seconds

1 = blinks 1x quickly

2 = blinks 2x quickly

3 = blinks 3x quickly

(Parameter 110 [1 byte]) - Set Single tap behavior when the top or bottom buttons are tapped once.


Value definitions:

  • 0 = Last brightness
  • 1 = Custom dim level from Parameter 133
  • 2 = Max brightness level set on Parameter 132
  • 3 = Always full brightness 100%.

IN/OUT

10 Tap (either button)

Blinks white color LED based on the value set:


0 = solid 2 seconds

1 = blinks 1x quickly

2 = blinks 2x quickly

3 = blinks 3x quickly

(Parameter 120 [1 byte]) - Set the External Switch type connected to illumino Dimmer Switch. 


Value definitions: 

  • 0 = Toggle switch (mode 1)
    •  simple on/off
  • 1 = Toggle switch (mode 2) 
    • allow 1x, 2x, 3x toggle for manual dimming functions
  • 2 = Momentary switch (mode 1)
    • Tap to turn on/off, hold to dim up/down.
  • 3 =  Momentary switch (mode 2)
    • Tap to turn on/off, hold to dim up/down (if double tapped, illumino Dimmer Switch will always dim down). 

IN/OUT

Press and hold (16-19 seconds)

Flashes Red color LED rapidly.

Nothing

IN/OUT

1. Press and hold (20 seconds)

2. When LED changed to Blue color

  • Release 
  • Then quickly tap within 2 seconds of releasing. 

Solid Blue color for 2 seconds.

Manual Factory reset -> Send gateway RESET DEVICE LOCALLY

 

Note: When the LED turns Blue, it will remain blue for 2 seconds, during the 2 seconds, tap the button again to begin the factory reset process.


If successful, it will start factory reset LED status.








Important safety information.


Warning:  Risk of electrical shock. The main circuit breaker or fuse must be shut off during installation. Do not operate or install with wet or moist hands. A licensed electrician with knowledge and understanding of electrical systems and electrical safety should complete the electrical installation. A faulty connection or use may result in fire or electrical shock. Observe local, regional, national, and other legal regulations and electrical codes. Note that even when turned off, the voltage may be present in the device's electrical terminals. Any maintenance introducing changes into the configuration of connections or the load must be always performed with a disabled circuit breaker or fuse.

Maximum load: Dimmer Switch current can not exceed 4.16 amps. Its maximum rated power output is 500 watts for 110/120V using incandescent/halogen type bulbs or 150W using LED-type bulbs.






Pre-installation checks.

  • illumino Dimmer Switch is designed only for use with permanently installed fixtures
  • Determine what type of installation you want:

    • Single pole wiring

    • 3-way wiring

    • 4-way wiring

  • The colors of your wires may not match those in our diagrams; ensure you've identified all wires correctly based upon their source and not just their color

  • Dimmer Switch requires a Neutral for installation. 

  • Do not use with fans.

  • Use 14 AWG solid core wires




Wire illumino Dimmer Switch.


There are 2 methods to wiring illumino Dimmer Switch. You can view their direct instructions and videos at the links below:



Before you wire.

  1. Life-saving: Shut off electricity at the circuit breaker. If installed in a multi-switch box, turn off all circuits. Confirm power is off using a voltage tester to check the live wires and terminals for power. 
  2. Detach any existing light switch you are replacing.
  3. Wire your Dimmer Switch using the diagram that follows as it befits your installation.

    Note: When wiring, make sure that you pull all wire ends into the holes rather than around the screws.

    Note: Ground wire is not used in any of the diagrams below; be sure to safely cap them in your gangbox.



Single pole wiring.


Video.



 

Diagram.


 The below diagram utilizes colors that are typical to live and neutral and general wiring in US homes, but in some cases, some wires do not use the typical color. If in case this happens, please consult an electrician to see if it is possible to wire illumino Switch into your walls.



3-way wiring.


 The below diagram utilizes colors that are typical to live and neutral and general wiring in US homes, but in some cases, some wires do not use the typical color. If in case this happens, please consult an electrician to see if it is possible to wire illumino Switch into your walls.


Wiring Method 1 - If Load and Breaker are separated in different gangboxes. 


  • Gangbox 1 - contains AC Live and Neutral.
  • Gangbox 2 - contains Load and external switch.



Wiring Method 2 - If Load and Breaker are present in the same gangbox.


  • Gangbox 1 - contains AC Live, Neutral, and Load.
  • Gangbox 2 - contains an external switch. (can be 2-way, 3-way, or momentary push button)




Finalize your wiring.


4. Make sure all screws are tightened.

5. Fit Dimmer Switch within the wall box, affix it in place, and then install any faceplate as needed.

6. Turn electricity back on at the circuit breaker.

7. Test Dimmer Switch by tapping the top and bottom paddles to turn the wired lights on or off. 








Connect illumino Dimmer Switch to a hub.


This section will go over brief steps to connecting illumino Dimmer Switch, for further details on connecting this product to your hub, click on the hub that you have to access more detailed steps. 


  1. Aeotec AutoPilot:

    1. Select DEVICES.

    2. Select + Add new.

    3. Select +.

    4. Select + Add.

    5. Tap the top or bottom switch of illumino Dimmer Switch once. The LED will flash its white LED while attempting to connect. 

    6. If prompted by AutoPilot, enter the 5 digit DSK or scan Dimmer Switch’s QR code.

  2. Aeotec Smart Home Hub or SmartThings: 

    1. Open SmartThings app.

    2. Tap +.

    3. Tap Device.

    4. Find and select Aeotec.

    5. Tap Switch/Dimmer.

    6. Tap Aeotec illumino Dimmer Switch.

    7. Tap Start, then follow the remaining instructions to pair illumino Dimmer Switch

    8. When prompted by your hub, tap the top or bottom switch of illumino Dimmer Switch once. The LED will flash a white LED while attempting to connect.

    9. If prompted, enter the 5 digit DSK if on a browser, or scan Dimmer Switch’s QR code.

  3. Home Assistant with Z-Wave JS:

    1. Open your Home Assistant interface.

    2. Click on Configuration at the bottom left of the dashboard.

    3. Click on Integrations. 

    4. Click on Configure located under your Z-Wave JS integration.

    5. Click on ADD NODE.

    6. Click on START INCLUSION. 

    7. Tap the top of bottom button of your illumino Dimmer Switch to finalize pairing.

    8. Allow about 1 minute to allow Home Assistant / Z-WaveJS to fully scan your Dimmer.

  4. Z-Stick Gen5 or Z-Stick Gen5+

    1. Unplug Z-Stick Gen5, then press its Action Button to put it into its ‘add device’ mode.

    2. Tap the top or bottom switch of illumino Dimmer Switch once. The LED will flash a white LED while attempting to connect. 

  5. SmartStart QR code scanning

    1. If your Z-Wave gateway supports SmartStart you can scan the QR code on illumino Dimmer Switch using the gateway’s app. Your sensor will join your Z-Wave network automatically.

  6. For most other hubs;

    1. Set your Z-Wave hub to connect new Z-Wave devices.

    2. Tap the top or bottom switch of illumino Dimmer Switch once. The LED will flash a white LED while attempting to connect. 

    3. If prompted, Scan the QR code or enter the 5 digit DSK number on your Dimmer Switch.


Connection LED states.


If the connection steps were followed correctly, the LED will change from a flashing white to one of these LED states depending on success or failure. 


  • Success: LED will be a solid green LED for 2 seconds.
  • Fail: LED will be solid red LED for 2 seconds.






Advanced functions.



Virtual 3-way/4-way/etc without wires: Z-Wave Group Association. 


There will be times you find wiring 3-way external switches may not be possible. illumino Dimmer Switch provides an option to allow a virtual 3-way/4-way/5-way control through the use of Z-Wave Group Association function as long as your Z-Wave Hub/Controller provides the option to set it. While optional, it is possible to utilize the external switch connected to illumino Dimmer Switch as a separate wireless control through illumino Dimmer Switch if an external switch is connected. 


Both gang boxes will require AC Live and AC Neutral since each individual illumino Dimmer Switch will require direct power. 


You can learn more about using illumino Dimmer Switch as a wireless 3-way/4-way/5-way switch




Removing your illumino Dimmer Switch.


Your Smart Switch can be removed from your Z-Wave network at any time. You’ll need to use your Z-Wave network’s main controller to do this.


Using your existing Z-Wave Controller:


1. Set your Z-Wave Controller into 'Remove Device' / 'Unpair Device' mode. Refer to the Controller's manual if you are unsure of how to perform this step.

2. Tap top or bottom switch 3x times within 2 seconds on illumino Dimmer Switch. The LED will blink purple to indicate it is attempting to remove itself. (Send NIF)

  • If successful, the LED will fade in and out to indicate it is ready to be connected to a new hub.




Reset your illumino Dimmer Switch.


If the primary controller is missing or inoperable, you may need to reset the device to factory settings.

Make sure the product is powered. If not, plug it into a wall socket and power on. To complete the reset process manually: 

  1. Press and hold the Action Button for at least 20 seconds once the LED lights up as a solid blue color.
  2. Release the button, the LED will remain solid blue for 2 seconds.
  3. Quickly tap the button once while the LED is blue.
  4. The LED indicator will fade its LED in and out slowly; this indicates the reset operation is successful.




Advanced configuration sheet.


illumino Dimmer Switch has a plethora of configuration settings that allow you to configure your illumino Dimmer Switch how you want it to. You may download the PDF file containing all command classes supported and potential configuration settings past what this user guide provides you. 


Click on the download file below: