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Using Z-Wave LED bulbs in commercial spaces

Make it quick, easy, and profitable with no new wires.

Using Z-Wave LED bulbs in commercial spaces
Reasons to use Z-Wave LED bulbs in commercial spaces, Multiple Dwelling Units, and hotels.
• Your installations will be quick, easy, and profitable, with no new wires.
Great for retail stores, hotel lobbies and shared spaces like laundry rooms or hallways
Wireless control works with all Z-Wave panels, gateways, hubs, etc.
No new wiring option is ideal for retrofit and limited renovations, older buildings, and commercial rentals
Use bulbs in concert with Z-Wave light meters to allow the system to automatically set the proper amount of light
Bulb power can be left on 24/7, and lighting can be controlled locally with battery-powered scene controllers or motion sensors. Ask us how!
Adding Z-Wave bulbs repeats the RF signal, which helps existing Z-Wave devices (thermostats, sensors, etc)
Have non-electrician installers setup the Z-Wave system (be sure to follow all state and local laws regarding electrical installs)

GoControl smart lighting solutions are so easy to install—and they work with everything else that talks Z-Wave. GoControl Smart LED lights are opening up a new realm of lighting possibilities for security professionals, consumers, retailers, interior designers and architects. At the core of every new GoControl LED illumination device is a sophisticated Z-Wave communication chipset, which powers more of today’s modern home control products than any other technology. We offer a wide range of GoControl Smart LED light choices, ensuring that you get the ideal light solution for your specific environment, from individual screw-in bulbs, to in-ceiling retrofits. Individual lighting options range from 650 to 750 lumens, plus ideal color temperatures like soft white light (2700°K) for casual living (bulb, recessed fixture) as well as cooler-white (5000°K) in our flood light bulb format. Make sure that you include GoControl Smart LED lighting in every home control project today!

Check out these products for easy installation with no additional wiring:


This screw-in kit replaces old, outdated incandescent screw-in bulbs in 5 in. or 6 in. recessed lighting fixtures.

  • Fits 5” or 6” recessed fixtures
  • Adds Z-Wave lighting to your home with no wiring (Z-Wave Controller needed)
  • 650 lumens (65 Watt equiv.) yet uses only 8.5 Watts
  • 2700K Soft White light is gentle and warm
  • Long-life LED has a 22 year lifespan (based on 3 hours use per day)

Retail Price: $43.95

Sale Price: $25.50

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GoControl LED Flood


This dimmable BR 30 style LED bulb is ideal for areas that require vivid, energizing light.

  • Fits 5” or 6” recessed fixtures
  • Adds Z-Wave lighting to your home with no wiring (Z-Wave Controller needed)
  • 650 lumens (65 Watt flood equiv.) yet uses only 7.5 Watts
  • 5000K cool-white/daylight energizes task areas and improves visual detail
  • Customize light to suit the task; even lights on one circuit
  • Long-life LED has a 22 year lifespan (based on 3 hours use per day)

Retail Price: $37.99

Sale Price: $16.00

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Secure your home with a Glass Break sensor

The GoControl GB00Z-1 Z-Wave Glass Break Sensor is an essential item for any Z-Wave system

Secure your home with a Glass Break sensor

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The GoControl Glass Break Sensor (GB00Z-2) is a great device that covers the space between Door And Window Sensors and Motion Sensors. Door/Window sensors and motion sensors are essential for any smart home, but they do have slight drawbacks when covering windows. Window sensors need to be placed on each window, and motion sensors cover high traffic areas or areas of suspected travel, so additional motion sensors would need to be added to cover all entry points. A glass break sensor can cover a swath of 24 feet of windows and won't interfere with normal daily activities of the residents of the home. 

The GoControl Glass Break Sensor effortlessly integrates with any Z-Wave hub, app, and other devices to alert homeowners when a glass break event has occurred.

We put it to the test

We found the GoControl Glass Break Sensor also under another name; Utilitech. Utilitech seems to be the device of choice for Lowe's Iris users, so we got one of these to see how it rates against the GoControl. Our reaction is both devices are the same; more details below.

We found a lot of non-ZWaveProducts customers having trouble with this device, contributing to bad reviews. We investigated each one of these points, to tell if this is a device we want to carry.

Owners of SmartThings, FIBARO, Iris, Vera, and similar smart home hubs stated that the device would not pair, or the user had trouble pairing the device (40 minutes plus).
While we didn't have the trouble others saw, our investigation did reveal two things. 1. Many of these devices come from the factory already paired. 2. Removing only one battery kept the sensor alive, so the users were not able to exclude it. Our advice: When you receive the device, do a factory reset before enrolling it in your system. With the batteries in, press the button 5 times in 5 seconds. You will see the green light blink repeatedly, followed by a long blink. At this time, include the device into your Z-Wave hub. 

It does not work with WINK.
Unfortunately for WINK owners, we have found this to be true.

It does not work with many security systems.
Any security panel that uses something other than Z-Wave for sensors, will not allow this device to trigger alarms. You may be able to use Z-Wave Lighting for your security panel, but many require 319 or 345 MHz sensors for glass breaking or door/window/motion sensors.

It does not show up as a "Glass Break Sensor" on my hub interface/app.
Most hub manufacturers have not created this sensor category at the time of this blog's creation. For our tests, we were pleased to call this a door/window sensor. It put the window icon in the app and allowed us to arm/disarm the sensor. The sensor triggered scenes just like any other Z-Wave sensor should.

It doesn't respond when I play a MP3 of glass breaking on my laptop.
This is a case of two issues. 1. To eliminate false positives, the sensor requires a thump AND glass breaking to trip the alarm. I wouldn't go out and break any windows just to test the device. However, some people on the internet got creative with inventing their own testing apparatus. This is our favorite one.  2. Like any other Z-Wave sensor, this needs to be a trigger in a scene. Get quiet notifications or sound an alarm; the choice is up to you.

The GoControl Z-Wave Glass Break Detector is a smart, Z-Wave-enabled glass break sensor that is battery powered. It is ideal for use in properties where vulnerable glass areas are at risk of being broken to gain access to property or premises. Combine it with other Z-Wave sensors, like motion, door-window, garage etc. to secure your home from all types of unauthorized entry.

If you have any questions about this, or any other Z-Wave device, please feel free to contact us. Thanks for reading!
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More on How To Use a Z-Wave LED Bulb in your smart home

More on How To Use a Z-Wave LED Bulb in your smart home
Adding Z-Wave to your smart house or apartment can be as simple as changing a light bulb. What could be easier?
No wiring, no mess; unscrew a dumb bulb and install a Z-Wave LED. Nothing more, right?

Not so fast.

Z-Wave LED Bulbs are a simple and inexpensive way to add Z-Wave to your home, but there are a few things you should know:

1. Z-Wave bulbs, like all Z-Wave devices*, need to be powered all the time.
Z-Wave devices have a network of neighboring devices that help distribute commands throughout your smart home.
This network is called the ‘mesh,’ and it’s one of the reasons why Z-Wave is so solid. However, if you power down
a device in the network, the others will get confused, and the communication may suffer.

This doesn't mean that your light bulb has to be on all the time. It just means that you need to electronically control the LED.

Don’t put a Z-Wave LED where someone could flip a switch and turn off the light.
* Battery-operated devices don’t participate in repeating so are excluded from this example.

What to do instead:
A. Since you can't turn the bulb off manually, Use Amazon Alexa or Google Home to voice control the LED bulbs.
Your smart home assistant, along with a compatible Z-Wave gateway or hub, is an easy way to control your home with no wiring or fuss.
Pair the Z-Wave LED with your Z-Wave hub, have your SA find your smart devices, and you’re good to go.

B. Include one or several Z-Wave devices in a scene.
Use the smart app on your smartphone to set the scene; literally. Full brightness for homework or utility work.
Soft or colored for romantic vacations at home. Somewhere in the middle for meals or watching TV. It’s all up to you and the combinations are limitless.

C. Use a trigger to automate the LED.
Use a motion or door/window sensor to trigger the bulb by setting up a scene on your Z-Wave hub. Similar to B,
this idea is great for when you need light as you pass through a hallway or open a closet door. Create another scene to turn off the LED after a few minutes of inactivity.

2. Z-Wave bulbs like to be indoors.
While the benefits of putting a smart bulb in an exterior fixture are obvious, most Z-Wave LEDs are made for indoor use. They are not waterproof, and Smart LEDs can generate
some heat. Not from the bulb, but from the electronics at the bottom, so consider the type of enclosure or fixture you use with your smart bulb.

3. Z-Wave LED Bulbs require a Z-Wave Controller.
Since there is no Z-Wave chip in your smartphone, Z-Wave LEDs, like all Z-Wave devices, require some type of Z-Wave Controller (hub, gateway, etc).
Be sure your Z-Wave Controller is compatible with any smart home assistant you plan to use (Alexa, Google Home, HomeKit, etc).

Lamps plugged into dumb outlets usually are the best for smart Z-Wave bulbs. The porcelain lamp holders in garages, closets, and basements are also good, if you can hide the pull chain or stop yourself from reaching for it. Some Z-Wave LED bulbs come with small covers that help prevent you from flipping a toggle switch off and breaking your Z-Wave mesh network

Using a motion sensor to trigger a smart Z-Wave LED bulb

Cost = $55       Time = 25 minutes:

(assuming you have a Z-Wave Controller)

Having a smart home shouldn’t require pulling out the phone for every task. It’s fairly easy to install a PIR motion sensor and have it trigger a smart LED bulb.
In this example, we chose the EcoLink PIRZWAVE2.5 and the Go Control LB60Z-1 Dimmable LED Light Bulb

First, the PIR motion sensor:

1. Consider traffic patterns and how you’d like pedestrian motion to trigger the PIR sensor.
A sharper angle for hallways and above stairs, and a longer reach for living rooms or offices.
Be wary of places where triggering the motion sensor (from another room, for example) would
turn on lights needlessly.

2. Place your Z-Wave Controller (gateway, hub) into inclusion mode.

3. Immediately insert the battery into the PIRZWAVE2.5 and wait for the LED to light for 10 seconds and then go out.
Name the sensor on your Z-Wave Controller.

4. Temporarily mount the sensor and test the operation. Leave the room for over 4 minutes then walk back towards the sensor.
If the red LED lights at the correct place, you’re ready to move on. If it doesn’t respond expectedly, move the sensor accordingly and try again.

5. Once you are satisfied with the placement, permanently mount the sensor.

Add the Z-Wave LED Bulb

1. With the power off, screw in the LED to a lamp or fixture.

2. Place your Z-Wave Controller (gateway, hub) into inclusion mode.

3. Turn the power on. After the operation completes, name the bulb (multi-level light switch) on your Z-Wave Controller.

Putting it all together.

1. Use your Z-Wave controller to set up a scene that says, ‘if motion sensor detects motion in any state (arm/disarm) turn on LED to 100%.

2. Use your Z-Wave controller to set up a scene that says, ‘if motion sensor does not detect motion in any state (arm/disarm) for over 5 minutes, turn LED OFF.

You can also have this scene run only at certain times, to eliminate a LED coming on during the day. You can also override the scene by using Amazon Alexa or Google Home to turn the LED on/off immediately.

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Tame Old Man Winter with this Simple Z-Wave "Hack"

Tame Old Man Winter with this Simple Z-Wave "Hack"
Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, most of the US focuses on some type of cold(er) weather that puts us in a good holiday mood. But what about your furnace? Does it keep running even with the doors open? As guests, children, and deliverymen conspire to keep your doors ajar, there's an easy automation setup that will help tame those energy bills. And this setup will also allow programming of your thermostat to account for changing holiday schedules; work, vacation. You can even manually monitor the temperature from work or while on vacation.

This setup will run under $220 and allows you to automatically turn the heat off when the door is opened for more than a pre-set amount of time. Like everything with Z-Wave devices, you can modify this as needed to fit your lifestyle. And while this is a great start, for a nominal additional cost, you can add more temperature sensors to get notifications of freezing temps that may bust your pipes while you're away.

The 3 pieces of this project are a WINK 2 hub, a GC-TBZ48 Z-Wave thermostat from Go Control, and a ZW120 Door/Window sensor from Aeon Labs.

Replace your existing thermostat with the Go Control (instructions on how to do that are here) After downloading the free WINK 2 App, setting up the WINK 2, add the stat and sensor to your network. Check out my blog WINK 2 OVERVIEW for a few tips.

Something new regarding sensors that wasn't in my previous entries, you can select the type of door for the best calibration of the device (you'll see this screen when you're just about done adding the sensor).

By this point you'll be able to control the stat from your smart phone, but that's no fun. Let's create a simple Robot (the WINK word for scene, or automation) to keep that warm air inside.

First, create a new robot by selecting the Robot at the bottom of the main screen, then selecting the + for "Create a New Robot".

You'll have a few choices, including schedule, device, or geocaching. We're going to have the sensor drive this Robot, so choose Product or Sensor.

You have many choices to set up the Robot. In this example I chose, if Any Entry Door Sensor, at any time of day, is open for more than 10 minutes, then turn the thermostat from Heat to Off, and notify me via push notifications from my WINK 2 App on my phone.

Having a grace period (in this case, 10 minutes) to allow the kids or pets to enter or exit the home allows the heat to run for a little while.


You can create a similar Robot to turn the heat back on after all the doors are closed for more than 10 minutes. This system will work with windows too; you just add as many sensors as your home needs and add those sensors to the Robot.

Do you want a notification if your crawl space or basement is experiencing flooding or freezing temps?  There's a host of sensor that can help out here as well.  Check out the Fortezz Water and Temperature Sensor and Fibaro Flood Sensor with Temperature Monitoring

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