[Z-Wave Review] Linear Dimmable LED Light Bulb (LB60Z-1)

Linear, Inc. Z-Wave Dimmable LED Light Buld (model LB60Z-1)

What is it?

The Linear LB60Z-1 is a Z-Wave controllable, Dimmable, LED Light Bulb. It's branded by GoControl, but is actually manufacturered by Linear, Inc.

This device contains a Z-Wave Plus chip, acts as a repeater, touts a 22.8 year life (3hr/day use), and includes a 1-year warranty.

Why would I want this?

When it comes to home automation and lighting, you have several ways you can tackle that task. It can be Z-Wave controllable light switches, or maybe a dimmer that sits behind the switch. In the case of a lamp, it could be a Z-Wave controllable outlet, or even a plug. Lastly, you can use Z-Wave controllable light bulbs.
When it comes to Z-Wave controllable light bulbs, LED rules. Most of what is out there is LED, which we all know is much lower power use compared to a halogen, CFL, or fluorescent bulb. This bulb uses dimmable LED's and claims a 9W power draw (at full brightness), and is a 60W equivalent.

So with all that in mind, there may be scenarios where using controllable bulbs is just easier. For me personally, this is the case for the exterior mounted light fixtures on my detached garage. The switch for these two lanterns is inside the garage, so I'm not able to control these lights from the house, and therefore they never get turned on. The garage contains older wiring, with no neutral, so using a Z-Wave switch was out of the question. The cheapest and easiest route was Z-Wave bulbs.

Does it work?

Wonderfully well, it does. Once the bulb gets power, it goes into inclusion mode. Leave the light switch on and control from the Z-Wave controller, and this bulb also acts a repeater. Support for these bulbs was already existing in Open Z-Wave, so I didn't have to worry about that either. Very few configurable options, which make this basically plug and play.

What's in the box?

Packaging is pretty nice, and the box contains all kinds of useful info. Inside was the bulb, instruction booklet, and a plastic clip to mount on the lightswitch to ensure it doesn't get turned off (else the bulb wouldn't work).

Front of box

Side of box

Rear of box

Once you remove the tray from the box, you find the plug, the booklets, as well as mounting hardware.

Inside the box

Was the inclusion easy?

For me, I stopped the home assistant service, started up open zwave control panel, put my z-stick in inclusion (secure) mode, and just turned power on to the bulb (after installing in light socket). Within 10 seconds it was include. Literally as simple as flipping a switch.

Once included, here is what I see in Open Z-Wave Control Panel.

Current values

Likewise, here are the available configuration options, which I made a few changes to.

Configuration

Within Home Assistant, you should only see one new entity_id; light.. State has two options, On and Off. That's it.

Since I bought two of these, I created a switch.template within my hass configuration that allows me toggle both bulbs on simultaneously. I also created an automation rule to turn the switch on a few minutes before sunset, and off around 01:30AM local time. More light, and I never have to think about it again!

My thoughts

5 stars, without a doubt. I big reason for the 5 stars is the price. On Amazon they're currently $20/ea, and I've been watching them for a few weeks, but last week they dropped to ~$15/ea for some reason. I quickly snatched up 2, and now see they're back up to $20. At $15/ea it's a steal, and $20/ea is still a great price. From my research, these are the cheapest Dimmable LED (single color) Z-Wave bulbs out there. The multi-color LED bulbs are $40-50+, which is outrageous to me. Installation is as easy as changing a light bulb (literally), and inclusion is as easy as flipping a switch (literally). Can't beat it.

Amazon.

TV Room group

My Recommendation

If you have the need for a simple, single-color Z-Wave bulb, I don't know why you'd spend more money on anything else. These aren't multi-color LED bulbs, but I didn't need or expect that. If you need it, buy it and don't think twice about it.

Also, I wanted to share with everyone that I've pushed my home assistant configs up to github recently. I keep my working copy on my LAN in bitbucket, but I'm going to try and keep the github copy updated every couple of weeks. The repo also contains some screenshots that I will also try to keep updated.
You can find the repo here. The switch.template I am using for controlling both bulbs can be found here. Woohoo!


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