Leviton Scene Controller

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These instructions work for the Leviton RZCS4. They also work for the RZCZ4 which is a zone controller, not a scene controller. However the zone controller is more limited in it's functionality and you must use 'method #2' described below.

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Adding the RZCS4 to your Z-Wave network

1. Be sure the scene controller is not already paired with another network. The best way to do this is to hold down the scene 1 and scene 3 buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds. Hold down the left side of the buttons, near the LED lights. When you first press them, one of the buttons may blink red momentarily. After you've held them down for about 4 seconds, all 4 lights will turn amber, and if you keep them held down, after another 4 seconds all 4 lights will turn red. This means the scene controller is reset, and can now be included.

2. Take Vera's dongle to the scene controller and be sure Vera's dongle is off. If the light on the dongle is blinking, tap the button on the dongle so it is off. The dongle must be off when you put the scene controller into program mode. Now, press and hold scene buttons 1 and 3 on the left side, near the LED lights, for 4 seconds. All 4 lights will turn amber. Let go. The 4 lights will blink amber every 1 second or so to indicate the scene controller is in program mode.

3. Only after you completed step 2 and the scene controller is in program mode, tap the button on Vera's dongle to put the dongle in include mode. After about 5 seconds, the dongle's light should stay solid for a second and the scene controller's 4 amber lights will interrupt their normal blinking pattern. This means the scene controller was now included. You can put Vera's dongle back in Vera, or take it to include another device. If including another Leviton scene controller, be sure to tap the button on the dongle to turn it off again before repeating step 1.

4. When you re-insert the dongle in Vera, after a few seconds you should see the scene controller show up as an unassigned device on the devices tab in Vera's setup site. If you don't reload Vera's web page and go back to the devices tab. Pick the room the scene controller is in, and give the scene controller a name if you want.

If you do not want Vera to assign scenes to the scene controller, but will do that using another device, you can stop here. If you want Vera to assign scenes, keep going with step 5.

Now you have to make a decision if you want to use method #1 or method #2 as described in ZWave_Add_Controller. The bottom line is that with method #1, which is the traditional way of creating scenes, the Leviton's up/down buttons work, and you can turn a scene on as well as off. However, this only works with some light switches and lamp modules which support 'scenes', and you can only set lighting levels. You can't control a thermostat, lock a door, turn on a tv, etc. with method #1. To see if a device is scene capable and can work with a Leviton scene controller in method #1, click the '+' button next to the device, look at the "Capabilities" line and look for the number 44 after the | sign. If it's there, the device is scene capable. Method #2 is more flexible. With method #2 the Leviton scene controller's buttons are tied to scenes in Vera, which can do anything with any device because Vera is actually running the scene. However with method #2 the up/down buttons on the scene controller don't work, nor does the 'toggle a scene on/off' feature. With method #2 if you have 3 lighting mood scenes and an 'off' scene, you'll assign the 'off' scene to one of the 4 buttons, but you won't be able to use the toggle feature to turn one of the 3 scenes off.

Method #1

5. Create a scene that adjusts the light to the level you want. Save your changes.

6. Click the '+' button next to the scene controller and choose 'Custom Z-Wave settings', and 'Add scene assignment'. Choose the key to assign the scene to (1-4) and the scene to assign to the key. Save your changes.

7. The scene should work fine. If you want to change the scene, go to the 'scenes' tab and modify the scene as you want, save your changes, and then go to Devices, click '+' next to the scene controller, and choose 'configure right now'. That will reconfigure the scene controller.

Method #2

5. After you assigned the scene controller to a room, click the + button next to the scene controller on the devices tab in Vera's setup site. Check the box "Treat scene buttons as events". After you save your changes, Vera will start to reconfigure the scene controller and if successful, you will see a green cog next to the scene controller indicating it was successfully configured. There must be a green cog next to the scene controller for it to work.

6. On the scenes tab in Vera's setup site, create the scenes you want assigned to the scene controller. Click the red 'save' button to save your scenes. If you haven't yet added all the lights and other Z-Wave devices you want in the scene you'll have to do that first, of course, and come back to this step later. Click the 'Add Event' button for your scene. Choose the event 'Scene button is pressed'. Then choose the scene controller from the pull-down. Then enter the scene button you want to trigger the scene; enter a number between 1 and 4 for the 4 scene buttons.

After you save your changes, pressing the left side of the scene button, next to the LED, will trigger the scene. Note that the scene can include delays. For example, if you have a 'go to bed' scene, you may want the scene to lock the doors, turn down the thermostat, and turn off all the lights. But, you might not want the bedroom lights to go off immediately if the scene controller is on the opposite side of the room from the bed. So, in the scene, for the bedroom lights, choose the command "On" then choose "After 30 seconds", then "Set a new setting", then "Off". This way, when you choose the scene, the bedroom lights will come on for 30 seconds so you have time to walk across the room, and then turn off.

The 4 scene buttons on the scene controller can be pushed to the left or to the right. The left is the normal way to trigger a scene. If you press any of the scene buttons to the right, it is treated as 'button 0'. You can create a scene as described above, and in step 6 choose button #0. But this means that no matter which of the 4 scene buttons you press to the right, they all trigger the scene for button #0. See ZWave Add Controller method #2 for an explanation. Also, the scene controller only triggers button #0 when you press the button to the right if you already pressed the button to the left. If this is confusing, just stick to the normal usage of buttons 1-4 by clicking the button to the left. The scene up and down functions do not do anything.

As explained in ZWave Add Controller you can leave "Treat scene buttons as events" unchecked, and then create scenes the traditional Z-Wave way (i.e. Method #1). In this case the scene up and down buttons do work as expected and so does the off. However, the scenes are much more limited. You cannot have delays, or adjust thermostats, or lock doors and so on. Also, when you want to program the scene into the scene controller, you can only do this by re-adding the scene controller to Vera while the dongle is inserted. You cannot carry the dongle to the scene controller; you must put the scene controller in program mode, as explained in step 2 above, and then choose 'Add Z-Wave Controller' from the Devices tab on Vera's 'Setup' menu. Therefore it is a bit cumbersome to do this unless you have a separate handheld controller to help program the scenes. If you do want Vera to do it for you this way, create your scenes, add the scene controller, leave "Treat scene buttons as events" unchecked, choose 'Custom Z-Wave Settings', and choose the 'Add scene assignments' to assign the scenes to buttons. Then put the scene controller in program mode, and choose 'Add Z-Wave controller' from Vera's setup page.

Removing the RZCS4 from your Z-Wave network

If you already paired the RZCS4 and want to remove it:

1. Take Vera's dongle to the scene controller and be sure Vera's dongle is off. If the light on the dongle is blinking, tap the button on the dongle so it is off. The dongle must be off when you put the scene controller into program mode. Now, press and hold scene buttons 1 and 3 on the left side, near the LED lights, for 4 seconds. All 4 lights will turn amber. Let go. The 4 lights will blink amber every 1 second or so to indicate the scene controller is in program mode.

2. Only after you completed step 1 and the scene controller is in program mode, press and hold the button on Vera's dongle continuously for 5 seconds until the dongle's blue light blinks quickly, then let go. After about 5 seconds, the dongle's light should stay solid for a second and the scene controller's 4 amber lights will interrupt their normal blinking pattern. This means the scene controller was now removed. You can put Vera's dongle back in Vera, or take it to include another device.

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