Black Series Dimmer Switch • Manual

This is the digital manual for the Inovelli Black Series Dimmer Switch (Z-Wave 500 Series) - LZW31

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Written by Eric Hines
Updated over a week ago

DISCLAIMER: You may notice there are a lot of over-used keywords or phrases as well as English that seems a little off. This is because these articles are used to feed our AI Robot (Ira) and she needs the data to be structured in a certain way.

REMINDER: This switch is only to be used to control lights (except ballasts or any lights connected to a transformer). Do not use the switches on outlets, fans, or any other inductive load.

Setup Instructions Overview

This is the digital manual for the Black Series Smart Dimmer Switch.

Navigating the Instructions

Please click on any of the sections in the Table of Contents to get started. We recommend working your way down as it follows an intentional flow that is user friendly and hub/gateway specific. As always, any questions, please see the Additional Resources links section or submit a ticket, we’re happy to help.

Quick Setup & Inclusion

This section assumes you have your switch wired correctly, the blue LED bar is lit up and you are ready to include (pair) your switch. If you have not wired it and tested to see if it works locally, please visit the Wiring Instructions section first.

Inclusion (Pairing)

When you are ready to include/pair your switch, please start the inclusion process on your Z-Wave enabled hub. Once your hub has started the inclusion process, quickly tap three (3) times on the configuration/favorites button (C) and the LED Bar (D) will start to pulse blue.

Video Demonstration

If your switch includes successfully, the LED Bar (D) will blink Green temporarily and then go back to Blue. If the switch does not include successfully, the LED Bar (D) will blink Red temporarily and then go back to Blue.

If you run into issues where your switch is not including, you may have to try an exclusion process. To exclude your switch, start the exclusion process on your hub and then tap the config/favorites button (C) 3x rapidly. If you continue to have issues after an exclusion, you may have to move the switch closer to the hub.

Getting to Know Your Switch

Please refer to the above diagram to get to know your switch.

A. Light On / Increase Dim % Level: Tap 1x to turn on your light or hold to increase the brightness level (dim percentage).

B. Light Off / Decrease Dim % Level: Tap 1x to turn off your light or hold to decrease the brightness level (dim percentage).

C. Config / Favorites Button: Used to configure certain parameters of the switch.

D. RGB LED Bar: Multi-functional LED bar that shows the % level at which your switch is at.

E. Air Gap: This can be pulled out to cut power to the load and is there for safety purposes.

Wiring Your Switch

Do not attempt to install these switches if you are unfamiliar with electrical as serious injury can occur.

Safety Reminder

Consult a qualified electrician if necessary as we are unable to give wiring advice outside of schematics .

If you are unsure how electrical circuits work, please do not try installing this device. As exciting as it is to have a smart switch installed, it can be dangerous and even life-threatening if you do not install it correctly. Improper installation will void the product’s warranty.

Please read through the warnings on the next few pages before installing your switch. We can’t stress enough how dangerous installation can be if you don’t know what you’re doing.


Please click on the dropdown below to read the warnings.


Caution - Please Read: This device (LZW31) is intended for installation in accordance with the National Electric Code and local regulations in the United States, or the Canadian Electrical Code and local regulations in Canada. If you are unsure or uncomfortable about performing this installation consult a qualified electrician. This product is made for indoor use only and is not designed or approved for use on power lines other than 120VAC, 60Hz, single phase. Attempting to use this LZW31 on non-approved power lines may have hazardous consequences.

Attention – Information importante: Cet appareil (LZW31) est conçu pour être installé conformément au « National Electric Code » et aux réglementations locales aux États-Unis, ou au Code canadien de l’électricité et aux réglementations locales canadiennes. Si vous ne vous sentez pas à l’aise ou qualifiés pour effectuer cette installation, veuillez consultez un électricien qualifié. Ce produit est conçu pour une utilisation intérieure uniquement et n’est pas conçu ou approuvé pour une utilisation avec une ligne électrique ayant un voltage autre que 120 VCA, 60 Hz, monophasé. L’utilisation du LZW31 avec une ligne électrique non approuvée peut avoir des résultats dangereux.

Other Warnings: Risk of Fire, Electrical Shock & Burns

Autres avertissements: Risque d’incendie, de choc électrique et de brûlures

Recommended Installation Practices: Use only indoors or in an outdoor rated box. Turn off the circuit breaker. Installing this switch and module with the power on will expose you to dangerous voltages. Connect only copper or copper-clad wire to the switch or module.

To reduce the risk of overheating and possible damage to other equipment, do not install to control a receptacle, a motor-operated appliance, a fluorescent lighting fixture or a transformer supplied appliance and do not use the LZW31 load output to control no more than indicated, which is: 400 Watts (Incandescent), 300 Watts (LED), and 150 Watts (CFL).

Dimming an inductive load (by connecting to the light load wire), such as a fan or transformer, appliance, motor or any device not specifically designed for dimming, could cause damage to the dimmer, the load bearing device, or both. To install your Dimmer Switch (LZW31), you’ll need to identify the following four wires (NOTE: Neutral is not mandatory, but recommended):

  • Line: Usually black and can also be called the, “hot” or “live” and carries 120VAC electricity into the electrical box

  • Neutral*: Usually white and is commonly daisy chained from box to box, usually appearing as a white wire bundle.

  • Load: Usually black, blue or red

  • Ground: Bare copper wire or metal fixture (if grounded)

* Neutral is mandatory in certain installations. See the compatibility chart below.

If you are having difficulties identifying wires, please consult an electrician.

Pratiques d’installation recommandées: Utiliser uniquement à l’intérieur ou à l’extérieur dans une boîte adaptée aux conditions extérieures. Éteignez le disjoncteur. L’installation de cet interrupteur et de ce module alors que le courant est allumé vous exposera à des tensions dangereuses. Connectez uniquement un fil de cuivre ou gainé de cuivre au commutateur ou au module.

Pour réduire le risque de surchauffe et d’endommager d’autres équipements, il est important de connecter des lumières incandescentes ayant moins de 400 watts, des lumières DEL ayant moins de 300 watts, des ampoules fluocompactes ayant moins de 150 watts ou un ventilateur utilisant moins de 1 ampère et ce dernier avec l’interrupteur en mode marche/arrêt uniquement.

La gradation d’une charge inductive, comme un ventilateur ou un transformateur, pourrait endommager le gradateur, l’interrupteur ou les deux appareils. Veuillez régler l’interrupteur en mode marche/arrêt si vous utilisez un ventilateur.

Pour installer votre variateur (LZW31), vous devrez identifier les quatre fils suivants (REMARQUE : le neutre n'est pas obligatoire, mais recommandé) :

  • Ligne: généralement noire et peut également être appelée « chaud » ou « sous tension » et transporte l’électricité 120 VCA dans le boîtier électrique

  • Neutre: habituellement blanc et connecté en série d’une boîte à l’autre, les fils sont habituellement attachés ensemble dans la boîte électrique

  • Charge: habituellement noire, bleue ou rouge

  • Mise à terre: fil de cuivre nu ou boîtier métallique (si celui-ci est mis à la terre)Si vous rencontrez des difficultés à identifier les fils, veuillez consulter un électricien.

Équipement médical: Veuillez ne pas utiliser cet interrupteur pour contrôler de l’équipement médical ou nécessaire à la survie. Les appareils Zigbee ne doivent jamais être utilisés pour contrôler la marche or l’arrêt d’équipement médical et/ou nécessaires à la survie.


Before we go into actual steps, it’s important to be familiar with the vernacular used on the following pages. Please see below:

  • Line: This is your hot wire (120V) - aka: “live” wire

  • Load: This is the wire that runs from your light switch to what you’re controlling (ie: bulb(s), fan, etc)

  • Neutral: This is the wire that carries current back to the power source (you may not have this in your house)

  • Single-Pole: One switch controlling one or more load(s)

  • Multi-Way: Refers to 3-Way (2 switches, 1 load), 4-Way (3 switches, 1 load), or 5-Way setups (4 switches, 1 load)

  • Toggle (“Dumb”) Switch: Refers to your existing switch (ie: the switch(es) you had before replacing with your smart switch(es))

  • Aux Switch: Refers to the Inovelli Aux Switch (

Step 1 - Determine Wiring Type

The first step is to determine how many switches control your load(s) (aka: light(s)).

Using the diagram below, please determine what your wiring type is and remember this selection :

  • Single-Pole: One switch controls one load (load may contain more than one light, etc).

  • Multi-Way: Two or more switches control one load (load may contain more than one light, etc). We will use the term, “multi-way” instead of 3-Way, 4-Way, 5-Way, etc as the programming of the switch is the same regardless.

Wiring Type (Circle One): Single Pole or Multi-Way

Step 2 - Determine Switch Layout

If you determined in Step #1 that your switch is single-pole, you can skip this step. This step is for multi-way setups only.

Using the diagram below, please determine what your wiring layout is and remember this selection :

  • Smart Switch + Toggle Switch: One smart switch and one (or more) toggle/existing switch (one already in your wall).

  • Smart Switch + Aux Switch: One smart switch and one (or more) aux/add-on switch (Model #: AUX01 or

  • Smart Switch + Smart Switch: Two (or more) smart switches.

Switch Layout (Circle One): Toggle, Aux, or Smart Switch(es)

Step 3 - AC Power Type

In this step, we will determine if you have a neutral wire, which is typically white and located in the back in your switch gang-box (typically in a bundle of wires tied together). Here are some signs you may have a neutral wire:

  • If your house was built in the mid-1980’s or later

  • If there is an outlet (receptacle) near the switch

  • If switches are in the same gang-box (regardless of the year your house was built)

See below for details on checking for a neutral wire.

AC Power Type (Circle One): Neutral or No Neutral

Step 4 - Compatibility Check

In this step, we will determine if your switch can be installed with your current wiring setup. If not, you can see some alternate solutions on how to accomplish compatibility.

Taking the answers you circled in Steps 1-3, please see the chart below to see if your switch is compatible with your setup.

Example: If you circled, “Multi-Way”, “Toggle Switch” and “Neutral”, you will see that your wiring is compatible. However, if you circled, “Multi-Way”, “Toggle Switch” and “No Neutral”, you will see that your wiring is not compatible and you will need to purchase an auxiliary switch (

For installations where no neutral wire is present, you may need to install a special bypass to prevent flickering and/or keep your switch powered. Bypasses can be purchased here:

Step 5 - Switch Installation

The last step is to physically install your switch. After you’ve determined your wiring type, switch layout, AC Power type and whether or not you have a compatible setup, it’s time to look at the wiring schematics and install your switch. Please move on to the section below that goes over the various wiring schematics and remember the choices from Steps 1-3 above when you're searching the schematics.

Wiring Schematics

Please see the following link to the wiring schematics for this switch: Black Series Dimmer Switch Schematics

UL specifies the tightening torque for the screws to be 0.8 N.m (7.08 lbf-in).

Manual Setup

PLEASE NOTE: We recommend you use your smart hub to change any parameters. However, if you are an electrician or do not have a smart hub and your switch is not working properly, you can follow the instructions below to manually program the switch.

If you are using your switch in a single-pole and neutral setting, you can skip this step. However, if you plan on installing this switch in a Multi-Way setup and/or a non-neutral setting, please follow the instructions below.

Since this switch has so many different available configurations (Multi-Way Dumb, Multi-Way Aux, Neutral, Non-Neutral, etc), you may need to pre-program the switch to work manually by following the directions below.

Switch Configuration (Non-Neutral)

To put your Black Series Dimmer Switch into non-neutral mode, please follow the directions below (again, this is much easier to do this via your app by changing Parameter 21 to a value of 0):

  • Hold down the configuration button for 10-15 seconds until the LED Bar turns yellow and let go

  • Tap the configuration button 12x and look at the LED Bar after your 12th press -- it should long flash yellow 1x and then fast flash 2x, indicating it's on the proper parameter

  • Tap 1x on the bottom paddle (off part) -- the LED Bar should remain blank

  • Hold down on the configuration button for 10-15 seconds until the LED Bar turns yellow and let go -- it should blink cyan to confirm the setting was saved

Feel free to check out the GIF below to see a video representation of the above bullet points.

Video Demonstration

Switch Configuration (Multi-Way Existing/Dumb or Multi-Way Aux)

To put your switch into either multi-way existing/dumb or multi-way aux, please follow the directions below (again, this is much easier to do this via your app by changing Parameter 22 to a value of either a value of 1 for dumb/existing or a value of 2 for aux).

Multi-Way + Existing/Dumb

  • Hold down the configuration button for 10-15 seconds until the LED Bar turns yellow and let go

  • Tap the configuration button 13x and look at the LED Bar after your 13th press -- it should long flash yellow 1x and then fast flash 3x, indicating it's on the proper parameter

  • Tap 1x on the top paddle (on part) -- the LED Bar should blink violet 1x

  • Hold down on the configuration button for 10-15 seconds until the LED Bar turns yellow and let go -- it should blink cyan to confirm the setting was saved

Multi-Way + Auxiliary

  • Hold down the configuration button for 10-15 seconds until the LED Bar turns yellow and let go

  • Tap the configuration button 13x and look at the LED Bar after your 13th press -- it should long flash yellow 1x and then fast flash 3x, indicating it's on the proper parameter

  • Tap 2x on the top paddle (on part) -- the LED Bar should blink violet 2x

  • Hold down on the configuration button for 10-15 seconds until the LED Bar turns yellow and let go -- it should blink cyan to confirm the setting was saved

Feel free to check out the GIF's below to see a video representation of the above bullet points.

Video Demonstrations

Multi-Way + Existing/Dumb

Multi-Way + Aux

Hub/Gateway Setup

The Inovelli smart switch can be used on various hub platforms such as: SmartThings, Home Assistant - Z-WaveJS, Home Assistant - Z-WaveJSUI, Hubitat, and HomeSeer. If you'd like specific instructions on how to setup this switch on your hub's platform, please click the links below to be taken to them:

If you don't see your hub listed above, please go to the, "Quick Setup & Inclusion" section for generic instructions.

Advanced Features

The advanced features shown below are what is built into the switch firmware, and may or may not be supported by your hub/ gateway. We’ve confirmed they’re supported on SmartThings, Hubitat, and Home Assistant (ZWave JS and ZWave JS UI).

These switches are packed with a ton of amazing features, which include scene control (multi-tap), animated notifications, smart bulb mode, energy monitoring, and approximately 20 different parameters to customize your switch.

Switch Parameters

To see the list of parameters on this switch, please click on the following link: Black Series Dimmer Switch Parameters

All parameters can be changed via your hub if your hub supports parameter changes (most do). If your hub does not support parameter changes, or you do not have access to your hub, you can change some parameters directly from the switch.

Z-Wave Associations

Z-Wave Associations are used to "associate" two or more Z-Wave devices together. The benefit is that when two Z-Wave devices are associated together, they no longer need the hub to communicate with each other (they will still report status to the hub). This is important because if your hub goes offline, the associated Z-Wave devices will still communicate. Some common examples are:

  • 2+ Z-Wave switches associated together to create a virtual multi-way setup (like if you have a light switch at the top of your basement stairs and another one at the bottom but they are on different circuits, you can now associate them together so that when one turns on, so does the other)

  • Z-Wave switch to Z-Wave bulb

Setup instructions are different for each hub, so we've created instructions for the following hubs:

Z-Wave Information

Please see the below sections to learn more about Z-Wave and how it relates to this switch.

DSK Location

The DSK information required for some inclusion methods can be found either on the product (QR Code located at the bottom front-left of the switch), or on the back of the box at the bottom left (QR Code located at the bottom right). Please keep this in a safe space or write it down for your records.

Z-Wave Association Groups

Group 1: Lifeline

Members of this group will receive unsolicited messages related to the status of the switch

Group 2: Basic Set

Sends start and stop commands to associated devices

  • Single press on the up button sends BasicSet (0xFF)

  • Single press on the down button sends BasicSet (0x00)

Group 3: Switch Multilevel Set

Sends dim/brighten commands to associated devices when switch is pressed.

  • Hold & Release up button sends SwitchMultiLevelSet which keeps associated devices in sync with this device

  • Hold & Release down button sends SwitchMultiLevelSet which keeps associated devices in sync with this device

  • Single press on the up button sends SwitchMultiLevelSet (0xFF)

  • Single press on the down button sends SwitchMultiLevelSet (0x00)

Group 4: Switch Multilevel Set

Sends start / stop level change to associated devices



  • Hold Down button sends SWITCH_MULTILEVEL_START_LEVEL_CHANGE (Dim Down)


Z-Wave Command Classes



































Manufacturer Compatibility

This product can be operated in any Z-Wave network with other Z-Wave certified devices from other manufacturers. All non-battery operated nodes within the network will act as repeaters regardless of vendor to increase reliability of the network. Each module is designed to act as a repeater, which will re-transmit a radio frequency (RF) signal by routing the signal around obstacles and radio dead spots to ensure that the signal is received at its intended destination. The Inovelli Black Series Dimmer Switch is a security enabled Z-Wave Plus™ device. A security enabled Z-Wave Plus controller must be used in order to fully utilize the product.

Factory Reset / Exclusion (Removal)

To factory reset your device, first, hold the Configuration / Favorites Button (C) for 20 seconds until the LED Bar (D) turns red and let go. The switch should blink red a few times indicating it has been factory reset. You may also use a certified Z-Wave controller to remove the device from your network to factory default. Only use these procedures in the event that the primary controller is missing or otherwise inoperable.

Exclusion will reset your device as well and can be done directly from the hub. This is helpful if you’re running into issues with inclusion. To exclude a device, start the exclusion process on your hub and press the Configuration / Favorites Button (C) 3x rapidly. The LED Bar (D) will start pulsing blue and if successful, it will flash green. If unsuccessful it will flash red.

Video Demonstration

Product & Contact Info

Product Info / Specs

Name: Smart Dimmer Switch

SKU #: LZW31

Power: 120V AC, 60Hz Signal

(Frequency): 908.42 MHz

Operating Temperature Range: 32-95° F (0-35° C)

Maximum Load (Watts): Varies*

  • Single Gang: 400W Incandescent, 300W LED, 150W CFL

  • Double Gang: 300W Incandescent, 200W LED, 150W CFL

  • Triple Gang: 200W Incandescent, 200W LED, 150W CFL

Range: Up to 100 meters line of sight between the Wireless Controller (HUB) and the closest Z-Wave Repeater.

Certifications: UL Listed (#E528330), FCC/IC & Z-Wave Plus Certified

For indoor use. Specifications subject to change without notice due to continuing product improvement. Not rated for inductive loads or fans.

*Single-Gang refers to having all heat sink tabs in place, Double-Gang refers to having only one side of the heat sink tabs removed and Triple-Gang refers to having both sides of the heat sink tabs removed.

Compatible Hubs

While most Z-Wave enabled hubs are compatible with the Black Series 2-1 Switch, the hubs below have been tested and verified to work. If you do not see your hub listed, please reach out prior to purchase.

  • Samsung/Aeotec SmartThings (V1, V2, V3 - SmartThings Station is not compatible)

  • Hubitat (C4, C5, C7, C8)

  • Home Assistant (ZWaveJS, ZWaveJS UI)

  • HomeSeer (HS3, HS4)

  • Ring*

  • Qolsys IQ2*

  • Wink*

*Limited functionality

Company Info / Warranty

If you run into any issues, feel free to reach out to us. We typically answer tickets within 24-48 hours and are staffed by actual smart home owners.

All Inovelli products come with a one (1) year warranty (defined as 365 days). This warranty protects you from breakdowns in the material or workmanship under normal use. This warranty is limited in a couple areas. Purchases must be made from Inovelli or an authorized reseller. The product should be used in the manner directed in the instructions. The product must only be used and/or installed in the United States or Canada.

For full warranty info, please visit:

Project Knight Flank

Project, “Knight Flank”, aside from having a cool name, is actually a pretty sweet project. The name comes from chess, where the Knight is more of a supplemental piece. It hangs out on the board while the Bishops, Castles and Queen make their moves and works in tangent with them to ultimately put the opposing King in check. These switches are very similar in that they are supplemental to your home’s smart home strategy. They work in tangent with many other smart home products, many HUB’s, and together with our other devices, they flank the competition and put them in check to bring you an incredible smart home.

So, thank you for not only your support but for helping us put out the next generation of smart switches. Here’s to turning the “lights out” on ordinary smart switches!

To see the origin of this project, as well as the journey scan the code or visit: Project Knight Flank

PDF Copy of the Manual

(Keep in mind this may be out of date)

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