I know this may somewhat counter my previous post, but hear me out please, this is still partially a mental exercise.
I am stuck with my wife liking the Hue bulbs...therefore I am getting the Hue bulbs. However, if someone shuts off a light switch, the Hue bulb no longer works. If I replace the switch with smart scene switches, and the network goes down, the Hub fries, Vera fries....I have no way to control the lights. Then this hit me...
What if I install basic Z-wave switches in place of my current dimmers (which all have to be replaced anyway). Then when someone turns off a light via the switch (accidently), Vera will detect this, wait a few seconds, turn the switch back on, wait a few more seconds and then turn the bulb off. These may seem stupid on the surface but here is the logic.
If my Vera system is down for any reason, then Vera will not react to the switch being turned off and it will behave intuitively as someone expected it to. If Vera is operating correctly, then Vera will automatically correct the situation.
The only catch I see is if the Hue system is down, then Vera will keep turning lights back on with the inability to shut the bulb off. So I will need to create a new home scene called "Manual Hue" where the scenes do not respond to switch off commands.
Is there anything I am missing?
I am still undecided on using scene switches for control of the lighting through Vera.