Really getting to grips with home HA can hep with a few quirks in my house. We have a light in a porch that is switched from a single gang switch in side the house. In the past, someone has wired an outside light into the porch light with a switch in the porch. Therefore we have a situation where the outside light can only be on if the porch light is on. If the porch light is off, the outside light has no power.
I have plans to do a lot of work on this part of the house so will rewire it in a year or tow but for now, I am trying to figure out how I use HA to make it into two lights that are separately switched. I can replace the light switch with a smart switch and do a small change to have it fed with permanent live and neutral but this will mean it can act as a traditional wired switch. I can also just have the two bulbs, porch and outside, left powered and fitted with smart bulbs
so, as I want to keep traditional switching for other family members, could a 2 gang smart light switch be used that isnt actually connected to anything physically but trigger HA to turn on smart bulbs?
I hope that makes sense and I thought I would ask before dropping any money on a switch to test it