Thanks for reply!
Your approach sounds great, but my assumption was that sort of rule, “go to
X% dim at Y:00”, if setup as a regular/out-of-the-box rule, would happen
for all the lights, whether they were on or not.
What I want is to only change lights that are currently on/as soon as they
turn on, e.g.:
At 9pm, turn any light that is on down to 20% dim, leave other lights off.
If any light is turned on after 9pm, immediately set it to 20% dim.
At 7am, turn any light that is on up to 100% dim, leave other lights off.
If any light is turned on after 7am, immediately set it to 100%.
Is that possible with SmartLights?
Oh, hm, looking at this:
In theory I could make 1 or maybe 2 automations per dimmer, and have that
automation triggered by mode, and only if mode is on? E.g.:
Automation 1 for dimmer A, trigger on time=9pm, when mode is on, set level
Automation 2 for dimmer A, trigger on mode change, when time is >9pm, set
level to 20%
Repeat for each dimmer
And then make these two rules for each dimmer, sounds like that would do
what I want?
Do you know if there would be a large delay for the 2nd rule? E.g. if I hit
the “on” button at 10pm on a dimmer, it’s default action will be “go to
100%”; how long until the SmartLights catches it, and sets it back to 20%?
Ideally there would not be a flash to 100% and then ~X seconds later it
drops to 20%. But maybe that is too fancy, and just using the physical
dimmer +10% button after Xpm is reasonable enough.
Really what I would prefer is if the dimmers were smart enough to tell them
"here is the max level I want you at; I don’t care if you’re on or off, but
if you’re on, or whenever you turn on, here’s your max level".