I’m still new, but I am starting to get into more of the automation of scenes and events. However, I am getting confused quickly. It may just be that I have been spending most of the last week learning and setting up devices and automations. I have items I am currently working on but I seem to be running into limitations with the ST capabilities
My main issue is the lights in my family room. I have three desired states and voice commands:
- White during daytime: “day”
- Orange (low blue light) at night: “night”
- Off: “Game Off”
These are all hue RGB bulbs. I want to be able to control them through voice and ActionTiles panels (happy wife = happy life)
In ST, the following setup for each state:
- A virtual switch as the “controller” for state change
- A scene that sets all the lights to the desired state
- An Automation that turns off the other two and activates the scene
I cannot seem to figure out the third state: Off. My Hue hub has a group name of “Game”. So, when I say “Turn Game off”. Alexa links that to the Hue group, and not the virtual switch “Game Off”. This prevents my ActionTiles “game off” tile from switching.
Things I have considered:
I could remove the Hue Skill from Alexa. It does not appear to do more for me than interfere with ST. this would at least remove the items that were on the Hue Hub when I got ST from my list of commands. I cannot figure out how to get into the Hue Hub since I allowed ST to take it over.
Just having a (virtual) button to turn the lights off when on would be fine. In reality, it would work jsut fine.
At this point, I think there is something I don’t understand about the methods to group lights, automations, and virtual switches. I would also like to know if there are any more advanced SmartApps to handle automations, and even more advanced automations.