I’ve been toying around with different devices in my ecosystem and am now working on the bedroom. We currently have 2 Phillips Hue smart bulbs. One in each lamp on each nightstand. They each go to their own standard wall outlet and we use our google home or phone to turn them off and on. We have the SmartThings Hub and the Hue Hub as well.
There is a toggle wall switch next to the door that controls an unused outlet on a wall away from the bed. What I would like to do is to disconnect the switch from the outlet so that the outlet is always on. Then I would like to replace the switch with a Leviton DZ1KD-1BZ smart dimmer switch. We have others of this model in our home.
I’d like the dimmer switch to control the 2 hue bulbs and possibly even a third in the room, turning them off/on and being able to dim them. I’ve heard you can use the actions as a trigger, either with SmartThings, Google Home, and/or IFTTT. However, I’ve never done this before and didn’t know if the dimming feature would work (or anything for that matter).
My questions are
1.) Has anyone tried something similar and do you have advice on getting this started?
2.) Is using the dimmer switch as a trigger the best solution? Will it dim the bulbs? and how do I set it up?
3.) I can switch the outlet to always on (I have an electrician friend helping me), so do I essentially just hook up the dimmer switch to a power source, ground line, and not to a circuit? (I really just like the position of it being next to the door, but don’t really want it to control anything on the circuit. I also don’t want the switch battery powered).
Thanks for your help in advance.