After much, much work in diagnosing my Zigbee network, I have found an issue and a way to temporarily fix the problem, but only for a few days.
Background: My Sengled tuneable white and full color lamp bulbs have been acting strangely since moving to my new house 3 or so months ago. By strangely, I mean they’ll stop responding to commands from the app, Google, and Alexa, but show the proper status in the app. And in some cases, they’ll stop showing the proper status, but still function normally. When the bulbs start getting funky, they do it in pairs or three at a time.
There’s been nothing I can do to stop the strange events. Resetting bulbs to factory, unplugging the hub for hours to rebuild the mesh, rebooting in the IDE, nothing.
Finally I found a common link. The bulbs having issues are routing through any of my 25 Eaton Halo recessed lights.
I decided to switch off all 25 Halo lights and unplug my hub, leaving the Sengled bulbs powered. I rebuilt their mesh first, finding that even bulbs 3 feet from the hub, they’ll find a powered outlet to use for routing. Then I allowed the Halos to be powered switch by switch over a couple hours time.
My Sengled bulbs worked fantastic! Perfectly responsive…for 3 days. Then a single bulb routed through a Halo again without warning. This messed up that bulb and then the rest of my Sengled bulbs started messing up as well.
Now, I’m trying to determine if this is because these are different types of lights, Halo being ZLL repeaters and the Sengled being dead end devices? Are the Halos just amazing at finding a signal, but terrible at broadcasting? Any ideas?
My next step is to replace my 7 Sengled bulbs with something Z-Wave or move to Hue for some lights. I also have an unused and new Sengled hub I could use, but I have SmartThings Buttons I want to use and don’t know of a way to make those work with the other hub in use.
So, I’m looking for recommendations and if anyone has any similar experiences with resolutions?