One thing that I have not yet been able to figure out is to get all my lights to fade between brightness levels when I go between different moods.
I have philips hue bulbs and GE dimmer switches throughout my house and when I go from one mood to another (these are setup in Webcore when a certain routine executes) only my Philips lights fade. My GE dimmer switches just jumps to that new level and it just don’t feel right. Going between moods should be smooth (at least for me) else it just feels glitchy.
I might be wrong but I feel like doing this as a Scene in SmartThings it does fade GE dimmers smoothly BUT Scenes in SmartThings are not the best since it’s very slow and it does not change everything at one time.
So my question would be, anyone know of any custom device handler for GE switches that allows them to fade smoothly between 2 values? I found some where you can change the time of on/off ramp, but not anything where you can configure how fast it should fade between 2 values.
Looking forward to hearing back from the community on this issue.
Both the number of steps (or levels) that the dimmer will change and the timing of the steps can be modified to suit personal preferences. The timing of the steps can be adjusted in 10 millisecond intervals. As an example, the default setting for parameter 8 is “3”. This means that the lighting level will change every 30 milliseconds when the Dim Command is received. A value of 255 would mean that the level would change every 2.55 seconds. Combined, the two parameters allow dim rate adjustments from 10 milliseconds to 4.2 minutes to go from maximum-to-minimum or minimum-to-maximum brightness levels.
Most device type handlers will allow you to do this, I believe including the stock handler. Go to the device in your things list, go to its details screen, and there should be a tiny gears icon that you can click on to get to the parameters that are exposed.
If the DTH doesn’t expose them, you can temporarily change to the Z wave tweaker and do it that way.
So you set it for 100 milliseconds Between steps (that’s a 10th of a second) with 10 total steps. That means it’s doing the whole fade in a total of one second. To the human eye that’s going to look like a single jump.
If you just want to see if the parameters are working, set parameter 8 to 255. That would give you 2 1/2 seconds between levels, you definitely should be able to notice that.