Fibaro RGBW Controller (DTH link in post 32, police light smartapp link in post 79)

One more question that I forgot to ask above:
Can I/should I connect a z-wave dimmer switch to the Fibaro RGBW controller? I understand that the Fibaro dims individual colours from the RGBW selection to create any colour in the palette, but can you also use a z-wave dimmer switch connected to the controller to then dim your selected colour or does this have to be done through software?

The controller itself changes colors, dims and turns on/off

if this is a stupid question, apologies…

the reason for using the fibaro rather than something like the Hue Lightstrip or Osram Lightify strip is what? does it provide some functionality that the others do not?

and follow-up on the “wiring switch to analog inputs” comment - would that be in the same electrical box or does the placement not matter? having problems visualizing physical connections/wiring needed from a light switch somewhere on a wall in a kitchen and having an LED strip turn on under kitchen cabinets

You can use any LED strip with this controller, including multiple strips connected together (as long as you have the power to run them). With the Hue and Osram, the strip is all part of the controller. Not sure if you can add on to the strips or not. But you can get much brighter/higher quality LED strips and integrate them in to ST with this. Another benefit are the Inputs, and the ability to control 4 channels independently (all white, you lose RGB control doing this).

Also the Fibaro supports a higher wattage without the need for more amplifiers as far as I know, although this is a bit more complicated to answer. But I have osram lightify and the fibaro and I prefer the fibaro as it is also a zwave repeater and easy to use/install with a more customizable interface. Plus fibaro products are quite premium.

Twack,
Can you modify this police app to activate by a Virtual Switch instead of a contact sensor?

-Brian

Sounds like you want a Button in the App on your phone that when Pressed, turns on the Police Lights?

@BrianEliot,

Here you go:
Turn-on-Police-Light-When-Switch-Is-On.groovy

Here’s another app that I had that is kind of fun. It allows you to choose what action, or color/program, that the Fibaro RGBW controller will run. If you don’t pick an action, it will cycle through the list of possibilities, changing each time the contact sensors opens.
Trigger-Fibaro-RGBW-Action-From-Contact-Sensor.groovy

Hope you enjoy,
Twack

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Hmm, I’m getting an error.

startup failed:
script14449179723581561030171.groovy: 24: unexpected token: switch @ line 24, column 12.
subscribe(switch, “switch.on”, switchOnHandler)
^
1 error

@BrianEliot,

Fixed! Update your app and re-run. Let me know how it works for you.

Todd

Thank You!! This works great!

I can now have my Fibaro RGB LED lights flash “Police” colors by Smart Home Monitor during an Alarm and if any doors sense Vibration.

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@twack Any idea why this device doesn’t work with a lighting automation? I created one to set the color and brightness level when motion was detected. The switch state changes to on but the strip doesn’t actually light up. Here’s data from the log:

77046060-a0ce-4f52-9aae-a0f3822aee5f 4:32:45 PM: debug Fibaro RGBW Controller, setColor([switch:on, hue:70, saturation:100, level:50])
77046060-a0ce-4f52-9aae-a0f3822aee5f 4:32:45 PM: debug color = [switch:on, hue:70, saturation:100, level:50]
77046060-a0ce-4f52-9aae-a0f3822aee5f 4:32:45 PM: trace ambientLightOK = true
77046060-a0ce-4f52-9aae-a0f3822aee5f 4:32:45 PM: trace timeOk = true
77046060-a0ce-4f52-9aae-a0f3822aee5f 4:32:45 PM: trace timeWindowStop = null
77046060-a0ce-4f52-9aae-a0f3822aee5f 4:32:45 PM: trace timeWindowStart = null
77046060-a0ce-4f52-9aae-a0f3822aee5f 4:32:45 PM: trace daysOk = true
77046060-a0ce-4f52-9aae-a0f3822aee5f 4:32:45 PM: trace modeOk = true
77046060-a0ce-4f52-9aae-a0f3822aee5f 4:32:45 PM: trace ambientLightOK = true
77046060-a0ce-4f52-9aae-a0f3822aee5f 4:32:45 PM: trace timeOk = true
77046060-a0ce-4f52-9aae-a0f3822aee5f 4:32:45 PM: trace timeWindowStop = null
77046060-a0ce-4f52-9aae-a0f3822aee5f 4:32:45 PM: trace timeWindowStart = null
77046060-a0ce-4f52-9aae-a0f3822aee5f 4:32:45 PM: trace daysOk = true
77046060-a0ce-4f52-9aae-a0f3822aee5f 4:32:45 PM: trace modeOk = true
77046060-a0ce-4f52-9aae-a0f3822aee5f 4:32:45 PM: trace triggerHandler(motion: active)

Edit: Not sure if this is related but I can’t actually open the Fibaro device in the ST app right now either, it crashes the whole app every time I try.

Is no one else having an issue controlling their Fibaro controller from the ST app? I’ve tried clearing cache and replacing the type code but I can’t open the device at all any longer.

I can control mine fine. Even with the Android version (right before it freezes & crashes every time)

I had to completely remove and re-add the device. I think it’s related to the fact that I tried to include it in a lighting automation since that’s when the trouble started, but it kept crashing even after I removed that automation entirely.

Is anyone else successfully using this with a “Turn on & Set Color” lighting automation?

Can anyone here point me to a device type that controls RGBWW light strips with the Fibaro controller?

This is working but I cant just have the warm white on with this device type.

Also, my colors are a bit backwards…

You can try a beta version of the device type here.

On the lights being a bit backwards, I find that some of the strips do not have the wiring quite right. Just switch around the outputs from the controller.

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If your colors are backwards it’s a wiring problem, although the wiring issue could be from the manufacturer. I have 2 strips - one is wired properly and one has red/green reversed.

This device type does control the soft white lights also. Turn down the color slider at the top and use the slider under the color wheel to control the brightness of the white LEDs.

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Whats changes does the beta version offer over the code posted on 21Jan?

Also, I feel like a tool. I wasnt expecting to have a scroll in the app. After scrolling down within the app, I saw all the different color settings! This is a great feature.

Yeah, they were backwards. I checked the beginning of this thread and that wiring setup worked. Now I have all the colors reacting to the right settings. I even setup the police lights. The kids are gonna love that!

Nice - this device type fixed the lighting automation issue I reported a few posts up.