I have some zwave GE wall dimmers and when I use the actual switch the light gradually turn on and off. However. When I turn them on/off using the hub, they go right to point. Anyway to make them behave like the actual switch?
I found an app called gentle wake up but it’s for turning the lights over a long period of time (and it doesn’t offer an option to turn them off gradually).
Thanks, I’m a total newbie
GE dimmers Use different “ramp rate” parameters for network commands and manual commands. It sounds like you may have yours set to different values.
I’m not feeling well today, so I’m going to let other people continue the conversation. But I’ll just put this link here for those who want to see the parameter options:
Also, since those are officially supported devices, support should be able to help you:
Try this handler to access the parameters JD mentioned. I usually change the device to use this, change the settings, then change it back to the default device handler so it still runs local.
I have created a new device handler for GE Dimmer Switches. It is a copy of the standard SmartThings “Dimmer Switch” that is normally used for the GE Dimmers but adds the ability to change all of the “advanced” features (Indicator Light, Invert Switch, Z-Wave Dim Steps, Z-Wave Dim Delay, Manual Dim Steps, and Manual Dim Delay). In the past I have used the “Pablo Dimmer Switch” to set these but the perfectionist in me didn’t like the hacky nature of that solution. Other than the added settings this has no difference from the standard handler so for day to day use I suggest using the standard handler and only use this to update settings.
Thanks a lot!
Now I have to figure out what is a handler and how to implement it.
“They” make it seem so simple and wait until you actually get the “Device Type Handler” (DTH) installed and loaded in the “IDE”…<-----More nerd talk…and see the parameters that are unlocked…Even more confusion!
Try this to get you started:
So you’re new to SmartThings, you asked a question, and someone suggested “custom code” as an answer.
Or you were browsing the forums, and you found something that sounded like it would be perfect for what you wanted, but again, “uses custom code.”
What does that mean, how hard is it to do, and what’s the difference between a “SmartApp” and a “Device Type Handler”?
(Note: the official terminology has changed a couple of times. “device type handler,” “device handler,” “DTH,” and “device type” all mean the same thing, and you will find all these terms used in the forums.)
SECTION I: SMARTAPPS AND DEVICE HANDLERS: WHAT THEY ARE
SmartAPPS: Tiny Programs to decide what a specific device should do when, or to collect the information from a specific device
SmartApps, including the various f…
Here is the link to the IDE:
haha, sorry! never know what level of experience people have.
Thanks a lot for all the help!. I was able to install the device handler and it shows as “nuttytree : GE Dimmer Switch”. But I can’t figure out how to assign it to my dimmer switch.
Goto the “My Devices” Tab and then click on the Device (GE Dimmer) then select Edit then Change the Device Type under “Type”. Custom DTHs are typically all the way at the bottom.
That was it! I was looking for a Nuttytree Dimmer and didn’t check all the way to the bottom (also I was not sure if I was in the correct spot)
I have installed DTH and able to change the type. Now, i am kind of confused for which parameter to change to turn the bulb instantaneously. Thank you in advance for the help.
Did you ever figure this out? I am trying to do this and got to the same place as you and now Im lost. Thanks!
The instructions that they gave me above, work.
Well kind of… It works when turning on or off the light, but if you request the dimmer to a specific percentage it goes straight to it