Often after we have guests over, I’ll find our bathroom GE dimmers set to ~1%… practically invisible. I believe what’s happening is the guest is not familiar with the smart dimmers and instead of hitting it only once to turn off, they hold it down until it’s dark. This leaves it set at a very low level so the next time it’s turned on, it’s too low to see and seems to do nothing.
Any ideas how to prevent this?
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The hardware can’t prevent it; so there’s two options:
Only provide a “software” switch (or remote like a Minimote, some Hue options I think, or ActionTiles if practical).
or … Have a SmartApp (like CoRE) watch the Switch for a low dimmer value being triggered and have it instantly override with a more practical value.
Does the device not have any firmware parameters that you can set to prevent this?
I have no experience with GE Dimmers, but with the Fibaro Dimmer 2’s there are several parameters you can set in the firmware to prevent this. E.g. Minimum Dimmer Level and also Forced Switch-on Level so even if the level as set by a previous user to 1%, it will still go to a level that you’ve specified when switched on again.
If not, you would have to implement something in a SmartApp like the CoRE piston @RobinWinbourne suggested above.
I initially tried the same with all my Fibaros, but I wanted to keep the option of low level dimming and I also didn’t like loosing the previous dimmer level every time I turn them on (unless below 5%).
The CoRE piston is a nice solution.
I’m not sure if GE dimmers have the same level of configuration options either…
I decided to skip CoRE for this one, since I don’t need these rooms to remember their last brightness level. I found this app, which just resets them to 100% every time they’re turned on: Dimmer on bright
I’m glad I’m using smart bulbs rather than wall dimmers… and that we are using Alexa for basic lighting functionality. Wife and I both know we can tell any light, be it Hue or Cree, to “turn on X percent” via Alexa and it does it. And guests simply flip the switch - and when that does not work (because with Alexa we always have the switches ‘on’) they flip it again, which turns on whatever bulb is attached at 100%.
It just so happens I now have a similar situation. I have Cree Connected bulb in a small fixture with the switch always on. If someone pulls out the plug and plugs it back in, the default for the Cree is to go 100%. However, ST does not register the bulb as on until about a 1 minute 30 seconds have past.
Is there a way in coRE to push this check on the bulb sooner? I’m not familiar with what ‘ping’ and ‘refresh’ do or if those are what I might use. Suggestions?