I’ve mentioned before that I rarely touch a light switch anymore, but as more and more connected bulbs make there way into my home, there are “others” that wish to disrupt the bliss of my automated lighting.
To keep things civil, I picked up 7 Intermatic CA5100’s for under 12 bucks a piece. I hardwired the Hues at the switchbox, and replaced the old switches with these. Initially I was using ‘The Big Switch’ to turn the Hues on and off when they were activated, but I wanted more control.
I wanted control over a single set of lights (like the ones over the pool table or kitchen island), but also to restore and/or adjust scenes that may have been changed from physical use of the switch, all from the same switch.
I just finished an app I call ‘HAM and Switch on Tap’. This app essentially combines ‘The Big Switch’ and ‘Double Tap’, but in a way where the single taps and double taps for both on and off are handled discretely (that essentially means four possible modes for each switch). The options are the same: lights to go on and off; lights just to go on; and lights just to go off. I have also added HAM Bridge commands for tap on, tap off, doubleTap on, and doubleTap off. And all of the above are totally optional.
I now have three of these installed in the main living areas downstairs and that ‘other’ person is now going to be very happy when she returns. She can get the light she wants when she wants it, and I can control the rest of the scenes in the process.
There is currently a delay of 3 seconds for the single tap events (while it waits to see if the second tap is coming). That can probably be moved down to 2 (or maybe even one). I’ll play with it some more tonight.
Upstairs is next!