I can’t believe I’m the first person to do this, but I do appear to be the first to post about it, so…
Installed two Hue Beyond pendant fittings yesterday, with the aid of Tim-the-builder. For those who don’t know, these are ‘permanent’ install LED fittings, with a dual light - one beefy downlighter at about 1000 lumens and a small ‘accent’ light above it. They show up in the Hue app as two distinct lights for each fixture, ‘Hue Beyond Up [N]’ and ‘Hue Beyond Down [N]’. Which is lovely - they’re groupable and controllable by the Hue app as you’d expect.
So - time to link the Hue Bridge to ST. Fine. Discover the two Beyond lights…
…and I get EIGHT new lights!!! (Hue Beyond Up 1 and 2, and Hue Beyond Down 1 to 6!)
After a bit of fiddling, it clicks - each of the downlighters is actually three separate LED bulbs, and while Hue groups the three into one light, ST doesn’t. So I basically have four separately controllable Hue lights for each fixture!
Which leads to a couple of questions, which aren’t quite the same even if they look it at first glance:
- Any suggestions on how best to group these in ST for minimal UI clutter (using Smart Apps, virtual dimmers etc)?
- How would one go about persuading an ST device type to view the downlighter as one light, not three? (more than willing to beta test this for someone)