Pair bulbs together

Can I pair two light bulbs together in one room and control just as you do with the Phillips Hue app?

Technically that’s “grouping”, not “Pairing,” but, yes you can. :sunglasses:

This is one of those areas where smartthings is very versatile but not very intuitive.

There’s a how to article in the community – created wiki on grouping lights for exactly this reason, it’s just not obvious from the app how to do it. But it can be done.

http://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index.php?title=How_to_Group_Lights_Together

Sorry, JD has got the better answer. As always we’re glad to have you around JD.

Sure you can. :sunglasses: It might require custom code, but you can definitely have one follow the other or both follow a master virtual switch, depending on exactly what you need to have them do.

1 Like

Thanks for the information JD. I had never read this article but it’s good info.

1 Like

Thanks for the help! I would ideally like to be able to have one bulb follow the other by controlling a “room” but not limit myself to that option if I want to only control one bulb in some instances. The article is very helpful. I’ll play with the smartapps function and see what I can come up with.

1 Like

When you say “virtual switch” - how might one go about setting that up? I would like to do exactly that. Have a “grouped” bulb that’s basically called bedroom and controls two bulbs with one change. Otherwise, I have to set one then set the other to the exact same color/dim/ambiance, and it’s not easy to match.

It’s pretty easy. The link to the Instructions for setting up a virtual switch are in the wiki article. :sunglasses:

Here it is again:

So I followed the FAQ for setting up a “simulated switch” now I’m wondering how to set lights to be controlled by this Virtual Switch. In other words, how do my “things” end up part of the virtual switch?

Seriously, that’s all in the wiki article. Did you get a chance to read that yet?

You just use the virtual switch as the “master” in the step by step scenario in the wiki article. :sunglasses:

I need to pair multiple bulbs in the same fixture to my smartphone app. But it only ever recognizes one at a time, then when you put the other bulb into pairing mode, it puts them both into pairing mode because they’re in the same light fixture and power source, then the app only recognizes one again and only one gets paired. I’m totally frustrated. I heard the help center for a brand of bulbs said this can’t be done and they need separate fixtures. But I was wondering if anyone figured out how to do this. Maybe a different app. We have tried smart life. And go life, and we heard kasa smart works in this situation

What’s the brand and model of the bulbs?

Worst case:

Screw only one bulb into the fixture. Pair it. Unscrew it again.
Screw the second bulb into the fixture. Pair it.

Now put the first bulb back into the fixture. With all the brands I know of you will end up with two separate bulbs each paired to the network. But I don’t know if there’s something unusual about the particular brand that you are using.

© 2019 SmartThings, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy

SmartThings; SmartApps®; Physical Graph; Hello, Home; and Hello, Smart Home are all trademarks of the SmartThings, Inc.