[RELEASE] GE Motion Switch (26931) and Motion Dimmer (26933)

I haven’t found an automation that does this and placing it in manual mode would disable the other functionality that is needed. (motion sensing) vacancy, etc.,)

You’ll have to build the automation yourself, you won’t find something that complex, thus why I suggested WebCoRE. I suggest manual mode because the onboard occupancy timer will get in the way of automation. (you can’t change device firmware through DTH you can only turn it on or off…)

That leaves you putting the device in manual mode and then providing the logic yourself with smartlighting or webcore or some other smartapp. And that includes having to handle the basic motion sensor or switching the device in and out of manual mode.

I use Bangali’s rooms manager app to drive mine. But you may not need anything that complex. You can write a piston to do your custom scheduling and when that schedule is activated set the motion switch into manual mode. When it’s done, pop it back to auto occupancy or vacancy mode.

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Michael…I have your DTH install for my 26933 GE motion dimmer…odd thing is that physically holding the up or down button on the switch no longer dims the lights. Any suggestions on how to rectify this?

That is very odd…are you 100% sure it is a dimmer? There is always a chance a regular switch was put in the wrong box at the factory. Can you dim it via SmartThings? If it is the right switch, it just may be physically defective. The DTH has nothing to do with the physical operation unless you have programmically set it up as a switch.

Yes 100% sure. When I delete the DTH then I can press and hold up on the paddle to increase brightness and vice versa using the down paddle.

Ah…that is good…I should clarify my last statement. Normally, DTHs don’t affect the physical operation. However, the GE switches do have a mechanism that allows the dimmer to be a switch programmically. At the bottom of the interface you will notice an area called ‘switch mode’. This does exactly as you stated…physically will not allow you to dim the lights and to turn the dimmer into a switch. Pretty handy feature, but if you don’t want that, you can turn it off:


Ok. I shall uncheck that when I get home tonight. I thought I had to have that checked on order to operate the switch. I’ll let you know what happens. Thanks for the guidance.

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Just letting you know that I was able to successfully get the DTH to work and the dimmer is functioning properly now as well. Thank you for your guidance on this. I was wondering if I could ask you a follow up question. I have the dimmer setup to the auto on/auto off when motion is detected and light level is low but do you know if there is a way to instead have the motion sensor only turn the lights on during a specific period of time but auto shutoff whenever there is no motion?

What you are looking for isn’t in the DTH but is possible with a rules engine like Webcore.

Glad you got this worked out.

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Interesting new problem not sure if you are experiencing the same thing. Bit in the settings menu for the dimmer while scrolling down the list it auto refreshes and brings me back to the home screen in smart things. It started this today Everytime I am in the settings for the dimmer. Any thoughts

That sounds like a SmartThing issue…I just tried it on mine and I can’t reproduce what you are seeing. When things suddenly happen like that I tend to give it 24 hours as something may have changed on SmartThings end.

Can somebody do me a favor?

Modify refresh to look like this. Comment out temporarily all but the notificationV3 get in refresh and see if the device is actually sending a reply to this. I don’t see one coming back.

def refresh() {
  log.debug "refresh() is called"
    zwave.notificationV3.notificationGet(notificationType: 7).format()

Make sure your Z-Wave message method for notifications has some debug logging turned on like this for example:

def zwaveEvent(physicalgraph.zwave.commands.notificationv3.NotificationReport cmd) {
  log.debug "---NOTIFICATION REPORT V3--- ${device.displayName} sent ${cmd}"
  def result = []
  def cmds = []
  if (cmd.notificationType == 0x07) {
    if ((cmd.event == 0x00)) {
      result << createEvent(name: "motion", value: "inactive", descriptionText: "$device.displayName motion has stopped")
    else if (cmd.event == 0x08) {
      result << createEvent(name: "motion", value: "active", descriptionText: "$device.displayName detected motion")	  

Let me know what you see. Thanks in advance!

Did you ever get a response to this? I am curious what problem you are attempting to solve with this? Were you not seeing a refresh on your devices?

No response so far.

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