Im going to try to use this to solve the following:
- Bought some Merkury $12 LED Color changing bulbs from Walmart (That are awesome btw)
- Bulbs with Google and Alexa but no Smartthings support for this brand (that I could find).
- Use what he has built here to have Alexa recognize my normal Z Wave light switch as a contact sensor. So when I turn on the main living room light, Alexa will see the existing z wave light switch turn on (open), and will turn on the two extra lamps with led Merkury bulbs in them. I will be attempting to have the opposite happen when I turn the switch off (close).
I do not use webcore so I am going to try it without webcore. Any advice is welcome.
UPDATE!!! - THIS WORKS AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!! THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THEM!!! ANYTHING THAT ALEXA SUPPORTS IS NOW WORKING WITH SMARTTHINGS!!!
Clip from my reply to the another post:
“As of this post Alexa can only uses sensors as triggers (no support for switches) This thing, in the link, makes it a sensor and a switch at the same time, so it shows up as a sensor in alexa routines and shows as a switch in smartthings). I know this will be helpful for someone like me trying to save some money on color led bulbs. I bought some Merkury $12 LED Color changing bulbs from Walmart (That are awesome btw)”
- Tip: After you make the Device Manager (in Smartthings back-end) and you are making your switch (aka smartthings device) Make sure you select the Type “Simulated Alexa Switch”. Then refresh and have alexa discover devices. You will see it as a switch in Smartthings and as a contact sensor in Alexa (this switch can now be a trigger)
I manually flip on the main livingroom light switch (a regular Z wave switch),
It sends the signal to Smartthings that the switch has been turned on,
I use the Smartthings SmartApp "SMART LIGHTING " with a custom rule to turn on (or off) “Simulated Alexa Switch” whenever the main living room light switch is toggled.
Then ALexa sees this “Simulated Alexa Switch” as a contact sensor (Open = On / Closed = Off)
Then I just build a good alexa routine
Yes I did need the Gennie app for the wifi bulbs to set things up in there as well.
This should be enough to get started if you have a little Smartthings back-end experience. So if you can make a device handler (bu copy paste form gethum then this is a task you should be able to do no problem .
Final tip: If it is not working after your done, you may need to disable Smartthings in your Alexa App and then re enable it.