Scenes is a needed feature. I think of it as a subset for Routines, which admittedly I hardly bothered with before Scenes.
In my home, lighting is everything! Can’t be too bright in the night time and has to be bright enough in the daytime. We have a mixture of 3000kv, 5000kv and 2700kv bulbs. We have several RGBWW setups and a couple of Hue Color Floods.
Having this much variety can give many different moods and settings. Scenes make it easy to manage the various moods for each room. Yeah, you can do this with virtual switches and webCoRE but having the ability to do it quickly within the app is handy.
Den we have:
RGB Lighting Behind TV
Lamp on Dimmable Outlet
2 x Hue Blooms
I could say: Alexa, set ceiling lights to 20%, set lamp to 10%, set bloom 1 to ambient green; set bloom 2 to dark ambient green, set tv light to blue, set tv Light to 21%, set…
Or I could say: Alexa turn on Ron TV
The beauty of Scenes is that each family member may like the room set up differently but many of the settings overlap.
We all like the ceiling light at 20% so there is no need of redoing that because there is already a Scene called Den Ceiling 20%…
Once you find that perfect light setting, just store it in a Scene and then use Routines to trigger the Scenes.
Routines are more rigid.
Ron TV Routine also has these going on:
Turn On Fireplace
Turn Off Den Automation
Turn Off Hallway Automation
Turn Off Kitchen Automation
Turn Off Various Lights
Turn On Fire TV
Set Downstairs Heat to 72
That’s a lot going on just to watch TV but we have about 4 different TV watching Routines!
I like it and I am actually using Routines again because this is actually faster than using webCoRE!