I’m trying to find something that is relatively simple to use for an alarm clock, as if things are too complicated then my girlfriend simply won’t be bothered with it.
I’ve got a couple of Hue Lux bulbs in our bedside lamps, but I’m trying to get it so that we can each set our own alarms and the Hue would work in harmony like so:
30 minutes before the alarm is scheduled to go off, Hue light turns on at 1% brightness
At scheduled alarm time, the Hue bulb would be at 100% and the select alarm noise would play on the phone it was set on
Once the alarm is dismissed (not snooze) the Hue bulb will dim back down to off over the next 5 minutes
It seems like a very simple request to mimic the behaviour of the very expensive S.A.D alarm clocks, and the setup I have at the moment with SmartThings isn’t working as well as it should.
At the moment, I’ve got GentleWakeup which sort of works, however it doesn’t sync with an alarm clock, so you can forget to turn either the actual alarm or the lighting on.
Worst case here is that we’re either late for work as the alarm didn’t go off, or on a day when we decide to turn the alarm off, we forget about the lighting and end up with the lights coming on at 5am!
I make a IFTTT rule that sees the word “wake up” in my google calendar to turn on a switch…you could do this to turn on a virtual switch and make an app or maybe there is one already to slowly dim on…only problem with this IFTTT rule is that it operates within 15 minutes of the calendar even aka if calendar is to go off at 5am it will start anywhere between 4:45 - 5:00am . . . . maybe there is a better IFTTT recipe you could use.