Hey all, I’m hoping you can give me a hand with this little dilemma.
I have an overhead light in my dining room controlled by a traditional wall switch. I’ve also got 4 lamps scattered around the room that provide additional light. Those lamps all use GE LED smartbulbs and are paired with my SmartThings hub. What I’d like to do is just set it up so that when I turn on the dining room light, the lamps pop on. I also want everything to look “stock” so I would like to continue using a light switch that looks like a normal lightswitch. Here’s what I’ve tried so far:
-First, I put another GE smartbulb in my overhead light. Then I wrote a script so that when the bulb turned on, it would also turn on the lamps. No dice. Turns out the bulb seems to only register as being ‘on’ when it’s actually turned on from the hub. When you just power up the bulb, my hub doesn’t realize that it’s on.
-Second attempt was to use an Aeon Labs microswitch. I installed that in the box behind the toggle switch. Well, now I can turn the overhead lights on and off with the hub but I still can’t get the hub to actually read a “status” from that switch. If I flip the wall mounted light switch on, the overhead lights pop on but the hub still shows them as being ‘off’.
What do you all think? Is there an easy way to get my lamps to turn on using a standard, in-wall type toggle switch?