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Best Practice: How do you use Hue?

#1

Hi all,

I’m using Homey with the Hue bridge. However I’m having a mix of scenes (in iConnectHue), schedules to switch lamps on/off, activation through motion sensors etc. It drives me a bit nuts as I want to have everything in Homey so I have a perfect overview what is happening when.

However I find it a bit difficult to define in Homey how a lamp status should be (on, off, color, brightness) - having it to define for every single lamp is a bit annoying. So I’m wondering if there is a better way to do that and how you manage that…

I know, pretty open question, still hoping for some ideas. :slight_smile:

Johannes

#2

I think you should take a look at the groups app, maybe thats what you need. Its in the app store. Perfect for using without the bridge, ofcourse you need then the hue zigbee app also

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#3

Why you don’t use the Scenes you already created with the hue App?!

#4

My (limited) experience is that it’s very difficult to get Hue lights to operate exactly as you want using the apps available on Homey. After a lot of trial and error I gave in and now use the Hue app and in particular many of the Hue Lab formulas and it works great.

I still have every light added as a device on Homey which gives me an overview of each lamp’s status.

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#5

I do the same as Azz24, I use the Hue hub and while i’ve added the devices to Homey - for flows or if I have the app open. As well as created groups for them. (All Downstairs Lights) I generally use the Hue iphone app … its a piece of custom made software to solve controlling lights. - Its also faster to access the devices via Alexa/Google directly then via Homey.

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#6

Thank you all. Seems using Homey and a Hue app for whatever each is doing best is the „best practice“ :grinning:

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#7

With the hue bridge and Homey i trigger scenes. I never trigger a certain bulb

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#8

I find when I change colours / temperatures from within Homey the previous setting carries over to next time the light is turned on.
Eg a lamp is set to purple in the evening and turned off when I sleep. In the morning I want the lamp to turn on to a cool white setting. When turned on its goes purple first then changes to cool white. Not a major issue, but its annoying.
When I makes the changes outside of Homey using the native Hue App it works as intended.

#9

Up until last week (ie v3) If you attempt to change a value (using the Athom Homey App) while the device is turned off. Ie Globe is off and you set it to Cool white. The underlaying library Athom was using throws a tanty.

I noticed this color/brightness/hue/temps sent using the group app to a device which is off, but that was with version 3. I havent had a chance to test version 4 or look into how it is handled now.

I guess to get around this issue, they are turning on the globe … then changing it to what you have asked for.

Annoying, but perhaps knowing why will make it less so?

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