Hue Lights discussion

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Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:12 pm
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Re: Hue Lights discussion

Yup

I should have been clearer.

I have good quality strips but the range of zigbee controllers I have tried are not as solid as the hue contollers


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Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:15 pm
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Re: Hue Lights discussion

Hello again. Glad I could help.

I'm actually not the best person to ask about which specific lights to get as I've only had experience using the original Philips branded Hue Light Strip. I've not seen or used any non-Philips products yet with the Hue bridge.

Assuming the Hue bridge sends the correct ZigBee commands with the WW/CW and RGB-CCT controllers (and the controller understands them), you should be able to set the color temperature on any controller that supports the color temperature method specifying color.

joesan wrote:
Thanks Nathan. You're a gent.

May I ask you, what's the best option to choose here to control a WW/CW strip?

I can switch on and alter the colour temperature of my white only strips using the Gledopto RGB-CCT controller but it's a bit hit and miss. If I bought the GLEDOPTO CW/WW controller what model of light would I choose and would your Hue plugin only show controls for white (as opposed to RGB)?

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Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:16 am
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Re: Hue Lights discussion

Nathan..

Ok another Enhancement Request.

The first was an option to make the Hue Plugin less noisy in the Indigo Log.

The new one is the option to log Hue events to a CSV - ideally the way that AutoLog has with his TRV plugin.

This means that the logs can be read by Dave17's MatPlotLib Plugin, but the Hue Plugin writes to the CSV when activity offers and now a sample every minute/5 mins /15mins, which are pretty useless at recording activity such as Motion sensors. i.e. the CSV engine has to be performing its periodic status update exactly the same time as an event is occurring or miss it all together.

Neither important or urgent in any shape or form.

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Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:34 am
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Re: Hue Lights discussion

Hi again.

Thanks for the suggestion. The reduced logging frequency is still a possibility. That could be useful for a lot of users and wouldn’t require a huge amount of coding (though it would require quite a few hours of work). Adding native CSV output, while not completely off the table, is less likely (at least from me) as it would require a lot of coding and would be only useful to a small number of people. Anyone is welcome to create a new GutHub branch of the plugin code and make any changes they like though. But again, I appreciate the suggestions.

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Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:04 pm
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Re: Hue Lights discussion

Understood - just my 5c worth :-)

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Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:09 pm
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Re: Hue Lights discussion

Hi Nathan,

Assuming the Hue bridge sends the correct ZigBee commands with the WW/CW and RGB-CCT controllers (and the controller understands them), you should be able to set the color temperature on any controller that supports the color temperature method specifying color.


Re this point. It makes sense that if you haven't use the Hue lights that you may not be the most familiar with the alternatives. I think the basis of the issue is that Hue strips are all RGB so the plugin shows RGB controls. In my case (and this may be an edge case where not many people are doing the same thing) I'm trying to control only CW/WW but the Hues strip plugin attempts to allow RGB control. I think it is this aspect that may be resulting in less reliable results. So, when I attempt to switch the strip on, it will not come on until I adjust the temperature and I cannot switch it off by clicking the OFF button.

It's very curious but it's not something I'm sure can be fixed.

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Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:10 pm
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Re: Hue Lights discussion

My view is that this a Hue Plugin.

It works great for my Hue lights and motion sensor.

The fact it controls non Hue Zigbeeis a great bonus.

The zigbee devices I control through the Hue Plugin largely work,often well with some painful exceptions.

The zigbee light strips often turn on at only 25% or not at all reporting they are on and 100%.

I use Indigo to always send an additional on/100% whenever an On is sent, to ensure it lights up.

My take away is that the Hue Plugin is for controlling Hue lights, which it does exceptionally well.

If it does anything else a bonus, can’t ask for more, even if it doesn’t work well.

Maybe we could get someone to write a zigbee Controller plug-in?

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