Bedside Lamp setup

I am working on a bedside lamp setup and would appreciate some help sorting out how best to do what I want.

Here is what I was thinking:

Two bedside lamps, each with a smart bulb.
Switch at the door (Possibly a Pico remote) that would turn on/off/dim both lights at the same time.
Pico remote on each nightstand that controls that lamp but also has the ability to to turn off the other lamp maybe via a double tap or some other option if the Pico can handle that?

That's doable! I'm not sure if the pico can do a double-tap but you could use the center button on the 5 button remove to toggle the opposing lamp on/off. And they make a nice little stand for the pico that is perfect for a bedside table.

Or you could use Alexa...

Pico Double tap was introduced an update or two ago.. I use it on several of my Pico's

The bottom button of the Pico's are used for "off" (naturally :slight_smile: ) and that turns off the light in "this room" -- but a double-tap turns off lights in this room PLUS a wider circle... like hallways and such. Basically I use it as a "turn off the lights that are shining in this room, keeping me awake" :smiley:

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While I didn't care about the dimming I used a Tuya 4 button scene switch. You could use 2 of the buttons for dim up and dim down. The are capable of click, double click, and hold. So a total of 12 commands (good luck remembering what does what)

Also, you can clone the first one you setup so you only have to do it once.

I have that exact setup...

Opted not to have light switches put in -but sconces can still be turned off manually. 2 Picos - one on my side the other on my wife's side. WAF is high with this particular setup.

Am thinking about upgrading our master bedroom light switch to a newer smart switch with scene control, that way can use double-taps at the switch like I do elsewhere.

I have something similar but use Zooz Zen34's. We have them mounted to the side of the nightstand with command strips so we can remove them if needed. They have single tap, double tap, and held state for both up and down.

Another idea if you have a good zigbee network would be to make the lamp smart instead of putting a smart bulb in it. Sonoff makes a generic zigbee controller that can turn the lamp on and off over zigbee if you have any desire to do that as well. You would just need to cut the power cord and wire in the controller. I have used a couple of them.

I have the exact setup you're asking about. It works great. I use Pico remotes on each nightstand, along with one on the wall next to an overhead light switch. Picos are great as they can blend right into a Decora style wall-plate alongside a real switch.

I use the Advanced Button Controller (ABC) app as it makes this task very simple to setup. Make sure you use Zigbee bulbs (or Philips Hue bridge connected bulbs) as these support the "StartLevelChange" and "StopLevelChange" commands, which are needed to allow you to push and hold a button on the Pico to increase/decrease the level of the bulbs.

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@cory We have a pico on a pedestal on each night stand. Top and bottom buttons on/off respectively. Lower up lower down dim up/down respectively. Center button on each pico turns off all lights, tv's, locks doors, forces blinds closed if open etc. Basically shut down the house at night. For the bulbs we use Lifx.

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I’ve been using the Zen34 also. They work very well and my wife actually likes them.

Our picos work like this currently:

  • Top/Bottom buttons Single Tap - toggles sconce related to the pico pressed (wifes side or mine).
  • Top/Bottom buttons Double Tap - toggles sconce opposite to the pico pressed (wifes side or mine).
  • Top/Bottom buttons Triple Tap / held - toggles both sconces based on an HE sconce group "on" state.
  • Middle button toggles a noise machine, no extra taps
  • The up/down buttons control the main light and recessed lights or both based on single/double/Triple taps respectively.

Notes:

  • I could have done straight on/off for top and bottom buttons but found the toggling action has been more acceptable / oddly less confusing. Seems to be more about the taps..
  • I am using a Node-RED subflow I wrote called "Button Taps" that uses timing to detect multi-taps for any button controllers including Lutron Picos (with legacy HE driver).
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