I have several lutron caseta switches on my first floor, currently connected by non-pro bridge, and controlled using either switches, or scenes I activate through google assistant ("Hey google, turn on all the lights")
I have a HE, but learned that I can't directly integrate Lutron without pro bridge.
I would like to add a motion sensor for my first floor, so that if there is no motion for 30mins, the lights can turn off.
Is there anyway I can accomplish this without spending another $100+ on the pro bridge? Even if I can't directly integrate lutron, I'm hoping there is a way through IFTTT or Google assistant scene activation.
You could make it happen via an Amazon Alexa 'Routine' (even if you don't have an Amazon Echo device.) Just install the Amazon Alexa mobile app on your phone, sign into your Amazon account, and then enable both the Hubitat Skill and the Lutron Caseta Skill. You can then use Hubitat motion and contact sensors (real and/or virtual) as triggers for the Alexa Routine that you create in the Alexa mobile app on your phone. Then have that Routine control the Caseta lights as you see fit.
The beauty of this is that it is free and performance is fast and reliable (although not as fast or reliable as using a SmartBridge Pro directly connected to your Hubitat hub over your LAN.
Thank you. For someone who is just getting started on this, why is smart pro bridge so useful? So far, with the non-pro bridge, I am able to tell google to control the switches, and automate some daily routines, etc. If I can also do the automatic lights-off for vacancy using the alexa routine, i think i will be pretty happy.
What are some of the major use cases that I will get with the pro bridge that I'm not getting with non-pro bridge? I've heard people using pico remotes for more than controlling just lutron caseta switches, but i guess i'm failing to see what other kinds of things I would actually control that's useful, so i'm curious to hear about some good examples.
Having everything work quickly and reliably, even when your internet connection is down, is pretty awesome. Using Pico remotes to control non-Lutron devices is great. In fact, I bought my SmartBridge Pro2 just for Pico remotes. I liked the Lutron ecosystem so much that I replaced all of my switches, dimmers, and fan controllers with Lutron Caseta.
This is the old version. The new version is L-BDGPRO2. Among other changes, the upgrade includes HomeKit compatibility. The old ones do not receive any updates. Lutron has a liberal replacement policy and will exchange the old for the new. But buying these old ones just to exchange is a fair bit on the sleazy side IMO.
Thanks Aaiyar - that's quite a lot of functions, and I think I'm starting to understand the value. My next question is why pico remotes over something like smartthings button for $15? is it mainly that you get a lot more buttons per remote, and therefore you can configure 5x actions?
Lutron ClearConnect uses a really low frequency (around 400 MHz) - so it travels really really well through materials that homes are constructed with. As such their reliability is much better than z-wave remotes (~900 MHz) or zigbee remotes (~2400 MHz).
In my small house, I have seen signals from z-wave and zigbee remotes fail on occasion. I have never seen a Pico remote fail ....
Pico battery life is about 10 years. So that is a huge plus. They are inexpensive, and high quality.
It is much nicer to be able to dim using these vs a one button remote where you either cannot dim at all, or you have to have some convoluted rule where you would cycle through dimmer levels.
You are also mostly correct about 5X actions, you actually can have a lot more than that depending upon how you configure the button. You can actually used pressed, released, and held events in Pico.
I also use a single Pico for more than one function. I have a 4 button Pico that runs a ceiling fan and light combo, two buttons for each. That allows me to dim, change fan speeds, and everything with only one Pico.
Pico are simply the most versatile, reliable, and (IMO) best looking buttons available.
Lurton has been so reliable I often forget about my plagued Z-wave days. I can recall several nights I had to go down to flip the breaker to reset a faulty Z-switch before turning the lights out for the night. I'd almost consider redeploying some of my Z-swtches until I had to help someone fix the same issue the same way.
Not everyone has issue with Z-wave switches, but like @cwwilson08 mentioned do some searches for Z-wave issue and Lutron issue and you'll likely see a pattern.
So as for the $100 price tag "you get what you pay for"
Lutron is cool especially the picos but you have to really like the look of the switches/dimmers. It's a little too "high tech" for our tastes. In our area toggles (and paddles) seem to be the norm. Going with the RA2 stuff to get the paddle look is too expensive to consider unless I was doing a new-build or major renovation.
I'm with you on that one re: the Caseta design. The other Lutron product lines that can integrate with Hubitat come in a variety of designs, including regular decora/paddle switches. But they are not easy on the wallet...