Lowes IRIS Transition

Welcome aboard! It's going to be a different experience for certain, but once you get accustomed to the new way of doing things I think you're going to like the platform.

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Looking forward to it

@CAG unfortunately not. The biggest issue I see is the BLE local control. Next issue is do you have the hub? And if you do there is a chance someone could develop a Device Handle for them.

@damon.dinsmore No hub yet. I just ordered mine and will begin tinkering soon.

I just searched the SmartThings forum and there is no integration for those Bluetooth bulbs over there either. Bluetooth is going to be hard to work around, IMHO.

@cag - your best bet may be to sell the GE C Life A19 bulbs and replace them with Sengled bulbs for <$8 a piece. Sengled bulbs work very well with Hubitat as they are well behaved Zigbee mesh network members. They are NOT zigbee repeaters like many other bulbs. Those other bulbs often cause zigbee mesh instability because they are poor repeaters.

Soft White, dimmable

Or, if you want Color RGBW Zigbee bulbs, Sengled has you covered there too

Or you could go with a Philips Hue bridge and bulbs if you'd like to still be able to control them via a dedicated app on your phone, along with Hubitat control.


Lots of lighting options available. You could also use smart switches and dimmers with 'dumb' bulbs. You can use Z-Wave Plus, Zigbee, or Lutron switches/dimmers. (Note: Lutron Caseta switches and dimmers require the Lutron Smart Bridge PRO to act as a bridge between the Lutron Clear Connect RF protocol and the Hubitat Hub.)

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@cag - I do have one more idea for you, but your GE C Life bulbs would need to be connected to a Google Home device (using the C Reach device).

If you have a Google Home device, and can control your bulbs via voice control, then there is a one-way option to have Hubitat control these bulbs. It isn't exactly pretty, but it is doable for the somewhat tech-savvy.

You would need to run a Raspberry Pi (or similar) on your home network. On this RPi, you can run a NodeJS server called Google Assistant Relay. This NodeJS server can accept http commands that mimic voice control of a Google Home device, using the Custom Command [CC] feature of my Google Assistant Relay Driver for Hubitat. Take a look at the following guide. Again, not for those who want a simple plug and play...and definitely not as reliable as just using one of the natively supported lighting options I mentioned above...but it is possible!

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@ogiewon Thanks for the info. I do have a Google Home set-up at my house. I'll probably stick to plug and play devices during my transition to Hubitat and acquire something like the Sengled you recommended. For WAF purposes I'd like to replace some of the functionality I had with IRIS first before I go tinkering. Best Buy had an offer recently where you'd get a 2-pack of GE C Life bulbs for FREE with the purchase of a Google Mini Smart Lighting Kit (which includes 1 GE C Life bulb). The Google Mini kit was $35 so you'd basically get 1 Google Mini + 3 Bulbs for $35. It's safe to stay I have a healthy stock of bulbs that I'll have to find some use for.

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Ok I know this has been discussed several time but I would just like to be 100% clear on this. I recently acquired a iris smart key fob for free not the 4 button one it’s the one used to control the alarm on the iris hub so what I’m understanding from this conversation is that it will not work with Hubitats hub. I’m just trying to come up with an easy solution for my wife and kids I use the alarm feature on the hub but until the app comes out I’m left with no way to turn on and off I know I can get a keypad but a key fob will work better for the family, I tried the 4 button iris key fob but man that thing is the cheapest made piece of crap I’ve ever seen I purchased 2 and just installing the batteries broke them and I had to return for refund, I have a Aotec 4 button fob but that’s not supported. Any ideas and an answer on the iris smart key question is greatly appreciated.


This one? The NanoMote? They are supported on Hubitat.

Hank distributes them too, with slightly different markings.

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Thanks for the reply CS how big is the fob I will be giving these to the wife and 3 kids not worried about the wife but if it ain’t attached to the damn kids they lose it.

The Gen 1 IRIS Key Fobs were built like tanks. I use 2 till today.

Hey CAG I think I may have had the V2 4 button remotes when I tried to take the batteries out the pins on the inside broke off so they wouldn’t work i had to take them back.

Will the SmartThings button work it’s smaller?

They are small, but all the buttons are "exposed" -- they are NOT pocket ready, in my opinion.

Have you considered the SmartThings Arrival Sensor? These are designed for use on a keychain, or in a backpack. They are Zigbee and simply send a periodic signal to hub. When the hub sees the signal, it updates the user's status to "present". When the signal is lost for a period of time, the user is marked "not present". You can then use these "presence sensors" to automate the arming or disarming of HSM, or to simply change the "mode" of the hub from Away to Home, for example.

As for buttons...

Here is a list of Hubitat button devices that are natively supported.

This post hasn't been updated in a while as there is now an official list of supported devices at List of Compatible Devices - Hubitat Documentation

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Yes Ogiewon I tried it but not on HE when I had that horrible smartthings hub I tested them out and let’s just say I almost got tossed out of my house for it, the damn thing would say my wife had left home at like 2 and 3 am in the mornings it drove her mad she said either they go or I do so I got rid of those things.

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If every family member has a smart phone, you could create a very simple Hubitat Dashboard to allow control of the Alarm arming state. You can save the url directly to the desktop of iOS and Android so the dashboard opens like a normal application.

Tried that, my problem is I’m not sure about your home life but everything in my house has to be wife approved she tried it for 2 days And wouldn’t use it again, so that’s why I need a device type situation, will be glad when HE comes out with the approved app.

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I created an account to respond to your post, as I have the same challenge. I had a hard time convincing my wife to try home automation, but Iris convinced her. As she put it, it was simple, and it worked, without being complicated. And issues usually ended up being user error, not the system, like family switching off things that Iris controlled, or blocking sensors. I'm still trying to find a solution to replace Iris, but I am reading all I can about Hubitat.

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The 'distance' between Iris and Hubitat is pretty vast.

I started Home Automation on a Staples Connect, which, like Iris, really wanted to control the experience. I understand exactly why too. You invest so much effort to bring a hub to life an you want people, especially the SO to love it, or at least not hate it. Controlling the experience is how that's done.

The Giants like Amazon (Echo), Google (Home) and Apple (HomeKit) still work behind the scenes to integrate new devices, usually before they are available, to get that 'logo.' Hubitat, like SmartThings, is able to be customized by anyone. All new devices will be functional on Hubitat and SmartThings well before any other Hub.

The result is instead of buying devices from the Compatible List, we go find the cheapest equivalent and then jump all the hurdles to get it to 'work OK.'

If you stick with items on the Compatible List, you will be running sooner and with fewer hurdles.

There's a list of Iris v2 and v3 devices. They should migrate over pretty easily. Certainly one of the most popular devices around here are the Iris v2 and v3 Motion Sensors. Fast, easy to pair. Work as expected. I know, I have 6.