I'm about to make the leap for a substantial portion of the house from using smart switches only (with dumb bulbs) to using smart bulbs in combination with my existing switches. In the one place in the house that currently has a smart bulb, I'm using the Switch Bindings app to automatically sync the dimmer device (which has no actual device on its load) and the smart bulb. I've found that the slight delay in propagating brightness from one to the other means that "dim until it looks right" never really works, though. Regardless, that is likely too simple when there are many bulbs and a single switch.
I'm thinking of basically using some RL instances as Groups, then using the activator device in other apps (including other RL instances) as if they were still a single dimmer that controls all the lights.
- RL: Kitchen Lights, all the smart bulbs in kitchen
- Means to activate: Command with Activator Device~, Kitchen Light Switch~
- Means to deactivate: Command with Activator Device~, Kitchen Light Switch~
- Switch Binding: "Kitchen Light Switch" and "RL Kitchen Lights Activator" to make the wall dimmer work, and so any existing rules still work
- RL: Downstairs (existing) commands each group of lights as a single entity
- Means to activate: Mode Changes
- Means to deactivate: Mode Changes
Does this seem like a sane approach? Is there something different I should be considering?
Edit: From some of the RL and Groups threads, it looks like this is the right path, except that a switch shouldn't be added as a second activator for the group. That should happen purely via Switch Binding.