I'm experimenting with a Hubitat hub dedicated to Zigbee bulbs as a possible alternative to the Hue Bridge I have been using. To that end, I've been directly pairing a bunch of Zigbee bulbs of various types directly to this hub. Has anyone else tried this, and if so, have you run into any problems? I've run into a few that I'll explain below (but to save you from jumping to conclusions: if you've read anything I've posted before, you know that I am aware of Zigbee bulb routing issues, so that is not what I'm talking about here with "problems," and that's why I'm using a different hub).
The biggest problem I seem to have is that calling
setColor from an app does not change the color. Sometimes I have to click
setColor twice on the driver page to get it to actually change, but the problem seems to be even worse in apps. I'm passing a map like
[hue:99, saturation:79, level:2], which I'd expect to change to a pinkish red, but instead it stays at whatever the last color/color temperature (and I think level) were. I've noticed something similar when setting color temperature.
Similarly, sometimes when activating scenes, I have to turn them "on" or "push" twice to achieve the desired color/color temperature.
I've seen hints of others having similar issues and possible talks of a driver in testing that may fix this problem, but I can't find any official word on the subject. Has anyone else tried something like this and had a similar experience? For what it's worth, most of my color (and CT) bulbs are various generations of Hue, but I also have one Sengled and a few cool- and warm-white Cree Connected bulbs.
Speaking of the Sengled, I'm also having an interesting issue with it:
startLevelChange(up) often turns on the bulb, at least for a portion of the change, even if it wasn't already on. None of my other bulbs that I've tried this on do this (though I think they were all either Bridge or directly connected Hue bulbs). Interestingly, I think this only happens if the last-used level before it turned off was less than 100, possibly fairly low (mine are often around 10% because I have them dim before turning off).
I might go back to the Hue Bridge; the lack of support for "reading" Hue scenes is one of few drawbacks for me there. I was hoping putting them on Hubitat and being able to leverage group messaging natively might improve speed and save me from needing to define scenes/settings in two places (Hue scenes and...often the same settings in Hubitat again for various purposes). Since Hubitat's scene support is currently mostly just a software "emulation" of real scenes (albeit a more powerful one that allows you to include any type of device), I'm not sure there's a huge advantage here right now, either, but I have heard talks of that becoming a possibility in the future.
I'd appreciate any advice anyone may have (especially Mike or whoever knows a lot about Zigbee bulbs and drivers), but I thought I'd at least share my experiences to see if anyone has had similar experiences. If so, I guess anyone considering this should think twice before getting rid of their Hue Bridge.