Thanks again ogiewon.
I wanted to just post here what I did for the logitech harmony in case there is anyone else using a simple remote setup like mine and wants to keep it that way.
Instead of making the "listen to music" activity button turn on my receiver, I made that one turn on the living room lights.
I then set one of the colored buttons below the actual home control buttons to specifically turn on the receiver.
The off will end any running activity as it normally does, as well as turn off the lights.
I am happy enough with this setup as the only functionality i no longer have is the ability to adjust the brightness of the lights, which I kinda sorta don't really need to do, and I never could have changed the color temperature with smartthings anyway
Thanks again to everyone for putting me on the right track with this.
Oh, that NodeRed thread. WOW. thanks.
That one seems to be bit out of my league. What I'd try to then do in order to work around needing to do all of that is to get the HE to talk to the MQTT I have on my Raspberry Pi.
This Node-Red/raspberry pi is what I use for my solar panel stuff so emoncms is what I use for the graphing.
does HE have an MQTT app/driver?
I could then pick up the Hubitat variables i need in Node-Red via MQTT.
Many thanks once again.
I've been messing around home automation stuff since the days of x10, and never ever has everything worked together with such finesse.
I'm really really really enjoying the Hubitat experience.
Thanks to the team for putting it together.