I have decided to take the plunge into Hubitat and my C-8 just arrived today. I also ordered two Lutron Smart Bridge Pro hubs to handle the 100+ Diva switches and dimmers I am in the process of installing. To this point, we have controlled almost all lighting automation through Amazon Echos.
That said, we have had the Lutron skill enabled in Alexa and have used a combination of Groups (Alexa) and Scheduled Events (Lutron) to do things like control rooms, turn lights on and off at set times, etc.
Am I correct that all of those things should now be replaced and consolidated within the Hubitat environment? In other words, while the devices themselves (switches, dimmers, etc.) will be added to the Lutron hubs, all control and connection between Lutron and Alexa should be made through Hubitat? And that all rooms, groups, scenes, schedules, etc. should be done in Hubitat and nowhere else?
I assume I need to basically re-do all the setup I have done so far so I want to make sure I get it right the first time. Many thanks in advance for advice on the subject!
I have a similar architecture - two Lutron Caseta Pro hubs, all Lutron Caseta switches and dimmers, two C-8 Hubitat Hubs and I use Google Home (legacy, minis, and displays).
What you have described is not the only way to put these pieces together but it might be the best way to put these pieces together and preserve your sanity. It can get pretty confusing to have multiple possible control points for automation.
That said, take a serious look at what you have and what you would like to improve. I'm not familiar with Alexa and what it can do. I would urge you to try to keep it simple - whatever that means with your combination of systems).
Though honestly if you want to avoid popcorning (one light ticking on/off at a time) create a keypad in the integration. Then set a scene in the lutron app and note the scene button number in the integration report and use that in your rule. So key press 6= Dim bedroom lights for knock boots time. The lights will come on/off as a group. Works well for all off as well.
Remove the integration from alexa then expose them from hubitat to the hubitat alexa integration for control, scenes etc...
Sorry for my ignorance -- I'm not sure what this means. Is there a tutorial somewhere for creating keypads?
I do, however, know what knock boots time is...
Just insert k,1,whatevernameyouwantogivetoit in the config code box...
Okay, thanks! I'll get into it later this week and give that a try.
I have a Hubitat C-8 hub (having upgraded from the C-7 and previously the Smartthngs). All my light switches are Lutron Caseta supported by the Lutron Pro bridge which connects to Hubitat through the excellent, responsive Telnet integration. I also have a few Hue light bulbs on a Hue bridge. I expose most of the devices connected to Hubitat to Alexa for voice control purposes. Alexa can control all of my Caseta lights and switches as well as Hue bulbs. I have a few Hue motion sensors, but I connect them directly to Hubitat rather than the Hue bridge as the Hue integration does not forward sensor status to Hubitat.
1, Connect all your Lutron devices to the Lutron Pro bridges and then connect the bridges to Hubitat through the Telnet integration.
2. Connect any Zigbee or Z-wave devices directly to Hubitat.
3. Hubitat supports a few WiFi/LAN connected devices. If you use them, connect them directly to Hubitat through your router and assign fixed IP addresses to each device.
4. If you have WiFi devices that are not supported directly by Hubitat, you might still be able to control them through Alexa. For example, I have a couple of Hunter SimpleConnect fans and lights that I control using Alexa. If necessary, you can use virtual devices to have Alexa controlled devices and events appear in Hubitat, but that might not be necessary. Getting the virtual devices to do exactly what you want is not always easy, so avoid doing that unless if fills a specific need.