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deafgoose

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I would like to purchase a smart light switch that would turn my lights on at 1% brightness and increase to 100% over a 30min period at a specific time Monday to Friday to help wake me up.

can this be done on HomeKit?
 

waw74

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you can do it with hue bulbs
but you must use the hue app to schedule the long fade. You'll even get some color temperature change.
everything is done, you just need to tell it what time/days you want

home kit doesn't have a timing feature that i know of.

The bulbs will still be fully controllable with home kit.
i'm not sure what will happen if you use homekit to control one of the bulbs in the involved in the long fade while it's in the middle of fading though.
 

deafgoose

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It needs to be a light switch because I have too many bulbs in my room to replace.
 

deafgoose

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Nobody.? I thought this would be a pretty straight forward question...
 

waw74

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if you go with a z-wave switch, those have timing built in
They support scenes with timing, the scene can be 1 light or as many as you want. (you'll need to make sure the switch supports scenes though, not all do)

you would need to add a controller and a z-wave interface though. something like smartthings. or a number of others. you'll have to do research.

but once again, the scheduling for that would have to be done outside of homekit.
but you should be able to control the light the rest of the time in homekit.

you might be able to set up an event in whatever you choose, and set up a device in homekit to trigger that event. so you could start the fade with homekit, but all of the "action" would take place elsewhere.
 

deafgoose

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The more I learn about HomeKit, the more I realize how limiting it is. I might needs to switch to Google Home.
 

x-evil-x

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The more I learn about HomeKit, the more I realize how limiting it is. I might needs to switch to Google Home.
if you find something that can do a lot of lights then let us know but I don't think there is such a thing. My hue lights do it. Good luck finding one that can handle more than one light switch at a time.
 

zhenya

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Have you looked at the Lutron Caséta? From what I have read about it I would expect it to be able to do something like this, although the schedule may be controlled through Lutron’s app rather than HomeKit.

Another option would be replacing the bulbs with Philips Wiz models which are $12 each. These connect directly to Wi-Fi and you could do basically what you want (not exactly 1% to 100% but they have a 30-minute wake up mode) via the Wiz app. They are not HomeKit compatible, but if all you want is this feature, HomeKit doesn’t need to be involved. You could buy a $40 Google or Alexa speaker if you want voice control. This is the way we’ve been going - our house is all Apple including Homepods, but we have added a couple of Google speakers for smart home control.
 

x-evil-x

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Have you looked at the Lutron Caséta? From what I have read about it I would expect it to be able to do something like this, although the schedule may be controlled through Lutron’s app rather than HomeKit.

Another option would be replacing the bulbs with Philips Wiz models which are $12 each. These connect directly to Wi-Fi and you could do basically what you want (not exactly 1% to 100% but they have a 30-minute wake up mode) via the Wiz app. They are not HomeKit compatible, but if all you want is this feature, HomeKit doesn’t need to be involved. You could buy a $40 Google or Alexa speaker if you want voice control. This is the way we’ve been going - our house is all Apple including Homepods, but we have added a couple of Google speakers for smart home control.
Dont see in the luton app a continuous slow dim level up to full brightness. just set one percent at sunrise/sunset or a specific time.
I guess you can set 50 schedules slowly going up in brightness levels but who has time for that? I have one 2 lutron switches and the hub to control a ceiling fan and one track light.
 

rdowty

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My experience with the Lutron switches vs Hue bulbs is the dimming works better at very low levels with Hue. I imagine its more to do with the bulbs but when I had switches even the lowest level of brightness was pretty bright. Thats still kind of the case with Hue but also being able to set the color temp helps a lot.

As someone else said a few $30 Amazon Echo dots or Google Mini's scattered around is handy but you can turn the lights on an off with the switch you just can turn them back on with the switch off.
 

zhenya

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Ok, wasn’t sure if the app would have it.

This can definitely be done with the Wiz bulbs though. I have my kids’ bedrooms set up like this.
 
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