Automation in Hue Essentials

Automation in Hue Essentials.

Note that not all of the features below are supported on every bridge. So if you do not see one of the features in the app your bridge does not support it (currently).

When this happens

An event will start the automation. For example at a certain time or at sunrise. If using multiple events, any of the events will start the automation.

Events that can be added

Day and night

Event that will run at either sunset or sunrise. This uses the bridge location to determine whether it is day or night. Days can also be selected.

Time

Event that will run at a configured time. If the repeat option is enabled you can select the days this Automation should repeat on. If the repeat option is disabled this automation will only execute once.

External

Use this event to be able to start the automation externally. For example, from another automation, smart controls, widgets, quick settings tiles, Siri Shortcuts, other apps like Tasker, or manually using the API.

After saving the automation, the automation can be selected in other places in Hue Essentials.

The automation can also be started manually using the API. This is an advanced feature. See the following: Start an Automation using the API

Device state

Event that will run when device state changes to the configured range. For example, start an automation when the temperature changes to above a certain level or when it becomes dark.

Note: This event is only available for certain devices om the devices tab.

Under the conditions (optional)

Conditions that must all be met for an automation to be able to start. Conditions are optional. When using multiple conditions, they must all be met for the automation to be able to start.

Conditions that can be added:

Group on state

Use this condition to only execute actions if a group is on or off.

Day and night

Use this condition to only execute actions from sunset to sunrise or from sunrise to sunset. This uses the bridge location to determine whether it is day or night. Days can also be selected.

Time

Use this condition to only execute actions if it is within a certain time. Days can also be selected.

Device state

Use this condition to only execute actions depending on a device state. For example, only execute actions if the temperature is above a certain level or if it is dark.

What should take place

List of actions to run in this automation. For example switch on a light or group.

Actions that can be added:

Activate scene

This action will activate a scene in a group. First create a scene, then you can add this action.

Start effect

Start an Effect that you created in Hue Essentials in a group. Make sure the effect was saved to the bridge before using this action. See for more information about the effects: How to use the Effect Creator?

Stop effect

Stop any effects created in Hue Essentials that are running on the bridge. Note that this will not stop effects that are running from the phone.

Stop entertainment program

Stop any entertainment programs that are running. This will stop all entertainment programs in all apps. That includes the Hue Essentials programs like Dance Sensation and also other apps like Hue Sync.

Set group color / Set light color

Change the color of your group or light. See details for the types below:

Color

Switch on your lights to a selected color and brightness.

Increase color temperature

This will increase the color temperature by the configured value.

Decrease color temperature

This will decrease the color temperature by the configured value.

Stop color temperature change

This will stop a current color temperature change which is in progress.

Set group brightness / Set light brightness

Change the brightness of your group or light.

The Switch on toggle can be used to decide whether the lights should switch on. If enabled, lights will always switch on. If disabled, the brightness will only be changed of lights that are already on.

See details for the types below:

Set fixed brightness

Use this action to switch on your lights to a certain brightness percentage.

Increase brightness

Use this to increase the current brightness by a certain percentage. This will only change the brightness of lights that are already on

Decrease brightness

Use this to decrease the current brightness by a certain percentage. This will only change the brightness of lights that are already on

Stop brightness change

This will stop a current brightness change which is in progress.

Toggle group / Toggle light

Use this action to either switch on or switch off your lights.

Blink group / Blink light

Use this action to blink your lights once.

Toggle sensor

Use this action to either switch on or switch off a sensor. For example a Hue Motion Sensor. See for more information: Motion sensor activate/deactivate?

Cancel motion sensor actions

The action “cancel motion sensor actions” is intended for those situations when you want to temporarily suppress a motion response when there is no movement. See for more information: How to use “Cancel Motion Sensor Actions”

Wait

Use this action to wait between actions. This could be useful if you would like to switch on a light, and switch it off after a configured delay.