Aqara cube rotate automation to brighten or dim lights

Tags: #<Tag:0x00007f739f246958>

I’m trying to get my aqara cube registered via ZHA on rasp pi in home to rotate left or right to dim or brighten lights in 10% increments. The cube automation are done via events (I.e rotate left). Can anyone possibly help me create a automation for this. I am still slowly learning home assistant and am struggling to figure out how to input the data values for lights.

This is what my automation looks like

This is what the full data looks like:
brightness: >-
{%if trigger.event.data.action_value | float > 0 %} {{
states.light.philips_edison_1.attributes.brightness | int + 50 }} {% else %}
{{ states.light.philips_edison_1.attributes.brightness | int - 50 }} {% endif
%}

As I mentioned, I’m still learning and this is not working. Nothing happens.

Try this in the service data:

brightness_step_pct: 10 #percentage to increase

Or

brightness_step: 25

To decrease, use a negative value

More info here: https://www.home-assistant.io/blog/2020/02/26/release-106/#stepping-up-and-down-the-brightness-of-lights

I can not give you a specific tip, but what helps me in those situtations is using the template test tool. (“Development Tools” -> “Template”[I think, mine is in German :wink:]). You can put code sniplets in there and it comutes the result. You can directly see whether a certain expression work as intended.

To confuse you totally:
Yesterday my cude arrived. I loosely followed the tutoria from Dr. Zzs:

By that I managed to switch radio stations by flipping the cube. Rotation left/right turn the volumeup/down. “Dropping” switches on/off.
I was struggeling especially with the volume up/down part, since the media_player service “volume up/down” just does minimal increments on my sonos. So I grabbed the actual volume and added a value to it. I then send it to the “volume_set” part of the service.
So this is a similar approach to yours.

My node red flow look like the code below. Don’t worry, you do not need to type it. If you would like to see the flow in Node-Red, just click “import flow” and paste the code into it. It creates all bells and whistles then.

[
    {
        "id": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "type": "tab",
        "label": "Flow 1",
        "disabled": false,
        "info": ""
    },
    {
        "id": "2d4d3435.2b550c",
        "type": "server-events",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "",
        "server": "687f8e2c.ee7ec",
        "event_type": "zha_event",
        "exposeToHomeAssistant": false,
        "haConfig": [
            {
                "property": "name",
                "value": ""
            },
            {
                "property": "icon",
                "value": ""
            }
        ],
        "waitForRunning": true,
        "x": 230,
        "y": 140,
        "wires": [
            [
                "5613004a.b5c73"
            ]
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "5613004a.b5c73",
        "type": "switch",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "Cube1",
        "property": "payload.event.device_ieee",
        "propertyType": "msg",
        "rules": [
            {
                "t": "eq",
                "v": "00:15:8d:00:05:21:9c:e4",
                "vt": "str"
            }
        ],
        "checkall": "true",
        "repair": false,
        "outputs": 1,
        "x": 190,
        "y": 240,
        "wires": [
            [
                "435bb747.363b2",
                "91285d33.9dcae8",
                "a33c67dd.2b1c3",
                "c1f4739c.256eb",
                "a11fd732.d615e",
                "db31a524.83a1d8"
            ]
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "435bb747.363b2",
        "type": "switch",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "Drop",
        "property": "payload.event.command",
        "propertyType": "msg",
        "rules": [
            {
                "t": "eq",
                "v": "drop",
                "vt": "str"
            }
        ],
        "checkall": "true",
        "repair": false,
        "outputs": 1,
        "x": 350,
        "y": 200,
        "wires": [
            [
                "7c3a06a3.d8289"
            ]
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "7c3a06a3.d8289",
        "type": "api-call-service",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "",
        "server": "687f8e2c.ee7ec",
        "version": 1,
        "debugenabled": false,
        "service_domain": "media_player",
        "service": "media_play_pause",
        "entityId": "media_player.kuche",
        "data": "",
        "dataType": "json",
        "mergecontext": "",
        "output_location": "",
        "output_location_type": "none",
        "mustacheAltTags": false,
        "x": 590,
        "y": 140,
        "wires": [
            []
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "91285d33.9dcae8",
        "type": "switch",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "Rotate Right",
        "property": "payload.event.command",
        "propertyType": "msg",
        "rules": [
            {
                "t": "eq",
                "v": "rotate_right",
                "vt": "str"
            }
        ],
        "checkall": "true",
        "repair": false,
        "outputs": 1,
        "x": 370,
        "y": 260,
        "wires": [
            [
                "97dd92a5.e3c728"
            ]
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "a33c67dd.2b1c3",
        "type": "switch",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "Rotate Left",
        "property": "payload.event.command",
        "propertyType": "msg",
        "rules": [
            {
                "t": "eq",
                "v": "rotate_left",
                "vt": "str"
            }
        ],
        "checkall": "true",
        "repair": false,
        "outputs": 1,
        "x": 370,
        "y": 320,
        "wires": [
            [
                "9c8fa9b.3f81458"
            ]
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "7efe155c.323f4c",
        "type": "api-call-service",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "",
        "server": "687f8e2c.ee7ec",
        "version": 1,
        "debugenabled": false,
        "service_domain": "media_player",
        "service": "volume_set",
        "entityId": "media_player.kuche",
        "data": "{\"volume_level\":{{payload}}}",
        "dataType": "json",
        "mergecontext": "",
        "output_location": "",
        "output_location_type": "none",
        "mustacheAltTags": false,
        "x": 1110,
        "y": 240,
        "wires": [
            []
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "c1f4739c.256eb",
        "type": "switch",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "Slide",
        "property": "payload.event.command",
        "propertyType": "msg",
        "rules": [
            {
                "t": "eq",
                "v": "slide",
                "vt": "str"
            }
        ],
        "checkall": "true",
        "repair": false,
        "outputs": 1,
        "x": 350,
        "y": 380,
        "wires": [
            []
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "a11fd732.d615e",
        "type": "switch",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "Drop",
        "property": "payload.event.command",
        "propertyType": "msg",
        "rules": [
            {
                "t": "eq",
                "v": "drop",
                "vt": "str"
            }
        ],
        "checkall": "true",
        "repair": false,
        "outputs": 1,
        "x": 350,
        "y": 440,
        "wires": [
            []
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "db31a524.83a1d8",
        "type": "switch",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "Flip",
        "property": "payload.event.command",
        "propertyType": "msg",
        "rules": [
            {
                "t": "eq",
                "v": "flip",
                "vt": "str"
            }
        ],
        "checkall": "true",
        "repair": false,
        "outputs": 1,
        "x": 210,
        "y": 600,
        "wires": [
            [
                "97c628b.a5bc758"
            ]
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "97c628b.a5bc758",
        "type": "switch",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "Side",
        "property": "payload.event.args.activated_face",
        "propertyType": "msg",
        "rules": [
            {
                "t": "eq",
                "v": "1",
                "vt": "str"
            },
            {
                "t": "eq",
                "v": "2",
                "vt": "str"
            },
            {
                "t": "eq",
                "v": "3",
                "vt": "str"
            },
            {
                "t": "eq",
                "v": "4",
                "vt": "str"
            },
            {
                "t": "eq",
                "v": "5",
                "vt": "str"
            },
            {
                "t": "eq",
                "v": "6",
                "vt": "str"
            }
        ],
        "checkall": "true",
        "repair": false,
        "outputs": 6,
        "x": 350,
        "y": 600,
        "wires": [
            [
                "f6f5ecfc.e5dc"
            ],
            [
                "8781f7aa.ed361"
            ],
            [
                "4020f126.5e28c"
            ],
            [
                "17ac8233.ecc816"
            ],
            [
                "8422763e.703f"
            ],
            [
                "46d27d2d.fba3a4"
            ]
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "97dd92a5.e3c728",
        "type": "api-current-state",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "",
        "server": "687f8e2c.ee7ec",
        "version": 1,
        "outputs": 1,
        "halt_if": "",
        "halt_if_type": "str",
        "halt_if_compare": "is",
        "override_topic": false,
        "entity_id": "media_player.kuche",
        "state_type": "num",
        "state_location": "payload",
        "override_payload": "msg",
        "entity_location": "data",
        "override_data": "msg",
        "blockInputOverrides": false,
        "x": 620,
        "y": 240,
        "wires": [
            [
                "35903133.a84d1e"
            ]
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "35903133.a84d1e",
        "type": "function",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "",
        "func": "var payload=msg.data.attributes.volume_level;\nmsg.payload = payload + 0.1;\nreturn msg;",
        "outputs": 1,
        "noerr": 0,
        "initialize": "",
        "finalize": "",
        "x": 860,
        "y": 240,
        "wires": [
            [
                "7efe155c.323f4c"
            ]
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "9c8fa9b.3f81458",
        "type": "api-current-state",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "",
        "server": "687f8e2c.ee7ec",
        "version": 1,
        "outputs": 1,
        "halt_if": "",
        "halt_if_type": "str",
        "halt_if_compare": "is",
        "override_topic": false,
        "entity_id": "media_player.kuche",
        "state_type": "num",
        "state_location": "payload",
        "override_payload": "msg",
        "entity_location": "data",
        "override_data": "msg",
        "blockInputOverrides": false,
        "x": 620,
        "y": 320,
        "wires": [
            [
                "d1b2b9fc.71218"
            ]
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "d1b2b9fc.71218",
        "type": "function",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "",
        "func": "var payload=msg.data.attributes.volume_level;\nmsg.payload = payload - 0.1;\nreturn msg;",
        "outputs": 1,
        "noerr": 0,
        "initialize": "",
        "finalize": "",
        "x": 860,
        "y": 320,
        "wires": [
            [
                "7efe155c.323f4c"
            ]
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "f6f5ecfc.e5dc",
        "type": "api-call-service",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "",
        "server": "687f8e2c.ee7ec",
        "version": 1,
        "debugenabled": false,
        "service_domain": "media_player",
        "service": "select_source",
        "entityId": "media_player.kuche",
        "data": "{\"source\":\"WDR2 Rhein und Ruhr\"}",
        "dataType": "json",
        "mergecontext": "",
        "output_location": "",
        "output_location_type": "none",
        "mustacheAltTags": false,
        "x": 740,
        "y": 440,
        "wires": [
            []
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "8781f7aa.ed361",
        "type": "api-call-service",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "",
        "server": "687f8e2c.ee7ec",
        "version": 1,
        "debugenabled": false,
        "service_domain": "media_player",
        "service": "select_source",
        "entityId": "media_player.kuche",
        "data": "{\"source\":\"Absolut relax\"}",
        "dataType": "json",
        "mergecontext": "",
        "output_location": "",
        "output_location_type": "none",
        "mustacheAltTags": false,
        "x": 740,
        "y": 500,
        "wires": [
            []
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "4020f126.5e28c",
        "type": "api-call-service",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "",
        "server": "687f8e2c.ee7ec",
        "version": 1,
        "debugenabled": false,
        "service_domain": "media_player",
        "service": "select_source",
        "entityId": "media_player.kuche",
        "data": "{\"source\":\"BR-Klassik\"}",
        "dataType": "json",
        "mergecontext": "",
        "output_location": "",
        "output_location_type": "none",
        "mustacheAltTags": false,
        "x": 740,
        "y": 560,
        "wires": [
            []
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "17ac8233.ecc816",
        "type": "api-call-service",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "",
        "server": "687f8e2c.ee7ec",
        "version": 1,
        "debugenabled": false,
        "service_domain": "media_player",
        "service": "select_source",
        "entityId": "media_player.kuche",
        "data": "{\"source\":\"95.5 Charivari Party Hitmix\"}",
        "dataType": "json",
        "mergecontext": "",
        "output_location": "",
        "output_location_type": "none",
        "mustacheAltTags": false,
        "x": 740,
        "y": 620,
        "wires": [
            []
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "8422763e.703f",
        "type": "api-call-service",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "",
        "server": "687f8e2c.ee7ec",
        "version": 1,
        "debugenabled": false,
        "service_domain": "media_player",
        "service": "select_source",
        "entityId": "media_player.kuche",
        "data": "{\"source\":\"TechnoBase.FM\"}",
        "dataType": "json",
        "mergecontext": "",
        "output_location": "",
        "output_location_type": "none",
        "mustacheAltTags": false,
        "x": 740,
        "y": 680,
        "wires": [
            []
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "46d27d2d.fba3a4",
        "type": "api-call-service",
        "z": "7e990ef4.69f198",
        "name": "",
        "server": "687f8e2c.ee7ec",
        "version": 1,
        "debugenabled": false,
        "service_domain": "media_player",
        "service": "select_source",
        "entityId": "media_player.kuche",
        "data": "{\"source\":\"Dance Classics\"}",
        "dataType": "json",
        "mergecontext": "",
        "output_location": "",
        "output_location_type": "none",
        "mustacheAltTags": false,
        "x": 740,
        "y": 740,
        "wires": [
            []
        ]
    },
    {
        "id": "687f8e2c.ee7ec",
        "type": "server",
        "z": "",
        "name": "Home Assistant",
        "addon": true
    }
]

Thank you! This worked!!

CeeCee thank you for your response. I have harmony hub and I want to use learn more about how to use cube for volume etc…it seems even more confusing. Hopefully I can use your flow to learn more.

Well, the basic idea of my flow should also work with templates.

use a binary command (rotate left/right) to decrease/increase a value.

If command received, get actual value, add/substract desired value from it, send new value

The rotation angle seems more cool to do this. You could directly set the new volume based on the relative angle change. But from my experience the value received heavily relies on the rotation spped applied by me. quick rotation gives good values, slow rotation is all over the place…

I wanted to control the percentage of brightness adjustment so that, for example if I turn the cube too much the lights will dim at greater values etc. I’m using zigbee2mqtt to pair my Aqara Cube, and in the entity attributes it tells you the angle of rotation:

So I created an automation which reads the changes in the angle and translates it in brightness step percentage:

 id: '1601415207224'
  alias: dim light from cube 
  description: ''
  trigger:
  - platform: state
    entity_id: sensor.lumi_sensor_cube_aqgl01_action
    to: rotate_left
    attribute: action
  - platform: state
    entity_id: sensor.lumi_sensor_cube_aqgl01_action
    attribute: action
    to: rotate_right
  condition:
- condition: state
    entity_id: sensor.lumi_sensor_cube_aqgl01_action
    state: '0'
    attribute: side
  action:
  - service: light.turn_on
    data:
      brightness_step_pct: '{{ state_attr(''sensor.lumi_sensor_cube_aqgl01_action'',
        ''angle'') / 5 |int }}'
    entity_id: light.yeelight_color_bulb
  mode: single

I divided the result by 5 to have smaller steps of light dimming when turning the cube. Note that if you rotate the cube to the left the angle is negative so you won’t need seperate automations for up/down.

The state condition is added in order to control light only from side ‘0’ which is the Aqara logo on top. With this condition each side can be used to control brightness/volume etc of various entities

This amount of attributes is only available if you pair the cube with a generic cc2531 stick and use zigbe2mqtt. Perhaps it’s also possible using a conbee stick.

Hope this helps.

1 Like