Hello, I am trying to learn different ways on how to use Home Assistant before being forced to migrate from SmartThings/WebCoRE.
In ST, I would create virtual switches with two or three purposes:
The main use was to trigger groups of devices, i.e. I’d have one RGB dimmer switch called “color bedroom lights”, and whenever I changed this, it would apply the same RGB values to a group of RGB bulbs.
The second use was to set action’s schedule by voice: I’d set a Washing Machine dimmer switch to 70% to make the washer start at 7AM (there was a WebCoRE piston that would react to this dimmer switch and set the start time).
And the third use was to store boolean variables. For example, I have a Blinds Lock switch to avoid closing the blinds when I leave home.
As I’m entering this new platform, I am looking for recommendations on better ways of having these same things. I’ve explored helpers a bit (just as booleans) and I know I can create devices from the configuration file, but I’d like to know if there is a recommended way of creating virtual dimmer switches and RGB dimmers.
For RGB dimmers, I would love to have a device that, when it’s opened from the interface, shows a palette of recently used colors.
And these switches need to be seen as switches or bulbs (can I choose?) by Google Home.
Thanks for the support