First of all thanks to who ever wrote ikea rotary encoder integration mentioned in the blog. Ever since I saw it I’ve wanted to test how it would work as a light dimmer.
So I bought the Ikea dimmer, connected it with zha and tried to control hue lights connected to a hue bridge. The setup was easy (thanks!) but the actual behaviour is not bery useful.
Anything beyond controlling a single light seems pretty much unusable.
Trying to dim a hue group sets all the bulbs to the same brightness instead of increasing or decreasing the individual bulbs brightnesses. The response is also quite slow.
When controlling individual bulbs the commands don’t stay in sync at all and the response is even slower. I’m guessing the bridge gets flooded with too may requests and starts dropping them.
Also the actual adjustment from the ikea dimmer behaves oddly. It doesn’t matter how fast or how long you spin the disc, the adjustment is always the same. I can keep spinning it like grazy for a minute and it adjusts a little. That combined with the slow response just doesn’t work at all.
Has anyone actually used this and gotten it to work? Would it help to move the lights to zha instead of hue bridge?