I’m having trouble getting my Red Series Dimmers to dim via Z-Wave commands. They either turn immediately all of the way on or immediately all of the way off. No dimming happens. I can however set level percentages through Z-Wave, but I can’t actively dim via Z-Wave commands. I can also however dim directly at the switch itself.
I went into the dimmers device page on my Hubitat (C-5) and tried to change the dimming parameters, but nothing seems to fix the problem.
I recently tried to set up a button to dim the lights and discovered the problem. I’ve always just set the lights through percentage levels via Z-Wave or directly at the switch itself.
That sounds as if it’s working correctly. How are you trying to accomplish the dimming? If it’s something like you expect to hold a separate button and have it dim or brighten while it’s held, then that would take a rule or automation that would vary the output while the button is held.
I was trying to set up a pico remote to dim the dimmer. Once I set the pico up and mapped it out, it was’t responding as expected. Instead of dimming it would only turn on or off. So, I went into the device page on my hubitat and tried to dim the light from there. That approach created the same result. It didn’t dim up or down, just turned on or off. If I go into the device page for my other dimmers (GE, and Lutron) I can “start change level (up or down)” and the lights dim until I hit the “stop level change” button. These Inovelli dimmers are not responding in the same way. The Inovelli’s just turn on or off with no dimming. I suspect a parameter needs to be changed as @stu1811 alluded to, but anything I change, doesn’t fix the issue.
I’ve decided not to dim from the pico button, but instead to just change the bulb 10% of the time as there is too big of a delay with the pico button for dimming and I always overshoot with my other dimmers. Still, I’d like to get the Inovelli dimmers to operate as I want/ expect them to.
I don’t use Lutron, and my knowledge of Hubitat is limited. But generally, when you have a dimmer and you want to replicate the dimming function on another device like a bulb or switch, those two devices need to be bound with binding (if Zigbee) or association (if Zwave). Absent those, the only other technique I’m aware of that is widely used is to use scenes, we certain dim levels are defined and then called.
That being said, maybe there is some functionality in Hubitat that might allow what you’re seeking. AFAIK, Lutron is using it’s own proprietary signaling, so this may be difficult to accomplish.
Hubitat allows you to use a pico remote as a general button for any other device paired within hubitat. The Lutron devices are brought into Hubitat through a Lutron bridge. I’m able to successfully set the pico up to control other brand dimmers in my home the way I was trying to control the Inovelli dimmers. It’s only the Innovelli dimmers that aren’t responding.
Regardless, I should be able to dim the Inovelli dimmers directly within the Hubitat’s device page. This isn’t working either. So the issue isn’t the Pico remote, it’s more likely something like a setting of the parameters of the Inovelli dimmers. Or maybe a Firmware update or driver.
The Firmware sure is taking a long time! In the How To it says it could take 5-10 minutes. It’s been an hour now and and just at 70%. It’s still making progress, but I didn’t expect it to take this long.
Is this something to be concerned about?
So the firmware is updated and I changed the ramp rates to 3 but the dimmer function is still not working from the hub.
If I use the “Inovelli Z-Wave Red Scene Dimmer” driver the dimming function works as expected through the hub, but if I use that driver I lose some of the settings such as the “Default (Local) Level from the switch” setting.
I guess it’s a trade off.
I have another one of these dimmers that I’ll need to update. I also have two Red Series on/ off switches that I assume will also need firmware updates as well.