More options for Bulb Color

One rule I would really love to see which should be easy to make based on existing features for the bulbs would be:

“Return to previous state” action.

Explanation:

Similar to the “Power Loss Recovery” setting…it would be great to have a rule where we could tell the bulb at the end to return to the previous state it was in before the rule started.

For example: I am working in my office, using my desk lamp (with a Wyze color bulb). Someone walks onto my property. When my front cam recognizes a person, I have my desk lamp flash a red light for 5-10 seconds then turn off. Then it is a non-audible alert while I work.

In the above case, I was trying to use the desk lamp, and now the rule shut off the lamp, so I have manually fix that. However if I change the rule to just set the lamp back to white and leave it on, then it will leave the light on when I am not even in the room. Either way is bad here.

But instead of having to set it to turn off, it would be great to be able to tell the rule at the end to simply change the light back to the state it was in before the rule started. then if I was using my lamp (or main office light, or whatever light the rule is for) it doesn’t cause issues, it just goes back to the previous state (including color/brightness, etc).

I’m just saying, consider it, it would make for an AWESOME RULE to allow for some interesting options.

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Correct… we are on track to release in spring! It’s part of a larger migration of our rules platform so we’ll begin rolling it out to users starting end of May. And thanks for calling out the FAQ… I’ve requested to update the wording since it’s a bit misleading. You actually can control the bulb while your internet is out as long as your phone and bulb are on the same network… it doesn’t matter if that network isn’t connected to the internet. However the answer makes it sound like it’s being done via Bluetooth which is incorrect. We’ll get it fixed!

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I love when you guys thow out these exciting little nuggets! And these clarifications:

This is exactly the primary reason I check through the forums and wish I could get notifications anytime a Wyze Employee makes a comment somewhere so I can make sure to read it. Thanks for the info.

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Glad to help!

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While I’m here I’d also love to hear which additional actions you’d all find most useful (beyond adding the ability to set colors). I’ve heard folks say they want to have their bulbs flash a color, but what else would you find useful?

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I’ve always thought that the “rainbow timer” that’s available on some Amazon echo products is a really neat idea. You say something like “set a rainbow timer for 10 minutes” and the light automatically goes into a sequence where the light starts green and progresses through colors until it gets to red after 10 minutes are up.

This would be such a great feature to have with young kids in the house. I could also see people using it for cooking, laundry, or practically anything you would use a normal timer for, but adding a visual element to it.

Could be something you could add in the Wyze app. It could be set to start at a certain time, or as a shortcut with a preset timer. Personally, I’d love the ability to activate something like that through Google assistant.

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“Opposite State”

That would be a nice rule for lighting automations. For example, I have lots of Wyze Bulbs throughout my entire house and I use Contact Switches as light switches, and it mostly works amazingly for awesome home automation while still allowing traditional light switches. When I flip the magnet up, it turns on the light, down and it turns off the light. Simple, and awesome.

Here’s the problem, in a big room or long hallway where you put multiple switches at each end, it confuses people, because sometimes when they switch it, it doesn’t react like they expect. Normal hallways with multiple switches, it doesn’t matter if you flip up or flip down, it always changes the light to the opposite state. If the light is on, and flip it up, it turns the light off. But we have to program the switches to only turn on when “open”/up and off when “closed”/down…so in a hallway if the light is off and the switch is already in the up/on position, the visitor, etc flips the switch and the light stays off and they are confused and say they don’t understand or it’s broken or something, and half of the people turn on their phone flashlight instead (I know, it’s ridiculous).

The point is, if you allow an “Opposite State” rule, we can set up a ton of our our own automations where no matter whether the switch opens or closes, it simply changes the light to its opposite state (on or off) and everything works perfectly the same way everyone already expects them to work just like most people are used to hallway switches, or multi-switch room switches working.

A general “Wait” interval rule

This would be very helpful for some automations on any device. For example, when I code automations on Alexa or Tasker, etc I often use a “Wait X seconds/minutes” as an action before it goes on to the next action. This helps give the previous action enough time to take effect and allows us to set a long string of much more advanced automations.

It would also be nice to have some conditional logic options including “AND” & “OR” options with rules.

If you can implement this, it would get a TON of attention for the company, seriously. You’d get a ton of free advertising in articles and bloggers and vloggers and people talking about all the stuff you can do just in the Wyze ecosystem alone. Seriously, this would more than pay for the effort put into it.

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I’ll let you know what I’m toiling with right now.

I love the idea of using the color bulbs for visual notifications. I’m attempting to do it right now using a Google Assistant Routine (but I’d much rather just stay within the Wyze app).

The problem I’m having is that during the “brilliant notifications” the bulb isn’t seen as anything other than “a bulb is on” by the system.

So I set up this routine to turn on some of the bulbs red to remind me to clean out the cat litter box. But my own rules that I run constantly to turn lights off in rooms without motion (when motion sensor is clear for 30m, for instance) totally wipe out my visual notifications.

This is where that IF/WHEN AND/OR THEN/DO logic would be be so useful. I’d love to say “WHEN there’s no motion for 30m AND the bulb is set to a white color THEN DO turn off the bulb”.

TLDR: I guess my suggestion for rules for the Color Bulbs themselves is allow the current set color to be a Trigger condition. It doesn’t have to be fully RGB granular, but just binary: bulb set to white (any color temp) or bulb set to a color. They even have separate color pickers in the app so I have a feeling those two can already be differentiated.

But I’m also 100% behind the above suggestion of allowing more complex logic in rules.

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Ability to setup a rule that a bulb (or bulbs) do a certain action when a Wyze cam detects a person.

“Detects a person” is already a Device Trigger for Rules (at least for Cam v2 and Cam v3).

The Actions for Bulb Color are just currently limited to turn on, turn off, set brightness %, and set white color temperature.

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Not necessarily part of the color bulb, but it can apply:

A toggle shortcut. Basically, I want to be able to use 1 shortcut to turn lights on and off. Tap the shortcut and if bulbs are off turn them on, if they are on, turn them off. It will clear some clutter and integrate with the watch nicely

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On the Wyze Color Bulb, I would like the light color and temperature K numbers to be visible when I’m making adjustments. This would allow me setup lights in other rooms to match precisely with other room instead of trying to match it by eye.

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Id like to be able to sort my scenes. On the scene edit screen, would be great to be able to move them up / down to sort.

Also, would like the scene saving system to not allow multiples of the same scene name. I did some tests last week and found that i was able to save a scene multiple times under the same name. so it created duplicates.

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An action that would be more flexible / wider use is a FOR time setting for the action. Rather than a fixed “Flash” option, it’d be great to have that just be a basically a timer within the Rule rather than having to set up a second rule to clear an action.

So for a flash a person would select DO Turn on bulb. Turn to 100% brightness. Turn to Red FOR 1 second.

The bulb does those actions for 1 second and then returns to its previous state.

Because to use something for notifications, it’s hard to build additional rules to undo them without knowing the previous state of the bulb.

DO x (action) FOR y (time) unlocks endless possibilities, where Flash is so limited. The same option would allow someone to also say have their “notification” come on for 1 second, but also 30 seconds or 5 minutes or 12 hours. User controlled.

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I just replaced $1500 worth of Hue products with these bulbs. I am disappointed to say the least. The color and brightness are great. The app is a disaster. Controls are almost non-existent. Every single basic lighting function can only be accomplished with a minimum of 5 seconds of menu hunting. The home screen widget is useless- just a list of devices and tapping one doesn’t operate the light. Rather it just opens the app to the menu for that light. This is just absurd and I feel a bit ripped off.

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Out of curiosity, why would you replace a best-in-class hue system with a budget brand that has a comparatively minimal featureset?

  1. Literally paid a months’ rent with the difference in price

  2. Did not realize before I purchased how limited the feature set truly was.

It would be great to automate or create a schedule for my color bulb to turn on a specific color and change to a different color a different time.

i.e. Sleep schedule training for kids. bulb turns on and pink at 8pm to tel my daughter it’s bedtime. At 7:30 am it turns green to tell her she can come out of her room.

I’d like to be able to have individual bulbs in more than 1 group. It would be awesome to be able to have a group of all 24 of my bulbs so I could colorize and change scenes for my whole house, but I can’t do that while they are in other groups by location in the house.

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Voice control of specific scenes would be very useful. Currently I have to open the app for any preset scenes or user made scenes to actually work.

Color pulse/ party mode would be another huge help. With a way to control the speed of the change, they can also slowly fade in and out to different shades. (These features are found on Yeelight) bulbs.

Thanks so much for your help and for seeking and providing feedback!