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Suggestion: circadian light entities

See original GitHub issue

Instead of having separate switches for circadian lighting and the actual light, I like to create template lights that transparently include circadian lighting. My implementation looks like this:

  - platform: circadian_lighting
    name: Office
      - light.office_light

  - platform: template
        friendly_name: Circadian Office Light
        level_template: "{{ state_attr('switch.circadian_lighting_office', 'brightness') | int }}"
        value_template: "{{ states('light.office_light') }}"
          service: script.circadian_lighting_office_turn_on
          service: homeassistant.turn_off
              - switch.circadian_lighting_office
              - light.office_light

      - service: homeassistant.turn_on
          entity_id: switch.circadian_lighting_office
      - service: homeassistant.turn_on
          entity_id: light.office_light
          kelvin: "{{ state_attr('sensor.circadian_values', 'colortemp') | int }}"
          brightness_pct: "{{ state_attr('switch.circadian_lighting_office', 'brightness') | int }}"

This solves multiple issues, most importantly it will guarantee that the lights come on in the correct state and that they can be turned off properly. It also makes it easier to include them in automations, groups, or whatever else people usually want to do with their lights.

The example above could probably be improved a little by making the turn_on script more generic, however it is still quite cumbersome to define these entities for every light. So I was thinking, would you be interested in adding something like this to the component?

It would be even greater if the virtual light would disable circadian lighting when colortemp or brightness have been set explicitly, until the light is turned off again.

Issue Analytics

  • State:open
  • Created 4 years ago
  • Reactions:2
  • Comments:6 (2 by maintainers)

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phhacommented, Nov 27, 2019

Thinking about it, my dream would be to have a light entity that exposes all the attributes of the actual light like brightness, rgb_color, etc plus an additional attribute circadian: true|false, so you could do something like this:

service: light.turn_on
  circadian: true

Thinking about it some more, it would be great if the component could auto-detect whether the underlying light supports rgb, color_temp, xy, … and automatically pick the best option.

Thinking about it super much, if all of the above is possible, you could simply add the circadian attribute to all lights with a one central config entry. Circadian lighting would be just another feature of all lights, in addition to the features they have out of the box.

I’m just getting started with Home Assistant, so I have no idea how feasible this is.

cooljimy84commented, Apr 24, 2020

Shame, but I’m sure they have a road map to try and stick to as well.

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