Originally Posted by jusolson
Hello everybody, I am in the process of wiring up a small room that will be a play room for kids. I want to know how products such as the Phillips hue or lifx lights work in a radio ra2 system. I was thinking it would be cool to have the color effects in a room for the kids, but I'd like to tie it into my existing rra2 system. This way an "all off" , or " night" command could turn these lights off as we all know kids won't always turn them off. I assume the switch would still turn the light on? Would it default to a previous setting? Or would dimming not work? I realize I'd need the hue app or whatnot to change color. Anyway just wondering if anybody has any real world experience or a solution with this situation. Thanks!
At this point there's no convenient way to directly integrate RGB color strip lighting with a RA2 setup. You could put their power supply on a RA2 RR‑3PD‑1 in-line switch/dimmer module. I have my son's bunkbed reading lamp on one, along with a tabletop disco ball. Neither of those lamps handles dimming, so I have the 3PD's configured as switches.
You could also use the RR‑15APS‑1 appliance module for the same purpose, but the 3PD is sometimes less expensive and more versatile if you even change to a dimmable light.
Most (all?) RGB tape sets are unlikely to respond properly to being used with an external dimmer (RA2 or otherwise). I have the Hue sets and I know they specifically do not. Their controller needs full wall power and it handles dimming itself. Dimming it via wall or in-line voltage changes will disrupt the controller (and potentially damage it). They're more designed to be controlled solely by their own tools, not by in-line or wall dimmers. There's ways to work with LED tapes but not while also having RGB color control. There's currently no convenient way to do controlled color with RA2.
I was leaning toward using a hybrid of a Hue controller with 3rd party RGB tape. But Philips recent firmware changes have made me (and many others) VERY leery of trusting just what they will or won't support. Basically, since teaming up with Apple and Homekit they're playing the dick-move of proprietary-only support, where they originally supported standard zigbee devices. Not cool (nor has their recent firmware honestly back-tracked, contrary to their press releases).
There are other contenders for RGBW tape control (Fibraro, Dresden) and I'm looking into them. The trouble is getting the same kind of reliable and quality control of them, as they're z-wave and zigbee and there's no direct way to use them with RA2. At least not without moving to a 3rd party controller (SmartThings, Wink, Vera, etc) but then you're tacking on a whole other set of hassles.
Lutron has REALLY dropped the ball when it comes to emerging home automation initiatives. It's shocking how tone-deaf they've been to it.