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What load is controlling the pool lights? The dimmer in the hybrid? Or another dimmer?
Tangentially, I have a hybrid with a load on it that's not controlled on the keypad itself. Just some other buttons elsewhere and some programming. So the system is pretty versatile. Though I don't know that I have HS3 interacting with it.
As for Essentials/Inclusive (when you have 2 main repeaters) you typically have a scene attached to a button. Are you trying to use the buttons as just pure buttons, with nothing happening inside the Ra2 environment? If so you'd be looking to add an event triggered by the button being pressed. Remember, buttons are not just limited to single devices. That and scenes can be "set things to a particular state" or "room monitoring". Like a "Dinner" scene that sets things on to particular levels... but also sets any number of others to OFF. Dinner lights low... kitchen lights OFF (but with a delay both in ramp speed and time to start the transition). The upside to scenes in Ra2 is you can controls several lights simultaneously and avoid the 'popcorn effect'. Most automation systems send command sequentially, leading to one, light, after, another, being, changed. With a Ra2 scene you can dim/raise several all at once.
Also consider that LEDs on buttons can track status and are themselves usable as a trigger. That is, if you have a scene that tracks that state of multiple devices you could have HS3 likewise tracking the status of the LED. As in, if the Ra2 system scene for a button (tied to a scene) is in the 'lit' state then HS3 could "do something". Most typically the LEDs for scenes like this in Ra2 are used to track the state of multiple zones. Allowing for a quick glance to see if any of the lights are still illuminated or not. Handy for a button that controls, say, a Rec Room with a half-dozen circuits (ceiling cans, table lamps, wall sconces, pool table, etc).
As for your HS3 question, yeah, the forums there are deafening silent when it comes to Ra2 inquiries.
So would you mind clarifying exactly what it is you want to accomplish?