Scenes

In the scenes tab you can create new scenes, change, group and delete them by navigating through the slider menu’s. You can even create a scene by taking a snapshot of current settings of your lights. By creating the demos set on the presets tab you can create some scenes to look and feel how scenes work
The use of standard Homeseer icons should make it easy to understand the functions of the buttons used here. All changes on this page are immediately saved.

Creating a new scene

Creating a new scene starts with clicking on the green + button next to the group name (or when this is the first scene created, the button on top of the page). After pressing this button a new scene will appear in the list that is already opened for editing the actions in this scene:

Actions can be created for either (multiple) groups or (multiple) lights. Staring with a new scene there will be two larger buttons available, lights and groups. You have to choose either one of these first before you can select devices for this scene. Once you choose either one, the button will change to choose the devices for the scene. After pressing the button to select devices a selection popup will appear to enable you to select the devices for the scene:

Once you have made your choices you can submit the selection and proceed. If at any later step you want to change the selection, you can still select the same button in the scene and change your settings.
If you’d like to change your initial choice for lights or groups you can click the reset (arrow pointing back) button on the right side of the scene to change your choice.

After the selection of devices is done detail actions of the scene will be presented to you. You can select a preset here, or choose to create new detail settings. With the three buttons: Hue/Saturation, Whites and Cie Color Space you can select the command set that will be used for the lights. Depending on your choices you will be able to fill in the fields needed or select a color with the color picker or other conversion methods. Below the choices are shown for a color Hue device:

Once you have entered all needed fields, you can test the scene by pressing the test button (blue button with right arrow) on the right of the scene name. Pressing this button will directly send the scene commands to the lights.
When you have finished the first action you can add extra actions with different settings for other lights or groups to the scene by pressing on the green plus button.
If you want to delete one or more actions you can click on the red cross. This will delete the selected action.

Be aware with mixing actions for groups and lights in the same scene. This is not an animation, so all actions are immediately activated after triggered by the plugin. If the same light is included in multiple actions in the same scene, either by being a member of a group or as light directly, this light will get all actions sent in fractions of seconds after each other. Only the last action from the scene sequence will be active after the scene is ended.
It is important to realize that a scene can have multiple actions with different settings, for different lights, to create an effect. If you have the full maximum 63 lamps on the bridge, you could have as much 63 actions on one scene. But there is no use in sending multiple settings to the same light as you might see a flickering, but the end result is only showing the last action of the scene addressing the light.

Using color conversion options

While creating the scene, if you use the Cie Colorspace mode there will be RGB fields next to the color settings. Below this row a color picker is shown enabling you to select the color you want. Filling in these fields with correct values (R,G,B and/or ‘#aaaaaa’) will immediately convert this value to the corresponding value in the x,y/Bri or Bri/Hue/Sat values. This might help you when trying to get a measured value or to emulate a color you like. When you fill in the Bright and x,y values, they will automatically convert to RGB. You should also be able to see a near color estimate in the color picker box. When using the Whites setting, you will be able to set it using Kelvin temperature values between 2000K and 6500K. It will be converted to the corresponding ct value.

When using the Hue/Saturation combination you can use the degrees option for the Hue field. This could make it easier to estimate a right color setting.
Please be aware that all conversion results will always be a near corresponding result. Due to arithmetic rounding you might see values change to a nearest value.

Using Alert option in actions

If you want you can use the Alert option in the actions of a scene. This will activate the bridge build in function of alert. There are two options available for the alert: a single flash or 30 second lasting flashes. If needed for a multiple of 30 seconds, you could create an animation looping every 30 seconds on the same scene. If you have other needs for alerting I’d advise to play with scenes and animation, creating your own alerts.

Taking a snapshot of multiple lights

By pressing the camera icon ( ) on the right of a groupname, you will be able to create a ‘snapshot’ scene with all the current settings of your lights in the selected group. In the tab presets you can take a snapshot of one light, where the snapshot on the scenetab will use all lights that are on. You need to be sure the lights are actually on at the moment you press on the button. This is very handy when you have been playing with your lights and found a nice setting which you'd like to use with Homeseer. The scene will hold each different setting as a different action, grouped by involved lights. Once created you can change everything like a normal scene or remove actions in it. If a snapshot already exists, the new snapshot will be named with a number (snapshot.1 etc.)

Changing a scene

Changing an effect is fairly the same as in adding a new scene, you open an existing scene and then you can change the name of the scene or open actions to change the devices or details from this action.

Copying a scene

You can copy a scene by pressing the green copy button on the right of the scene name. This will create a one on one copy of the scene in the same group.

Deleting a scene

You can delete an effect by opening the scene and selecting the red cross on the right of the scene name.