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[Guide] - Troubleshooting flickering lights
Tim__ posted a topic in Tutorials and GuidesSo, you’ve successfully installed a Dimmer 2 and can control the lamp brightness. However, you are getting some flickering which you don’t know how to resolve. Or maybe your lamps are flashing at certain times – either with a Dimmer 2 or without. Read on to discover how to trouble shoot this problem. Start by wiring up the Dimmer 2 using the 3 wire diagram found in the online Dimmer 2 manual (avoid using the 2 wire version). Create a test-bed version if necessary, by placing the dimmer in an enclosure and wiring up to a power point. Doing this also allows you to change the location of the device eg to a friend’s house. Ensure the HC2 firmware is 4.110 or above; and Dimmer 2 firmware is 3.5 or above. After any updates do a soft reconfigure of the Dimmer 2. Double check that the bulb is a dimmable version, and that parameter 33 reports the load as dimmable (ie “0”). Try changing the brand of bulb to see if that resolves the flickering. Check in the online Dimmer 2 manual that the bulb type is supported. Check the total power load, and install a Fibaro bypass for loads between 5W and 50W. Don’t use Dimmer 2 for loads under 5W, which can occur with low power led bulbs. Ensure you have used the auto-calibrate setting, and that parameter 14 reports that the calibration has been done (ie “1”). Hopefully by stepping through the above you will solve your flickering problem. If not, the next step is to observe when the flickering occurs: --- All the time, but only at lower brightnesses: Some LED bulbs may be incompatible with the Dimmer 2. Try changing the bulb brand. Then try changing Parameter 30, load control mode: to force leading or trailing edge control. --- At specific times, typically around sunset and late evening: The cause may be ripple control signals interfering with the dimmer. Some utilities in some parts of the world inject a control signal to turn street lights and off peak hot water on and off. The control signal interferes with many types of dimmers, even non-smart ones. Incandescent bulbs are somewhat immune due to their thermal delay, however the signal can wreak havoc with led drivers, causing flickering, flashing and/or strobing effects. Ceiling fans may emit a buzzing sound when the signal hits too. You are unlikely to get a resolution from your electricity provider, as this “interference” is intentional. Changing the brand of dimmer may not work either (feel free to try it). There are two possible resolutions reported to work: First, try changing parameter 38, brightness level correction, which Fibaro introduced in a software update in 2019. Otherwise, a ripple filter will be needed to remove the signal before it hits the dimmer, eg from manufacturers Cabac and Gayrad. You will need to ascertain the frequency of the control signal from your electricity provider, and then have the correct filter installed. --- When specific devices are switched on or used, typically containing large motors, switchmode power supplies, or nearby industrial equipment: The cause may be electrical interference. If these devices are on your property you can isolate the cause by methodically turning circuits and devices off. You can also try moving your test-bed to a friend’s house to see if the problem is replicated. It’s likely that such interference would show up on other devices in the house as well, for example audio and video equipment. You should then investigate local filtering. If it's coming in on the mains, for example you live near an industrial area, then you should discuss with your electricity provider to see if the interference is above limits or not. You may need still need a local filter in this case. --- When a Fibaro system alarm occurs In case of fire, flood, high CO2 etc, the relevant z-wave devices will send alarm frames. It is possible that the system has been configured to respond to alarm frames by flashing the lamp in a regular pattern. Check Dimmer 2 parameters 40, 41, 42, 43. Other devices such as the Smart Switch can also exhibit this issue. You can check the Home Centre logs to see when the alarms occur, and correlate this with your observations. If this guide helped you solve your flickering lights problem, click the Thankyou button below. If you discover another cause and solution that might help others, please post it below. And finally, if this guide doesn’t help, you must have a very unusual corner case and you’ll need to get in professional assistance!
Scene Error - attempt to compare number with nil
Paul_GPvR posted a question in Scenes and InterfaceHi, I've got a graphic block scene that check the lux levels, motion and colour of RGBW lights. Screenshot attached However every so often I'm getting this error:- If I convert the graphic block to LUA this is what it looks like, do I need to handle nil values when tonumber does not work? --[[ %% properties 333 value 335 value 114 value 186 color %% weather %% events %% globals --]] local startSource = fibaro:getSourceTrigger(); if ( ( tonumber(fibaro:getValue(333, "value")) > 0 and tonumber(fibaro:getValue(335, "value")) <= 14 and fibaro:getValue(186, "color") ~= "100,0,0,0" and tonumber(fibaro:getValue(114, "value")) == 0 ) or startSource["type"] == "other" ) then fibaro:call(186, "setValue", "20"); end Thanks for any help whatsoever, Paul
Fibario - New App for lighting
Matt.hiscock posted a question in Dimmer and BypassHello Everyone. I have what I consider a pretty typical setup. A nest and FIbaro lights and smokes. Pretty basic 10 circuits, nothing special happening here. While I think the Fibaro app is pretty decent, I wanted something I little more focused and polished for me. So, I have built a Android and IOS app which is modelled on the look and feel of the Savant app: https://www.savant.com/product/savant-app The app is fully working, just need a visual improvement - but it looks decent already. Its a side project - so dev will happen when i have time. I never planned on realising this in the wild, but a few people who have seen it love it - so thinking about submitting to relevant stores. Its boring features are: - Picks up weather and such like - Pick up NEST information (via Fibaro home centre or home centre lite) - Get all relevant devices from the system - Allows you to input your IP / user / pass (and saves) to allow connectivity to the home centre / lite (can use dyndns for those not on static IPs at home) - Runs via HTTP - so will work inside and outside the home. (use local IP on the internal only devices) The more interesting features are: - Allows you to (So much easier than Fibaro) create scenes on the app - in a lovely interface. - Will sync all settings of the scenes with either the Fibaro box, or Dropbox (or similar) - Might make it control the Nest also and other device types which fit within the focus of the app & alerts - Keeps the device alive if desired (prevent screen off) What im looking to do: - Get some flush wall mounts of ipad Minis / Andriod tabs made up (using 3D printers to keep costs low) - Have these as wall mounted control centres - keep the cost very low. - Allow people to re-use these old devices - rather than capture dust in a draw. Is there much appetite for such stuff in this community? If so ill look to finish it up and develop. Ill probably put it up as a paid app, mainly to cover costs and support / continious development. I will stress this is not a replacement for the Fibaro app - its just more focused and beautiful.
Hi all, I've done a quick search but can only find incredibly complex scripts to work with the motion sensor on here - I'm just trying to learn the basics first! I have a Fibaro Dimmer2 controlling wall lights and a Fibaro Motion Sensor. I want to turn the lights on when it detects movement and then turn them off after it has checked for 5 minutes of no activity. Using this page by FibaroUK: http://www.fibarouk.co.uk/support/getting-started/motion-activated-lights/ and this LUA script: --[[ %% properties 56 value (Set to my Motion ID) %% globals --]] local motionID = 56 (Set to my Motion ID) local wallLightID = 46 (Set to Wall Light ID) if (fibaro:getValue(motionID, 'value') == '0') then fibaro:sleep(300 * 1000) if (fibaro:getValue(motionID, 'value') == '0') then fibaro:call(wallLightID, 'turnOff') end else fibaro:call(wallLightID, 'turnOn') end It works if I run it manually, but then it won't work automatically. Also, is this the only scene I need to create? It says about using the Blocks Scene for On / Off but then mentions: So I'm assuming that I don't need the block scenes? Sorry, I appreciate this is probably really stupid questions - but gotta start somewhere! Thanks, Josh
Light sensor not response
amrelzidy posted a question in Other Devices / Third-party devicesCould you please support the fibaro motion sensors read 692lux while the room is dark It can detect the motion but it read high light intensity while the room is dark and not responded for changing light intensity
Complete Fibaro Home start up - HELP
tajinder97uk posted a topic in Home AutomationHi everyone, Firstly, I apologise for asking questions that I am sure everyone has asked. In a nutshell I have bitten on more than I can chew on a massive home renovation and want to install Fibaro however am going to have to do this myself. I have some knowledge of how this all works but need a ton of guidance. I am based in London and below is what I was hoping to do and if I can get advice on what products to look into etc that would set me on the right way… and please assume you are talking to an idiot and dumb everything down J Task 1 – Lighting From my understanding the Dimmer2 module will work up to 250w however I must have dimmable bulbs installed. However, for my hallway lighting which on each floor (ground, first floor and loft) I have a 3 way circuit to turn lights on and off, do I need to install a separate dimmer module to each of the circuits behind the switch (as I was planning on have a 3 way switch) OR do I have to install a relay switch to each of the circuits? Task 2 – Underfloor heating I will be installing water underfloor heating downstairs (5 zones off the same manifold) and then electric underfloor heating in the bathrooms upstairs and the loft. I really am confused on how I can integrate this into the system. What underfloor heating do I need? What valves do I hook up to the manifold…how can this control the temperature? How do I wire the thermostats for the electric UFH and how can temperature go up and down? Task 3 –Electric gate and intercom I am planning on having a gated front with an intercom. I want to be able to get notifications on my phone should someone press the buzzer so I can speak to them and let them in if needed remotely.. I also want thobes to open the gates when I press it. Is there a certain motor I should buy? Certain intercom system? Task 4 – Air con I want to either install or run all the pipework and fit the actual units at a later date (depending on how I am getting on with costs) so want to know what air con systems are fibaro compatible? I want the units in the ceiling with grills so everything is hidden. I understand that I could use modules (figuring out how to wire them is another story) however I want to go with the easiest and most straight forward options given it will be a self fit. Task 5 – radiators I want to be able to control the tempreture of certain radiators, can you confirm all I need is a danfoss radiator valve? Task 6 – front door lock I was locking at installing a front door lock that can be opening with a code and with your phone. Any specific locks that you would recommend? i want to be able to override it should it not work so that is important to me Task 7 – cinema room Basically I am going to have a cinema room in the loft. I will be installing sonos throughout the house and have over 10 zones. However, in my loft I want to be able to control the tv, set up lighting scenes for when I hit pause etc. I don’t see how just a relay switch can do this as I need to control the tv, sky etc. Can I please get information on this? I understand I am after a lot however I have tried doing a ton of research prior to taking up your time so really would appreciate the help on how I can do each of the above along with information on EXACTLY what I need given I am based in London etc. Thank you in advance. Kind regards, Taj
New Construction Suggestions
blackcloud77 posted a topic in Home AutomationI'm having a rather difficult time planning a home automation system for my upcoming project, building a tiny house on wheels. It's only 192 square feet, so it shouldn't be too expensive to make the entire house extremely intelligent. It appears that most Z-Wave solutions are aimed at retrofit installations and not new construction, though. That's a problem. When you aim to do things the most efficient way and you're afforded the freedom of new construction to do it, it doesn't appear easy to do. Most of my concerns are based in lighting. I apologize for the number of issues raised in a single (and first) post, any guidance on any topic is appreciated. I want to use 12VDC LED lighting with dimming and control via Z-Wave. It doesn't make sense in new construction to run high voltage AC through the walls and ceiling, only to have a transformer/driver at every light fixture. I'd rather run 12VDC for lighting. Finding cans/fixtures that run on 12VDC? Not so easy, and when you find them, the options are very limited. I thought of using a standard MR16 can and buying standard dimmable LED bulbs, but you can't find ones designed for DC (most MR16 are 12VAC), and most are not dimmable. Also, it's hard to find the MR16 cans without the attached transformer, which I don't need or want to pay for. Next issue. If I'm running 12VDC LED lighting, it seems dumb to run 120VAC to the wall switch, just to power a Z-Wave switch/dimmer; since most of them seem to be designed for that. I guess an alternative is something more like a handheld remote, but I'd much prefer the system to look installed like regular wall switches and maybe more importantly, operate normally should the Z-Wave hub fail. I saw the Insteon Mini Remote but reviews on mounting in a switch box are really bad. I'm not sure that it even works with Z-wave anyway. It sounds like I COULD run 12V to the switch box and design a circuit that would deliver the 0-10V control signal to a Z-wave dimmer, but I really don't want to do that if I don't absolutely have to. Ideally, are there any Z-Wave switch/dimmers out there that mount in standard switch boxes, can run on 12VDC (or battery) and continue to dim/switch the lighting when the Z-wave hub is down? Next issue. When thinking about running 12VDC throughout the house and how best to do that, I stumbled upon PoE lighting using Cat5/6 wiring. Sadly, most of what's available is for commercial installations. Lumen Cache is interesting but expensive. Am I crazy, or should there be some synergy between control/automation and PoE lighting? I tried to find some interface between Z-Wave and PoE lighting and found none whatsoever. I had an idea that maybe through a Z-Wave serial bridge, one could communicate with on the Lumen Cache comm bus to control that system, but that would require purchasing about $500 worth of Lumen Cache gear, the bridge and writing my own drivers for HC2 (an additional purchase) and it may or may not work. Not to mention, I'm only adept enough at programming to be dangerous. Are there any PoE lighting systems out there or in development designed to interface with Z-Wave or other consumer automation platforms? My aspirations are high for this tiny house, but automation is something I've wanted to do far before going tiny, which I think makes it that much more attainable; but I feel like I'm reinventing the wheel here!