Philips Dynalite


Philips Dynalite support is integrated into Home Assistant as a hub that can drive the light and switch platforms.

There is currently support for the following device types within Home Assistant:

  • Lights
  • Switches

A Philips Dynalite hub connects to the Dynet network, which is composed of areas, channels, and preset.

A Dynalite area typically (although not necessarily) defines some physical area, such as a room.

Each area can have one or more channels that correspond to the different devices they control. A channel can relate to a dimmable light, or other devices.

Additionally, each area can have one or more presets that determine the behavior of all the channels, and sometimes trigger additional actions. Typically, preset 1 in an area means ‘on’, and preset ‘4’ means off. Additional presets could be used for scenes and dimming.

Configuration

Since Philips Dynalite has virtually no auto-discover capabilities, it needs to be configured via the configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
dynalite:
  bridges:
    - host: DEVICE_IP_ADDRESS

Configuration Variables

host

(string)(Required)

The IP address of the bridge (e.g., 192.168.1.10).

port

(integer)(Optional)

Port number of the bridge.

Default value:

12345

name

(string)(Optional)

Name for the bridge.

Default value:

dynalite

active

(boolean | string)(Optional)

Actively query network. When starting, it will query all devices for their current status, and also will send queries when some changes are in progress (e.g., lights dimming or covers moving). Better experience but creates more load on the Dynalite network. Value can be on, off, our init, where init will only send queries during the initial init of Home Assistant.

Default value:

false

polltimer

(float)(Optional)

Polling interval for devices in transition. Value in seconds. When devices are in transition (e.g., a light fading), it will ask for a new state every X seconds until it is at the target level. Only relevant when active is set to on.

Default value:

1.0

autodiscover

(boolean)(Optional)

Enable auto-discover. As Dynalite does not support native autodiscovery, this tracks events on your network, so if you turn on a light, it will be added to Home Assistant.

Default value:

false

default

(map)(Optional)

Global defaults for the system

fade

(float)(Optional)

Default fade

area

(map)(Required)

Definition for the various Dynalite areas.

AREA_NUMBER

(map)(Required)

The Dynalite area number, 1-255.

name

(string)(Required)

Name of the area.

fade

(float)(Optional)

Fade time for the area, in seconds.

Default value:

2.0

preset

(map)(Optional)

Specific presets for the area.

PRESET_NUMBER

(map)(Required)

The Dynalite preset number in the area.

name

(string)(Optional)

Name of the preset.

Default value:

AREA_NAME Preset PRESET_NUMBER

fade

(float)(Optional)

Fade time for the preset, in seconds.

Default value:

2.0

nodefault

(boolean)(Optional)

Do not use the default presets defined globally, but only the specific ones defined for this area.

Default value:

false

channel

(map)(Optional)

Map of the channels in this area.

CHANNEL_NUMBER

(map)(Required)

The Dynalite channel number in the area, 1-255.

name

(string)(Optional)

Name of the channel.

Default value:

AREA_NAME Channel CHANNEL_NUMBER

type

(string)

Type of entity this should appear as. Can be either light or if this is a device that is not a light (e.g., water heater), can be switch.

Default value:

light

fade

(float)(Optional)

Fade time for the channel, in seconds.

Default value:

2.0

preset

(map)(Optional)

Default presets for any area without the nodefault option.

PRESET_NUMBER

(map)(Required)

The Dynalite preset number in the area.

name

(string)(Optional)

Name of the preset. When used in an area, it will be ‘AREA_NAME name’. For example, if a room’s name is ‘Kitchen’ and preset 4 is defined with the name Off, it will appear in HA as ‘Kitchen Off’.

Default value:

AREA_NAME Preset PRESET_NUMBER

fade

(float)(Optional)

Fade time for the preset, in seconds.

Default value:

2.0

Examples

# Example configuration.yaml entry specifying optional parameters
dynalite:
  bridges:
    - host: DEVICE_IP_ADDRESS
      port: 12345
      autodiscover: true
      polltimer: 1
      area:
        '1':
          name: Office
        '2':
          name: Living Room
          nodefault: true
          channel:
            '2': 
              name: Entrance Spot
              fade: 10.0
            '3': 
              name: Dining Table
          preset:
            '5':
              name: Blinking Lights
            '6':
              name: All Off
              fade: 3.0
      preset:
        '1':
          name: 'On'
        '4':
          name: 'Off'

Initial configuration and discovery

Maybe the most difficult thing about a Dynalite system is finding out the areas and channel mapping. If you have them or have access to the Dynalite software and your configuration files, this could be easy, but in the likely case that your system was installed by an integrator, you will have to discover them on your own.

This is where the autodiscover option comes handy. If it is on, the component will track the Dynet network and every time a device is used, it will be added to Home Assistant. It will initially show as “Area 123 Channel 7”, but you can then add it to your configuration.yaml with the correct configuration.

For example, you would go to your kitchen light and turn it on. Now you log into Home Assistant and see what the channel was. If there was more than one discovered (e.g., someone turned off the living room lights), you can try one, turn it on and off in Home Assistant and see which light it affects.

The initial process can be a bit time consuming and tedious, but it only has to be done once. Once you are done configuring, it is better to set autodiscover to false, since there are many “fake” channels and areas that the system uses for internal communication and you do not want to have visible.