Last few days I was having struggles to get all of my Philips Hue devices working properly on my Homey Pro 2023. I tried using the Philips Hue, without the bridge community application and the official Philips Hue, with bridge application made by Athom.
But I had two issues:
The community app is made by a single developer. I think a lot of people are very thankful for his work, but sadly the app didn’t meet my needs. At the moment of writing it does not support the Hue Wall Switch Module and I’m having red alert issues with my motion sensors.
The official Hue App made by Athom that uses the Hue Bridge has it’s own very big issue. That’s the way it listens for activities of Hue devices. It polls for changes every 2 seconds for the motion sensors and Wall Switch Modules. This results in having the feeling everything is sluggish. So this neither is a good option.
Now, yesterday I found some kind of a work-around. It’s not very pretty but it for sure works faster (than the official app) and as it looks now more reliable (in comparison with the community app).
How I did this is by using Home Assistant and the Home Assistant community app. I’ve red on the forums here that Home Assistant has a near real-time integration with the Hue Bridge. This means that when there is movement or I push a button Home Assistant knows this near instant. Instead of Homey that polls each 2 seconds and in the worst case knows after 2 seconds there was movement or a button pushed.
I added the Hue Bridge to my Home Assistant installation and added my Home Assistant installation to my Homey. So when I push a button the following happens:
Push the button that is connected to the Hue Wall Switch Module → Zigbee signal to Hue Bridge → Signal to Home Assistant → Signal to Homey.
This combination works faster than using the official Hue app that connects to the Hue Bridge because you eliminate the polling that Homey does and replace it with near instant integrations.