For some reason I couldn’t create an account here until an admin helped me out (thanks Robin!) so I had to post this question in the SmartThings community. Here it is:
I had a routine in the Hue app that changed their LED strip dark blue at night and bright yellow/white in the daytime for my aquarium.
It worked great, but I decided I wanted a bit more control and tried recreating the routine with webCoRE.
The automation itself works fine, but the color options in webCoRE are confusing and I can’t get the color exactly how I want it.
Part of the issue is it seems the HSL settings in webCoRE are different from traditional HSL in graphic design. Specifically, the “L” part, which webCoRE treats as a Level (basically how dim or bright the light itself is), whereas traditionally the “L” is supposed to be Lightness (which is basically the range of color from dark to pure white).
For example, if my HSL is 0, 100, 100 it should be pure white (the “L” is at 100% “lightness”). But in webCoRE, it just looks red with the LEDs at maximum brightness. The “H” and “S” are correct, but I can’t adjust the lightness of the color… only the brightness of the light itself.
By messing around with Color Temperature I can get kinda close to what I want since 4200k is white and there are various shades of color going up and down from there, but it always looks slightly green when I use it since Color Temperature adds additional yellows and blues.
Ultimately, the color I’m trying to make (for the Daytime setting) is kind of like a light pinkish orange, like this: http://hslpicker.com/#ffdac7
I can get that color in the Hue app and it looks great in my aquarium, like warm sunlight. But in webCoRE the closest I can get looks more like this: http://hslpicker.com/#ffeb99
Anyway, hopefully this all made sense. I’m loving webCoRE so far, but the color options are kind of confusing and I’m struggling a bit!