I feel the its a workable situation but really think something is off (no pun intended). Like I was saying, why would openHAB take an OFF command and change it to a 0 when the device supports and OFF. There are a bunch of reasons why an OFF and an ON are very different from a 0 and a 100.
I’ll give you a couple examples, out of many, that come to mind:
If I use openHAB to turn off the Family Room Light (send it a dim level of 0) when someone walks into the room and turns the light on via the dimmer switch nothing appears to happen. The actual led on the dimmer goes out because the light actually comes on but its dimming level is 0. Can we program and send around this, sure, by why bother with all that when the capability is already designed into the dimmer simply by using a true OFF and ON command.
One way to get around some of this is by configuring a Dimmer and a Switch for the Device. What’s great is the Switch does send a true OFF and ON to the device, but can’t dim the light. The problem here is with the when using Alexa, you have to remember to tell her to use the switch (Alexa, turn off/on the Family Room Light Switch) and the dimmer (Alexa, dim the Family Room Light Dimmer to 25). Can we configure and this, absolutely, but why bother when a single dimmer item that sends true OFF/ON commands to the device would have worked.
The great thing is, enabling the dimmer to send true ON/OFF commands takes nothing away from the ability to do all the things people are doing with dimmers, it only eliminates a bunch of unnecessary workarounds required when all you want to do is turn a light Off and On.
All the home automation solutions I’ve tried (SmartThings, Wink, Vera, HASS) send OFF/ON commands directly to the device so I can’t help but think I’m just missing something in openHAB with the configuration of the Binding, Thing, Channel or Item. I really hope to figure this out as openHAB is by far the best home automation platform (for me) out of everything I’ve tried.
FWIW, I have 62 dimmers/dimmable bulbs and 9 ceiling fans.
Thanks Again for all your and everyone’s feedback and advice.