Sisense Enabled Bulb

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Traditional dashboards provide comprehensive access to vast amounts of data, however, sometimes you need quick, actionable insights. The Sisense-Enabled Bulb provides an immediate visual representation of a KPI. Sisense recommends choosing a KPI that is meaningful to your business and you expect might change frequently. KPIs that are relatively static are less meaningful to monitor with the Sisense-Enabled Bulb.

To see how Sisense’s Marketing department has implemented the Sisense-Enabled Bulb, click here.

If you have not purchased a bulb, for US customers you can purchase one from the LIFX US site and for European customers, you can visit the LIFX Europe site.

This topic provides the following information:

How does it Work?

The Sisense-Enabled Bulb is connected to your Wi-Fi connection and dynamically updates when a data alert is triggered. You can create data alerts for a wide array of conditions. To learn more, see Data Alerts.

Sisense can be configured to send a webbook to Zapier each time a data alert is triggered. When the webhook arrives, Zapier sends a request, also known as a ‘Zap’, to LIFX API. The Zap contains the ID of your bulb and defines how your bulb should respond to an alert. For example, how many times the bulb show blink or what color to display.

To set up an LIFX bulb, you need to connect your LIFX bulb to your Wifi, retrieve an ID for your bulb, and finally, create a Zap that is sent to the LIFX API when your data alert is triggered.

Connecting the Sisense-Enabled Bulb to Your WiFi

To connect to the Sisense-Enabled Bulb to your wifi, you must download the LIFX app. The LIFX provides an interface in Apple or Android-based mobile devices for defining your bulb’s color and connections settings.

To connect to the Sisense-Enabled Bulb:

  1. Before plugging the lamp into the power outlet, screw the bulb into the lamp.
  2. Plug the lamp into the power outlet and turn it on.
    Note: You can reset the lamp by turning the lamp on and off 5 times. When you reset the lamp you must complete this procedure again.
  3. Download and install LIFX. For Apple-based mobile devices, click here, and for Android, click here.
  4. Open the LIFX app .
  5. In LIFX, tap Register and create an account.
  6. Enter an email address and password to be used for your LIFX account and tap Sign In.
  7. In the top-right corner, tap + and then Connect light. LIFX locates the bulb.
  8. Tap the name of the bulb located by LIFX.
  9. Connect the bulb to your Wi-Fi.
  10. LIFX will connect to your Sisense-Enabled Bulb, and display a list of all your Sisense-Enabled Bulbs. The current color of your bulb is displayed.

Retrieving a Sisense-Enabled Bulb Token

To allow Sisense to communicate with your LIFX bulb, you must provide Sisense with access to your LIFX bulb. After you provide access, LIFX returns a token that you include in your Zap that enables your bulb to authenticate requests from Sisense when updating your bulb’s color.

To retrieve a token:

  1. In your web browser, open the Sisense LIFX authorization site located here.
  2. Enter your LIFX account email address and password in the relevant fields.
  3. Click Sign in. The Authorization page is displayed.
  4. In the Authorization page, click Authorize. Your Sisense BulbiToken is displayed. Save this token for later.

Connecting Your Bulb to Sisense

Now that have set up your bulb and retrieved a token, you can create a Zap that defines how your bulb responds to a data alert.

When connecting your bulb to Sisense, you need Sisense V6.5 or later and a Zapier account. If you do not have a Zapier account, you can make one for free here.

Note: Repeat this procedure for every color you want your bulb to support. For example, if you use colors green and red to represent alerts, repeat this procedure twice, once for each color.

To configure Zapier to work with the Sisense-Enabled Bulb:

  1. Log in to your Zapier account.
  2. Open this Zap template prepared by Sisense.
  3. Click Create this Zap.
  4. Click Continue. The Webhook Setup options are displayed.
  5. Click Continue. The Test Webhooks page is displayed.
  6. In the Test Webhooks page a webhook generated by Zapier is displayed, click Copy to clipboard to copy this URL.
  7. Test the webhook by pasting the it into your browser and add ?data= to the end of the URL to verify that the webhook works. For example:
    If the webhook is working as expected, you should see “status”: “success” and some additional IDs in your browser. Keep the URL saved in your clipboard as you need to paste it again later.
  8. In the Test Webhooks page, click I did this to confirm that you have tested the webhook. A message is displayed confirming that the test was successful.
  9. Open Sisense.
  10. Create a new data alert or edit an existing alert. For more information, see Creating Data Alerts.
  11. In the Notifications Options of your alert, select Zapier and paste the webhook URL copied from Step 6 into the URL field (without the ?data= parameter included in the URL).
  12. In the bottom left corner of the window, click Additional Options and select Notify only once after a condition is met to limit how many times your bulb refreshes itself after an alert is triggered.
  13. Return to Zapier and click Continue.
  14. Create a new webhook by clicking Continue. The Set Up Webhooks page is displayed.
  15. In the URL field, enter your LIFX URL. The URL has the following structure: Replace BULB_ID with your LIFX bulb ID. The ID should be written in lowercase letters.
  16. Select Show advanced options. Additional fields are displayed.
  17. From the Payload Type list, select Form.
  18. In the Data section you need to add several key-value pairs that determine the behavior of your bulb when an alert is triggered. The values of these keys are passed as parameters through your webhook to the bulb. Click + to add five fields. Entering the following details into the fields:
    Key 1: Enter from_color in the Key field and in the Value field, enter the default color for your bulb.
    Key 2: Enter color in the Key field and in the Value field, enter the color you want the bulb to be when an alert is triggered.
    Key 3: Enter power_on in the Key field, and in the Value field, enter true. When true, Sisense turns the bulb on even if it is not already on.
    Key 4: Enter cycles in the Key field and in the Value field enter the number of cycles. Cycles are the number of times a light pulsates when an alert is triggered.
    Key 5: Enter period in the Key field and in the Value field enter the number of seconds for each period. Periods are the time in seconds for a single cycle to complete.
    Key 6: Enter persist in the Key field and in the Value field, enter true. When true, the last color displayed in the bulb is the color displayed until your next alert.
    For example:
  19. In the Unflatten field, enter yes to convert fields with underscores into nested dictionaries.
  20. In the Headers section, enter the following key-value pair:
    • In the Key field, enter Authorization.
    • In the Value field, enter Bearer and your LIFX token with a space in between, for example, Bearer 23Sk5fj23934fLMNs. Click here to retrieve your LIFX token.
  21. Click Continue. The Test Webhook page is displayed.
  22. Click Create & Continue. The next time the alert is triggered, Sisense fires a webhook that activates your Sisense-Enabled Bulb.

Troubleshooting the Sisense-Enabled Bulb