Hello, I’m looking for guidance on the best way to approach the dusk-to-dawn activation of fluorescent step lights already installed in my home.
Currently, they are activated based on a photocell switch mounted outside the house, much like a lamppost light controller. It works ok, but the photocell switches need replacement after several years due to heat and weather. I’d prefer to integrate their control into Smartthings.
For safety, I would like these controlled by outdoor light levels, so changing weather and changing seasons activate the lights at different times and as needed.
What do you recommend? Should I get a luminescence / lux sensor, then automate some sort of relay? Or instead of the relay, should I add a smart switch to the circuit instead? I don’t have any sort of wall switch for this circuit but I could hide one under the stairs if needed. Smart relays I’ve looked at seem aimed more expensive and aimed at low voltage control.
I’m sure I could use the lux sensor for other automation opportunities. Not sure where to mount outside or even if it needs to be mounted outside.
Appreciate your insights in advance!