I wanted to share with everyone all of the automation and rules I recently added to my bathroom, thinking others might benefit from the ideas, especially #8…
In my bathroom, I have a GE outdoor module hooked to a space heater, a Z-wave switch for the main lights, a Link bulb in the toilet room light fixture and a motion sensor above the main bathroom door.
I have these rules:
- If motion is detected and the main light is off, turn on the Link bulb at 1%. This way, at night, when we go in, it will dimly light the room without blinding us.
- If motion stops and the main light is off, wait five minutes and then turn off the link bulb.
- If the main lights go on, turn on the link bulb at 100%.
- If the main lights go off, turn off the link bulb.
- If the link bulb turns off, but the main lights are on, turn the link bulb on. I needed this to prevent the link bulb form turning off if it came on from motion, then I turned on the main light, and then the motion stopped, but the main light stayed on.
- If the motion detector reports a temp below 64, and the house is not in Away mode, turn on the heater. (there is a skylight in the bathroom and it gets cold in the winter.)
- If the motion detector reports a temp above 66, turn off the heater.
- This is my favorite rule: If the main lights turn off, and the garage door is open, turn the main lights on. This prevents us from going to sleep with the garage door open! (and prevents things like, close the door at 11:30 pm. (Sometimes, I WANT the door open at 11:30 pm.)) The last thing we do before going to bed is turn off the bathroom lights. So, we cannot go to bed with the door open ever again!