Blind control with Sunrise/Sunset?


(Doug) #1

I have a Z-Wave blind controller (Zipato Micro Module Motor Control) that integrates just fine and is recognized as a blind controller. All functions works as expected. I want to automate open close at Sunrise and Sunset but only specific time is supported in the standard controls. I haven’t found a smartapp that has this feature for blind control.

Anyone have an ideas of how to implement this simple capability. I am technical but many years since I have written code.

Thanks
Doug


(Ben Erkens ) #2

Don’t know if it works for you.

Install the App “Smart Lighting” from the Automation tab and then add a Smart App. It is in the Light and Switches section.

There you can add a scene. Try if you can choose the blinds.

Define open and close at sunrise and sunset.

Grtn Ben


(Doug) #3

I tried to use the Smart Lighting" smart app, but the blinds were not able to be picked. I will see if I can create a scene where I add it. Thanks!


(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #4

It used to be the optimal answer was just alter your DTH or use a Virtual DTH to have your Blinds look like a Dimmer Switch instead.

There’s really no need for Blinds to be treated differently than a Lightbulb.

Advantages:

  • Works instantly with any SmartApp that support lighting (e.g., Smart Lighting, ActionTiles)
  • Works instantly with Amazon Alexa and Google Home
  • Works with Scenes and Routines and SHM

(Doug) #5

Thanks. You said “used to be”, is there a better option now? I am very surprised no one has developed a smartapp for blinds that has sunrise/sunset.


(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #6

I still think pretending to be a Light (Dimmer Switch) is the best option.

But Scenes now support Blinds directly, and Scenes can be called from Routines.


(Martin Verbeek) #7

Maybe an overkill for the requested, but have a look, Ideas for controlling blinds based on weather?.


#8

I use a luminance sensor to control my blinds.