Like most everybody, I want our house to look realistically lived in while we are out for the evening or on vacation. Right now I am using SmartThings Connect Classic with a combination of SmartApps/Smart Lighting, modes, Routines, and Scenes (which is confusing enough to debug).
I would like to add some lighting randomization when we are out (nobody home) and am considering using WebCoRE for that.
Question: can I use both the Connect Classic app and WebCoRE simultaneously to add some randomization “overlay” on top of the SmartThings Connect automation? I’m trying to properly architect this before getting too far along.
When we are home, there actually are not a lot of random lighting changes. Our living room, dining room, kitchen, an dining front TV room all have fairly consistent patterns. But adding some additional on/off pseudorandom light cycles requires adding a lot of new Smart Lighting rules dedicated to an Away and/or Vacation mode (e.g., different patterns on MWF and TThSS). The number of discrete rules really explodes.
What’s the best approach?
- Stay completely in Connect Classic?
- Use a hybrid of Connect Classic and WebCoRE? Keep using Classic but add some randomization on top of the predictable patterns in Classic.
- Move entirely to WebCoRE and abandon Connect Classic?
Any insights would be appreciated.