Event notification lamp


Wondering if there is a app similar to colorcast but for events in general instead of based on weather.

Ex: if a contact sensor is open light turn red.
If my kid presence changes to present turn pink, if both my kids presence changes to present, change between pink and purple.
Laundry is done turn orange.
If my kids presence changes to not present, flash the lights.

A few examples, is there any smartapps made for this?
And triggered by switch or motion sensor.

(Robin) #2

You obviously haven’t discovered the CoRE smart app yet… Welcome to a whole new world of possibilities!!


I use core for it now, but it will simply trigger it only if the events happends when im in the room with active motion.
But if im not in the room with motion detectors, I wont get the notifications.
Do you have any idea how I can trigger the past events happend either by motion or a trigger afterwards?
Example when im back from work, I can see whats been happening while I was at work by triggering a switch or by motion it will run through the various colors for the respective events that have occurred?

(Robin) #4

You will have to save the events into global CoRE variables and then setup a CoRE piston to send the notifications to the lamp when you trigger motion.

Surely you know when your kids get home though, especially if you are already home yourself?

You could bin the whole lamp colour delayed notification thing and just get CoRE to send you SMS messages in real time.


Thank you, Ill give core another try if noone heavent made a specific app for this.
Even though the house is big I allready have other ways of figuring if my kids are home, just an example for a usecase.

Its more for my other family members then for me, some of the members dosent have a phone also.

Thanks for the help though

(Robin) #6

This is how I would setup CoRE then (one piston per notification)

You may need to add some ‘then If’ and ‘wait’ conditions / actions if you want a series of notifications at the same time (or just have each piston reset other variables so you only see the most recent one.

Edit: corrected piston… Silly mistake gone!!

(Realy Living Dream) #7

SmartHome monitor or Notify me when apps can notify with lights.

(Robin) #8

He wants the notification to be delayed until there is motion near the lamp…

(Realy Living Dream) #9

Well if my lights turn blue/red, etc to signify an alert, they will turn off in x minutes. The next time I walk into the room, open a door etc they turn on at the previous color set by the alert. So if I walk into the kitchen and the lights come on blue, I know there was a freeze alert, if they turn on red I know there was a door left open.
The changing colors of the alerts based on who is home is a bit beyond me.

(Robin) #10

I assumed he would want them to return to White after giving the notification, rather than being stuck on a different colour until a new trigger or manual switch changes it back.


Thanks, Ill try this


If it was a freezer alert and the door is open, will It browse through both colors then? Or only door open or freezing?

(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart) #13

Take a look at this app…

The new version is due out in a few days and will do what you are wanting.


Can I use this app without Echo? I have sonos speakers connected to ST, but no Echo, due to lack of support for my native language.

(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart) #15

In version 3 there is a specific section for alerts.

I’m thinking about actually making that into a standalone app.

It will play messages on your speakers, turn on and off lights with delay on and delay off, flash, send push and notifications.

I haven’t added color lights, but it is in work.


Nice, Ill give it a try, any timeframe for when you will have color bulbs added? Days, weeks or months?, thank you

(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart) #17

We are in the final stages of version three. We are expecting within a week.

(Realy Living Dream) #18

It would be whatever the last alert was.

(Robin) #19

As it is currently setup it will just show the last alert… Setting up other alerts will just overlap and you will get a random change to one of them.

My example above is for just for one trigger… To have other triggers I would suggest doing the same setup in a new piston but give it a 7 second delay before showing the notification after motion and a different variable name. If you go for a 3rd trigger give it 14 seconds, etc etc.

This way you won’t get a mash up of notifications overlapping.