I want some lights to turn on at sunset, and turn off at a specific time. I can compromise and use Smart Lighting and turn them off at sunrise, because once sunset is chosen I do not have an option for a specific time-off.
Also, I want the lights to turn off when I go, which I can build that command in the routine 'Goodbye! '.
However, if I return (I’m back) I want them to turn on only if I am within that time schedule specified in step 1.
Is that possible, if I combine a couple of apps or so? Or am I asking too much?
The Rule Machine sounds great; however I am not sure I know how to install these fancy apps. I have an IDE account and installed Big Switch and Routine Director previously from a template (that’s the only way I could make it to work at the time), but these Smartapps do not appear on my iOS device, only on my IDE account.
When I am clicking ‘AddNew SmartApp’ from template I can’t locate The Rule in the list on my left. Unless there is a different way of installing Smartapps that I am not aware of.
For Rule Machine, You will need to copy the code from the GitHub page for the Rule Machine parent App, and use the From Code button when creating the new smart app in IDE. Click Save and then Publish>For Me. Then, you will repeat for the Rule child app, copy/paste after using From Code button again on a new smart app. Click Save on this one, but not publish.
Once you have them set up in your IDE, you would go into the Marketplace on your device’s app, and under SmartApps, choose My SmartApps. Choose Rule Machine from the list of your smartapps.
Last I checked @JoeC 's Simple Rule Builder did not have sunset as a trigger, but it’s a tool that every SmartThings user should be aware of. Also @bravenel has a new rule engine as well as @obycode has an actual app on the app store.
All seem like steps in the right direction for what ST should be able to do natively.