Light Turn on Open/Close with Sunset/Sunrise Variable


(Charlie Treadwell) #1

Has anyone found an app, or created an app that allows for this user story?

I want my patio lights to turn on when I open my door, but only after or before sunset so I don’t have to continually change the timeframe.

Right now, the smart app only allows for a specific timeframe which I have to change all the time.


(Nicholas Wilde) #2

You can use the sunset/sunrise app to change your mode from home to night and then setup a rule where your patio light turns on when you open the door and the mode is night.


(Charlie Treadwell) #3

I thought about that, but I use night mode to put my house to sleep. I guess I could add a different mode called After Dark and set it for both Night and After Dark. I’ll try that out.


(Charlie Treadwell) #4

Yep, that worked. I used my existing Night mode, since all my automation is actually in the Hello Home Good Night action. I added a Day mode, because Night and Home didn’t seem logical to me, but I’ll probably remove the Day mode and replace it with home later.

Thanks @NickW for pointing out the obvious to me.


(Nicholas Wilde) #5

No problem. I am glad that I could help. Just let us know if you have any more questions.


(Charlie Treadwell) #6

The Mode Magic app seemed spotty at first, and wouldn’t switch consistently. In the past 2 days it’s been working great.