Our basement is currently setup as a home theater/office space. I initially had a motion sensor in the room to turn on the Hue lights, which became more of a PITA than anything. I have added a door contact sensor to the mix so when the basement room door is opened the lights automatically turn on. However, I still have a few problems (listed below). I’ve added a bullet list of what I’m looking for and was hoping for some ideas on how I can accomplish it, in the most efficient way (device count and economically!)
Room size is 22x11
- One motion sensor couldn’t cover the entire length. Tried Iris v2 and the new Zooz.
- When sitting at my desk doing work, the lights would turn off and I would have to get up, walk to 3/4 the way across the room to turn them back on.
- Motion Sensor (Zooz) was cloud based and thus lagged to turn the lights on. This is why I added the contact.
How I want it to work:
- Ideally, a motion sensor in the room that can cover the whole area (I’m ok if I need 2) but they have to be pet sensitive (2 dogs (40lbs ea) /1 cat).
- I should be able to wave arms in any area to get the lights to kick back on, should they turn off due to lack of motion
- If I’m working at the computer or if we are watching a movie/tv through the HT, I don’t want the lights to change from whatever state they are in. For example, if I dim the lights or turn them off, I don’t want the lights to turn on with the contact or motion (when watching/using the HT). Basically, when the HT is in use, I almost want the automations to stop, and leave lighting to be manually controlled, until the movie is over or the HT system is turned off.
For #3, I have been toying with a couple of ideas. We use Plex a lot and I know there is third-party integration there. So when using plex, I can have a default action set to dim or off. I was then thinking of using some type of smart outlet that monitors energy consumption and connect it to my TV. This way, if the TV is drawing power over X amount, don’t change lights. When TV stops drawing power, re-enable automations based on home-mode? I was thinking I could do something similar with my PC monitor, to prevent the lights from turning off when in use considering I always shut it off when walking away and if not, it will go into power-save anyhow. I just don’t know if smart outlets, 2 motion sensors and a door contact is overkill to achieve what I’m looking for? I also don’t want to over complicate it to where if it doesn’t work I now have to troubleshoot more than I need to.
I do have a Logitech Harmony remote (non-smart hub though). another option was swapping that out with the smart hub version and use the virtual switches for activities to handle the HT on/off status. However, I already have a Logitech Elite up ion the main floor but you can pair more than one Harmony to ST, correct?
Any ideas on how to accomplish this or does my 2 motion, 2 outlets (or 1 outlet + harmony) and the contact sound like the best course of action, coupled with some WebCoRE programming?