I have been trying to think of the cheapest way to have the following occur. I have my lights in my kitchen all set up on motion and lux sensors. For the most part they work great, but I have found that if you are sitting at the sink of oven for too long the lights will turn off. So I am looking for suggestions on how to get the sink lights to stay on if you’re washing (Bottles or Dishes) or prepping food to cook. I thought about extending the delay before it turns off, but I don’t want to leave these light on longer than they need to be if someone isn’t at the sink.
Here are my requirements:
Sensor can not be in the sink. (a Probe for a moisture sensor is
acceptable but where would I place it and how would I get it there?)
Lights off after motion stops and/or water is turned off.
Lux Level Settings
Do not want to use beacon. We don’t always have a phone or sensor on us
Apply the same logic if the oven is on.
The issue isn’t really zwave, it’s using a motion sensor’s inactivity to power off lights.
People can and do run into exactly the same issue with traditional nonnetworked occupancy sensors. You get the thing where you have to wave your hand in order to keep the lights from going off. It’s all about where the coverage is. If your lightswitch points into your kitchen, It catches more motion than if it’s on a wall where you just pass it as you walk into the room but after that you’re out of its range.
What is the fuel used for your oven? If electric, it’s a trivial problem to solve with any number of the “home energy monitor” devices out there. If natural gas or propane, you may have a few options, but most of them would involve performing electrical surgery on your oven. My tolerance for that sort of thing is pretty close to zero (explosive gases+DIY electrical work… you know…)
Consider placing a temperature probe somewhere near the oven. Even in an adjacent cabinet, you’re likely to detect a significant increase in temperature.