Looking for an app that allows me to turn off the lights after a couple of minutes


(Raul Pared) #1

i have GE 12722 and 12733 switches installed on stairs. I want to have the lights to turn off after i turned them on…
so i am going upstairs, (turn on lights) after i get to the top of the stairs (20 sec later) I want that same light to turn off automatically after a set amount of time

any help would be appreciated and thanks in advance!


(Tim) #2

I believe CoRE can do this. Check out the Wiki page for installation and setup instructions.

I’m thinking this could be a basic “Piston” or rule that triggers when the light turns on, waits a duration of time and then takes action to turn the light off.


(Ben W) #3

Smartlighintg can do this too, it is under power allowance. The lowest is 1 minute. I have motion triggered lights in the stairs and the 1 minute is a pretty good number

Advantage over CoRe is it will run locally, and is a offical smartApp. Core is awesome, but I always try to make my rules first in smartlighting.


#4

As with many cases, smartthings is very powerful, but not always very intuitive.

You can use the official smart lighting feature to set up a virtual timer for a light, but you also need to create a virtual switch to act as that timer. There is a how to article in the community – created wiki with the instructions:

http://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index.php?title=How_to_create_a_virtual_timer_for_a_light

You could also definitely use core if you want. Core is a very sophisticated rules engine created by the community. But it does require that you install custom code and it may be overkill if you just need a timer for a couple of lights.


(Raul Pared) #5

i am using smartthings hub v2 and i do not see where the power allowance is on the smartthing app


(Ben W) #6

Its under “Trigger” in the Smart Lighting app.


#7

The exact instructions (including screenshots) are listed in point two in the virtual timer article in the community – created wiki. :sunglasses:

http://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index.php?title=How_to_create_a_virtual_timer_for_a_light

Most likely the issue is that you didn’t pick “off” at the beginning. As I said, SmartThings is powerful, but not intuitive.


#8

You can also try SmartRules app if you’re looking for an easy, quick fix. I use it for many things but can be unreliable at times. I also happen to use it as a timer for my stairs light


(Raul Pared) #9

got it working using power allowance but as someone mentioned the lowest is 1 minute. I would like it to be 30 sec thank for every bodies responsde