I am setting up a lot of different smart devices but one event is giving me a little trouble. What is the best smart device set up for turning on my kitchen pantry light when i open door and go in, then only turn light off when I leave pantry closet. The regular light switch is on the outside away from motion so I cant use a motion switch. Any idea? I also want to use ALexa and my ST hub to work together with this setup. Thanks…
Mission: turn pantry closet light on when entering and allowing it ONLY to turn light off when i close door
Just get one of the many ST compatible door contact sensors…
I like the Fibaros, the Xiaomi ones are dirt cheap (but less reliable for some users) and there are tonnes of generic and main brand alternatives!
In regards to the automation the built in Smartlighting app is probably all you need but you could also benefit from more options by using webCoRE.
Me and Ron are cross posting lol… you get the idea.
So I would need a door contact sensor AND a GE/Leviton Z-wave in wall on/off switch for the closet?
Then I would use ST routine for the sensor to tell Zwave wall switch to turn on/off based on your above screen shot?
You would only need the switch if you don’t have a smart bulb handy. Even then, I would go with the switch (easier for people who aren’t used to home automation; “What do you mean I just have to open the door to turn on the light?!” With a switch, those types of people can use the switch even though the door contact sensor would be active. Otherwise, you could go with a smart bulb, but the education (and forgetfulness) of others is a bit more.
And yes… I did say “those types of people”… LOL
I can’t use the bulb, as I have used 1 or two in other areas, my pantry uses CFL lighting.
Correct. Might be a terminology thing, but you don’t want a routine, just a smart lighting rule. Go to marketplace -> SmartApps->ST Recommends and choose Smart Lights
TBH, I have plenty of these in various closets…Dumb as can be but economically Smart…
On the TopGreener/Lutron devices you show it requires it be inwall IN the room you are going into. I don’t have that setup. The wall switch is OUTSIDE the pantry, so I have to use a different smart scheme…
Yeah, that’s how my shoe closet is so I understand. Good thing is you can get Contact Sensors for cheap now-a-days. I also have closets in a hall way that I use contacts to turn on/off the hallway light.
Here is the rule for that in webCoRE.