Hi, just wanted to see if anybody else is using switches as “Modes” like me. I have just started to refactor from Modes to my “Home Modes” switches.
One problem I have with modes is that I can only choose one at the time.
So one ‘mode’ in our house could be (example):
Kids Sleeping Downstairs + Being outside front yard
Kids Sleeping Downstairs:
Will then inflect how the automatic light control behaves downstairs, eg. the hallway light will never turn off, only dim down to 1 %.
Being outside front yard:
Will inflect when to nofity on motion outside front yard (if we are outside - don’t notify)
If I should use Modes only for this, then I would have to create a Mode named like “OutFrontKidsSleep” (Modes are length restricted!).
But what if we also worked in the backyard? What if we have guests in the house also at the same time? Then the automation in our house should behave a bit differently according to that also.
Thats why I have created simulated switches instead like so:
Then in webCoRE I normally just include the switches in some kind of logic or restriction.
I have then created 3 simple (in built) modes:
So now the mode can be “Away” - but my Home Mode switch “Guests at Home” could still be ON - then that would give one kind of behaviour. (Eg. don’t turn on SHM alarm on)
Or “Away”, but still with Guests at Home and Kids Sleeping Downstairs - would then give another behaviour.
The Home Modes can either be toggled in the Room section or in some of my Routines I have created (turn on/off switches).
That is for me, way more module and scalable than just having a thousand different modes.
Don’t know if anybody else is using it like this.