I’ve been having some undesirable interactions between an Ecolink motion sensor, a coupled connected lights, and the Hello, Home phrases. I think I’ve figured out what the problem is, I’m just not sure how to solve it – maybe someone here has cracked this nut already and can help?
Here’s the puzzle’s logic:
Motion sensor is tied to lights through a basic “Lights & Switches” -> Turn on when there is motion. I have it configured with a “Wait this many minutes to turn off after motion stops” = 15 minutes.
Motion will be sensed and lights go on according to plan. Motion ends, and a “lights off” event gets scheduled for 15 minutes in the future.
During this 15 minute gap, I change the house mode with a custom “movie time” phrase. In this configuration, I’ve disabled the motion sensors so we don’t lose lights mid show and find ourselves sitting in the dark. When I say “disabled” here, I mean the house mode changes to a mode that “lights turn on during motion” is supposed to ignore (that is, the “Only when mode is…” does not include my “movie time” mode).
As planned, the scheduled “lights off” event takes place and leaves us in the dark – Oops! Yes, this is how the various apps are configured to work, but it’s not the desired outcome. In an ideal world, the house would realize the house mode changed and cancel the scheduled “lights off” command.
So, it seems to me this should be a solvable problem involving “de-scheduling” (that is, canceling scheduled events, or having scheduled events be mode sensitive). However, short of writing my own SmartApp, I haven’t found a clear solution. Any community help would be much appreciated!
Cheers to you all and thanks for your input!