I live in a condo neighborhood, so the units are pretty close together. One of my neighbors and I recently strung up some outdoor LED lights (“Feit 48ft. LED Outdoor Weatherproof Color Changing String Light Set, Black” only available from Costco). Everyone seems to love them except one of our other neighbors. They went along, but asked that the lights be turned off by 9:30pm, because they do illuminate their bedroom somewhat. I value our relationship with them, so I want to respect their wish, but there are many nights that they are up way past 9:30pm.
I thought I had found the solution in IFTTT and Android SMS. I am thinking that this would allow my neighbors to text me “lightsoff” and it would turn the lights off. The lights are plugged into a “GE Z-Wave Wireless Smart Lighting Control Outdoor Module, On/Off, Plug-In, Black.”
I have given IFTTT access to the plug in the SmartThings app. I have created an Android SMS recipe in the IFTTT app that supposedly searches for any received SMS message with “lightsoff” in it, and then turns off the GE plug. Unfortunately, it does not work. I can’t even get the app to run in IFTTT, so it’s not that there is an error, it’s that it just doesn’t run at all. I also tried using the phrase “#lightsoff”, but that didn’t matter.
I have seen a few other threads on here that reference Android SMS looking only for messages from a specific phone number, but in setting the recipe up, it never asks for a phone number. It just asks for the phrase that it should search all incoming messages for.
What am I missing? I do use Signal as my default messaging app, but I tried switching to the delivered messaging app (Galaxy S7) and that made no difference.
I would like to give my neighbors and easy way to turn the lights off, but don’t want to spend much/any money on a solution, and I’m not going to leave a tablet or computer running just for this. I’ve tried to find a reliable, battery-powered z-wave on/off switch (read through the official buttons forum on here), but one does not seem to exist. The Aeon Labs Panic Button seemed like the best bet, but many folks report spotty performance.
Any advice on getting this IFTTT integration working, so my neighbors could just send a text to turn the lights off?