I just got myself a ST kit and I’ve added my Sengled bulbs which are working great. Now I want to make use of the sensors and I’ve already found one use case for it in my home but I’m unsure about how to implement it. I’d really appreciate if someone could help.
We have a bathroom door that opens inside the bathroom and the light switch gets blocked when the door opens so it’s a really huge inconvenience to flick the switch by reaching for it behind the door. I’ve already installed a smart bulb in the bathroom that I can switch on using Google Home but I was wondering if I could place a sensor somewhere that could turn on the bulb when someone goes in and turn off the bulbs when the person exits the bathroom.
How are you turning them off? By motion going inactive on your motion sensor? Then you might have to raise the sensitivity on the sensor or increase the timeout that the motion stays active. It would all depend on how you have your sensor configured.
Ah, yeah, that is tricky. Luckily I have a small bathroom so the motion sensor at the top of the wall is able to “see” into the shower too. I guess if there were kids in the shower that it would turn off.
One alternative you might want to look at is what I did to bypass the motion. Basically, I have it set up through WebCore to only turn the lights off if they are under 90% bright. That way, if I want to keep them on no matter what, you just turn them up to 100.
There’s an older smartapp which handled this particular situation by taking into account the amount of humidity in the bathroom. If the humidity is above a certain level, it assumes someone is taking a shower so the fact that the motion sensor doesn’t detect them doesn’t trigger the off.
I imagine these days you would do this with webcore instead, but the basic approach is interesting.
That is a brilliant idea - I struggle with this with other motion sensors as well, but they are in hallways etc where it really doesn’t matter. But I have one in the upstairs hallway that lights up a staircase to the attic which is dark, and I have some shelves midway and that is the only light there.