So, this is an odd discovery, maybe a bug.
Simply put: an automation cannot call upon a scene in the Then statement if that scene uses a mode or device that is part of the automation’s If statement. Dumb.
Example that led to the discovery: I have a desire to create scenes that can basically be the then portion of an automation. By doing this, the scene becomes a quick way to effectively force run the automation, but I only have to build it in one place and tweak it in one place.
Simple Notional Example:
Automation titled: Goodnight
IF mode = home, time is after midnight (12:01am), living room dimmer light is off
THEN run Scene Goodnight
Scene titled Goodnight
Do: living room dimmer light on at 10%, set mode to night
By creating this Then portion as a scene, I can force run this implementation any time I wish, by the click of it on the new app. But I’d also like it to autorun whenever the IF conditions are met. I could simply do the If Then and rebuild the contents of the Goodnight Scene explicitly into the Then portion of my automation, thereby having two instances that I’d have, which is not ideal for tweaking, but I should not have to do this.
The above notional example SHOULD work, except, if you build the scene, then go and build the automation that will use that scene in the Then statement, the scene will be grayed out. At the bottom of the scene selection page, it says, “Scenes that conflict with other scenes you’ve selected aren’t available.” Except, this is not a scene conflicting with another, it is really just nonsense, a bug I think.
Try it to verify I’m not crazy. In fact, in my notional example above, the fact that the mode query is in the IF, as well as the living room dimmer query, are both preventing the selection of the Goodnight Scene, since the scene also does something to the location mode and the living room dimmer.
It’s gotta be a bug, right? There’s no reason for preventing this, or am I missing something? If it is a bug and others can verify, some of you have a significant standing in this community: can you alert the right people at Samsung?