The ‘How often to cycle the lights’ option, is this a set value or does the app randomise the time up to that value? Would it be possible to update the app to have a ‘From’ > ‘To’ value and the app then randomises between those times?
If it is not a random time, would it please be possible to add that?
@farlicimo, Thanks! I’m using the one from Automation>SmartApps>Add a SmartApp>Lights & Switches>Vacation Lighting Director, on the android app. I’m not familiar with the self install process yet, but will take a look.
@farlicimo thanks for the guide and the redirect to custom code. I’ve got it working.
The most recent version (published September 2016) works great. It doesn’t let you offset from sunset or sunrise which is a feature I like. So I tried the second most recent version and couldn’t make it work. I went back to the most recent version and it continues to work great after two “production” runs.
Here’s the cliff notes of what I did to set it up for any interested nubes like me - insert standard guide written by a nube disclaimer here - your mileage may vary…
To use custom code from the wonderful folks who publish their work free on Github:
Get a free Github account.
Link your git hub account on the IDE My Smart Apps page with the button on the top right - follow sites directions to fork the Smartthings Repository on Github.
Do an update from repository with the button on the My Smart Apps page.
Use the New Smart App button on the My Smart Apps page to create the smart app. You can use the “from templates function” to access many templates (from Github?). I couldn’t load the template for VLD so I searched within the Github site to find the code and then copied and pasted the it directly using the “From Code” creation option. I’m sure there is a better way, since this probably breaks the updates, but it worked.
Publish it with the button on the My Smart Apps page. My only publish option was “for me” which put it on my phone’s SmartThings app under the Add A Smart App > My Apps option at the very bottom of the list. Ready to configure and run.
Thanks again to all for the great app and the help getting up and running.
Has this stopped working for anyone else? Been working well for months and seems to have just stopped. Went to see if I needed to update code and link to GIT appears to be broken?
EDIT: Is there a way to trace what the code is doing when it tries to execute ala webCore? I think I have it configured right but maybe I am doing something wrong and can see where it says X=Y is false and alert me to where I have run afoul. I did just replace a bunch of bulbs which this uses so maybe it has something to do with that?
You might want to re-configure the settings, and “done” your way out. If you removed devices (in addition to adding devices), and did not clear the settings of VLD before you did, you might have to remove and re-install. Removing devices without cleaning up apps using the devices can cause problems in ST apps.
Pretty sure I removed first, but it was a lot of juggling apps since I was replacing some items so I could have missed. You are suggesting I remove the app entirely and re-install right? I’ll give that a try. What link are you using for Git? I am using the one at the top and getting a 404 not found.
EDIT: Removed my link because it was just a replica of the bad one at the top and noticed people trying to use it.
Yes, that’s how I have found it to behave. People have found that the Marketplace version has issues. If it works for you great, but it seems most end up installing from the custom code in this thread.
What I found. . .and seen others note. . .is that when it doesn’t work it generally just does nothing. Not some sort of weird half working behaviour, but just doesn’t do anything. To install you basically follow the same method you did you install webCore. The code link is at the top of this thread. Allen wrote up the steps he followed in response to a post I linked about creating custom code. Either one should be useful.