Night Light with overide?


#1

I have a set of dimmer lights which I’d like to turn on at a certain dim level on motion between sunset and sunrise, and turn off after a certain period of no motion. The tricky part is that I’d also like to have it to be at max brightness and won’t turn off by itself when a (virtual) switch is turned on (which could be turned on before or after the night light is being triggered).

I searched and saw a few similar topics being discussed and I tried to follow. I have installed over 5 different smartapps and have been playing with different modes and stuff but still couldn’t figure out how to do what I want.

I think I am too dense to figure it out myself. If anyone can give me some hand holding as to how to achieve this I’d appreciate it.


#2

I’m using core, see if this give you some idea how to use virtual switch control the off


#3

There are several ways to do this, but at this point (October 2016), core is probably the best. :sunglasses:

If you’re not familiar with it, the following thread will get you started. (This is a clickable link)


#4

Thanks for the tip, but I can’t figure out how to get to the “Wait x minutes” part…


#5

Make sure you are using the latest version of CoRE, then at the action page, scroll all the way down


#6

Thanks. Find the option now. It was user error on my part that I didn’t see this option.

Now I made 2 pistons, one to turn on the light with motion and one to turn off light when there’s no motion. Is there a more intelligient way to make 1 piston for both one and off.

Also Initially I tried something like “If motion sensor was inactive for at least # minutes then turn light off.” It didn’t seem to work even the If flag turned from FALSE to TRUE. What is the use of the was operator?