I’m setting up a SmartThings security system (I just purchased a bunch of sensors, Yale locks, V3 hub, ect) and I want something that I can quickly glance at and see the status of my security system.
I came across the Philips Hue Go (with a Hue Bridge):
My idea is;
When everything is closed (all sensors made) and it’s night time (system considered armed) it has a very dim Green glow, “system is good”
If a door opens when the system is “armed” it turns red.
If a door is open during the day and we are home (system unarmed) it glows yellow.
So by quickly looking at it, if it’s red I need to find the door/window and close it,
green is good
yellow is something is open but it’s while we are home and the system is unarmed.
Is this possible?
I can research online how do do it. I just don’t want to go on a wild goose chase if it’s beyond the limitations of SmartThings/Philips Hue.
I would suggest using Smart Home Moritor and create rules for each setting and use the alert with lights and set your color. Be sure to install the classic app after you set up the hub using the Samsung connect app and use the SHM in it. I would not recommend using SHM in the connect app at this point.
You can also explore WebCORE to create custom rules.
We do pretty much exactly what you suggest and have different colors as different indicators, but we don’t use the Hue go for that – – we just use a light strip. We find it less distracting, but still easy to see an instant status.
I’ve mentioned before that we have one in my housemates room under his television. When I open the front gate it turns blue, and that way if it’s been blue for too long, he knows to come check and see if I got stuck or something (I’m in a wheelchair). We tried using texts but when he’s playing video games, he doesn’t check his phone. But he will, at least eventually, notice if the light has stayed blue. We also have it turn orange on trash day, green for when the mail has arrived, a couple of other things. It works really well for us and it’s definitely easy to do from the automation side.
There’s also a smart light switch you can get which has colored indicator tiny lights to be used for statuses. A lot of people like that one, although then you’re talking little teeny tiny pinpoints.
choice is good: if you want an indicator light the size of a grapefruit, the go should work just fine. . I know there are some community members to use it in a little kid ‘s room so the kid knows when they are allowed to get up in the morning.
I forgot to say if you like the idea of the go because it’s battery operated, be aware that it’s not intended to run on batteries all the time. It’s supposed to be mostly plugged in, but when you unplug it, the battery will last for 2 to 3 hours. It’s really just intended as a party light or, like I use it, as a jack-o’-lantern. You can’t have it on battery all the time: it literally shuts itself off after a couple of hours.
Thanks jkp for the suggestion about using SHM with Classic.
I was planning to use the new SmartThings Connect as I’m assuming at some point everything will migrate to it.
Is SHM not working very well with Connect?
It is not a fully baked product at this point. There are no custom alerts like those available in the Classic app. You can’t use webcore and SHM in the Connect app. There are a few additional cons against SHM in the Connect app. I’d highly recommend using SHM on Classic at this point.
Ya it is a bit bigger than I’d like. Something around the size of a baseball would be perfect but couldn’t find anything like that.
The Go seemed to look good as a “central hub” for my house status.
I like the idea of garbage day… now you’ve got me thinking of other things I can do.
That switch is pretty neat. For what I’m doing it wouldn’t be as easy to glance at it from far away and see the status.
It will be running plugged in all the time.
Those HSM200 are interesting, hadn’t seen those. Going to think about them thanks.
Thanks for the input. Nice having a community for this stuff.
The LIFX mini is a Wi-Fi lightbulb which works well with SmartThings. You can just screw it into a regular little table lamp and I think it would make a good tennis ball size indicator. So that’s another option .
Thanks for the info Ron. I did see that one when I was looking at indicators but ended up going with the Go.
It looks more like a “glowing object” than a light. Have it all setup and it’s perfect for what I want.
The HomeSeer HS-WS200 looks like a great solution for me to see ARMED vs DISARMED status at a glance in my master bedroom. The question is, can I set the LED’s regardless of the switch state? i.e. use this as dual purpose device? Have the LED’s always green for disarmed and always red for armed?
Yes, that switch has two modes. In normal mode, the tiny LEDs reflect the circuit state that the switch controls. But in status mode, the tiny LEDs are completely independent of the circuit state, they are just used as status lights.