I’d like some advices for optimize my actual home monitoring with sensors.
Now, I’ve 2 samsung motion&temperature sensor, one near the entrance door and the other in the hallway upstairs, all working good.
But I’d like to monitor additional parameters such as:
brightness near the entrance door, in order to manage lights and shades with it
humidity, in order to manage hvac (via IR that I already have)
It makes no difference for me buying other sensors in exchange of the samsung ones (because I can use the samsung ones elsewhere) OR buying additional sensor to add the desired parameters.
In conclusion, I need motion, temperature and brightness near the entrance and motion, temperature and humidity upstair, and I already have 2 samsung motion&temperature sensor.
The first question what @JDRoberts would ask, where are you located? Different brands has different products in other regions.
Regarding your parameters you cannot miss with Xiaomi Aqara products, they are cheap but a bit quirky, as they tend to fall off from the Zigbee network. (They sold everywhere, in the UK and in the US as well.)
Some will add other sensors when they will know where you are.
The integration is custom, and slowly reaches full support in the new app, if it hasn’t done it yet.
@orangebucket has made a new DH for the Temperature Humidity and Pressure sensor for the new app.
Aqara has motion and lux sensors as well, but I haven’t got any of those.
The issues only, if they drop off the network and fail to control your devices and first to make them pair that they wouldn’t fell off for an extended period. Otherwise they do work well and last long on a single battery.
Sensative makes a sensor with an unusual combination: lux and temperature. Very well engineered. Has a built-in 10 year battery. Z wave, available for either the EU or the US. These are very nice sensors, but they are expensive.
The Fibaro multi sensor is also available for either the EU or the US. quite popular. combining motion, temperature, light level and vibration functions
Just make sure you get the Z wave version. There is also a HomeKit version which looks identical, but will not work with SmartThings.
The Aeotec tri sensor is motion/light/temperature.