Simple motions sensor -> turn on light

(Dave Bell) #1

I feel like I must be stupid. I just got an Ecolink motion detector and I simply want it to turn on a light when it senses motion, and turn back off after x number of minutes.

In Hello, Home, I only see the option of turning on/off when something opens/closes. There is no motion detection option.

Do I need to install an app? (I think I can handle that)… and if so… where is the code for a simple app that will do this?

Thanks for patience with noobs!


(Brian Steere) #2

Hello home should do it. Whatever you want to turn on/off needs to be in the Lights/Switches part of the dashboard.

(Teflon Koss) #3

On the dashboard, Lights & Switches. Then push the gear icon in the upper right corner. Choose the light and you’ll get options like “Turn on when there is motion” and more.

(Dave Bell) #4

Ok… that’s the trick. The light was not copied into Lights/Switches, and that was not the obvious place to create the action.


I have the same issue. I added a SmartPower outlet, but after adding it there is no Lights/Switches group on the dashboard. It appears in the Things view, and I can control it, but there is no Lights/Switches group. How do I create one, and then add this outlet to the group?


(David Traver) #6

I also have no lights and switches group. How do I set that up?

(Dan) #7

This FAQ may help you.

(Kenneth C) #8

I just went through this with a few motion sensors. The option for a Smartapp is offered at initial setup of the motion sensor, but not quite as intuitive to find when adding on afterwards. Look under “Actions” , “Lighting”, then find the “Turn on when there is motion” smartapp.

Configuring / Editing can be performed from the “Things” tile by selecting the gear, then smartapp as mentioned above.


There’s a little more to it than that. There is an option under hello home actions to control a light from a motion sensor, but you have to also be changing the mode or the option doesn’t even appear. However, the good thing is that from a hello home action, you can control events for devices from different device classes all off the same motion sensor trigger. See:

And this topic lists some of the differences between using a shortcut group or using a hello home action: