Status LEDs at Front Door

Hi, I would like put a little box with status LEDs next to my front door. I need at least one LED, which is turned on when SmartThings is in “Armed (Away)” mode. Other LEDs could indicate whether certain windows are open or closed. This box would be useful both when I leave (are all windows like they should be?) or enter my apartment (did the presence sensing work?). It is cumbersome to pull out the smartphone and launch the ST app for that. The box would be mounted outside of my apartment, but inside a stairwell, so weather protection is no issue here.

My idea is to use a Fiabro RGBW z-wave module for that an connect the R, G, B and W outputs each to a different single small LED, so I would have four status lights in total.

My problem is the software part. I have no experience in writing device handlers or smartapps (but I have programming skills in languages like PHP and JavaScript). Is it even possible with SmartThings, that - for example - when my apartment switches to away mode the LED connected to the R output of the Fiabro module lights up and so on? Has anyone some experiences with the module?

Are there any other methods to implement such a status light with devices and parts available in Europe (at least for the away mode)? It is not possible to mount a Hue bulb outside of my apartment. All electrical power needs to come via a small wire from the inside.

Any help or hint is appreciated.

@MarkusJ
I’ve been thinking about something similar, with LEDs inside for windows open etc and outside for ‘away mode’ or similar.
Have just ordered a Fiabro RGBW from amazon.co.uk to try.

There are a couple of different ways that you could use an existing DTH with ‘WebCore’ or a smartapp to show the correct led in response to a SmartThings action. (including using virtual switches)

I’ll probably look at creating an app over the next few days and will be happy to share it (if it works :slight_smile: )

Edit: I was thinking that with the addition of a couple of SPDT relays you could actually use two leds for each output…
e.g. ‘away mode’ red for on and green for off - I might look at that too :slight_smile:

Hi Cobra, sounds great! Can’t wait to see your results.

Just couple things to think about…

-when you leave apartment, are you relying on smartphone presence to enable armed-away? If so, when you close the door, your LED would still indicate home until you leave the “geofence” presence area around your home

-You can add door/window sensors to Smart Home Monitor , so if a window is open when you arm-away, the app will notify you. If your phone doesn’t beep in your pocket when you leave the geofence presence area, everything is okay.

-You could use Echo(or GoogleHome I assume) and a virtual switch to arm-away, then if a window is open… flash a light or send notification to phone. I do something like this with WebCore as I head upstairs to bed since Echo will not run a routine if it has any security related actions. I say “Alexa, turn on bedtime”, WebCore sees virtual switch named “bedtime” turn on, then WebCore runs my GoodNight routine (turns off lights, arm-home) and then WebCore flashes a lamp if any doors are left open. Actually my WebCore piston isn’t working reliably at the moment but it worked well with CoRE (maybe an async is needed due to the flashing lights).

@anon36505037
Robin, that was the dth I was thinking to use.
Most of my leds will be inside to show open windows etc before I turn on my stand alone alarm
The only possible one outside would be the ‘away mode’ type status

@anon36505037
Thanks Robin but I don’t use core or wecore
I’m working on learning the language so will try and write something :slight_smile:

I use this at my door for indicator lights

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I have seen how good webcore is but I’ve had a bit of fun creating the smartapps as I need them so haven’t needed to go to webcore yet :slight_smile:
I’m sure that at one point I will get stuck so will have to use webcore for some things

@anon36505037
thanks for mentioning the device handler. I don’t think that I will have problems to remember what each LED stands for, so I will not label them. Sometimes I even want a window to be open (tilted), so a dedicated LED makes sense for me.

@kevin
I rely on the smartphone presence, but the problem is not leaving home, I just want to be absolutely sure, that SmartThings is disarmed, when I enter the apartment again.

Many thanks for your help so far. I am pretty optimistic now that my plan might work, so I just ordered most of the necessary parts ;-).

There have been several project reports on similar projects. You can find them on the quick browse lists in the community – created wiki in the project report section on the list for alerts and notifications. :sunglasses:

http://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index.php?title=How_to_Quick_Browse_the_Community-Created_SmartApps_Forum_Section#Quick_Browse_Links_for_Project_Reports.2FQuestions

And the Following thread goes through some of the most popular choices if you just want to jump to that one:

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Just one thought - what happens if a thief-wanna-be figures out what the LEDs mean? You’re basically putting it out there “nobody home, come in”. Or maybe I’m overly cautious… :smiley:

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Don’t worry…SHM will protect them LOL :wink:

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It’s often the other way around, thieves who realize that the light means that the home security system is armed actually be deterred. This is the reason why some of the fake security cameras do have an LED that comes on. :rotating_light: :flushed:

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Just a short update: Received my Fibaro RGBW controller, the LED lights and a 12V DC adapter and connected everything provisorily. I used the device handler mentioned in this discussion together with webCoRE and it works perfect, exactly like I hoped. Now I am waiting for the enclosure to arrive, can’t wait to get this finished…

Thanks again for your help!

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Final update: project has been completed, the four LEDs and the RGBW controller are in their enclosure now, which is mounted at my front door

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The enclosure is mounted with removable adhesive tape. As this is a rented apartment there are not many other options. I don’t think that someone will steal the enclosure, because you still need a key for the main entrance of the house.

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Not sure what’s at the bottom of the door but if there is a gap then you could run the wiring down and back up the gap between the door frame and the wall. This will give you a little more protection for the wiring and hide it better.

I agree, I would use a longer cable and go along the outside of the door frame from the bottom of the door. Could simply use a strip tape to keep the cable secured.

You could also just put a second plain black project box above the first one and put the currently exposed pieces into that. :sunglasses:

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I like this concept and thought that I could configure my skybell (been on backorder for months) to do this since you can change the LED color.