I am slowly planning my next wave of automation, so this is more a strategy topic.
Background: I currently have some bulbs, switches used for exterior lights, ring doorbell/alarm. Combo of v3, nest home hub/mini, alexa. (1) Smart things motion. I have actiontiles, but not using it much yet. Thinking of getting rid of google to go purely echo with the new Show 5.
My current lighting automation are pretty basic, only using ST lighting control automation. Not opposed to switching to echo routines, since it seems to integrate with ring alarm door/motion sensors.
- bedroom lamps come on with motion in the evening until a certain time.
- downstairs lamps come on a certain time each morning, off at a certain time after sunset. Turn on again evening certain time before sunset,off at a certain time.
As I’m waiting for more inovelli switches to arrive, I think I may have to explore routines/scenes a bit more.
Would love to hear more use cases on how you’ve set up lighting in your house. Do you use scenes/routines? Do you rely on motion more than sunrise/sunset automation? If motion, what sensors do you use/prefer? Purely ST or Echo scenes/routines, a combo? If ever traveling/ away, would love to randomize it a bit.
WAF is the biggest hurdle. When my hub went down in December, thought the end of the world was here. Replaced it with a v3 hub.
I would like to stay away from relying on creating code. Plenty of people here have made some great/amazing things, but I don’t think I have the time/patience for that.