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    Quote Originally Posted by SauRoN View Post
    No no, THAT is the sensor.

    Uses some hosted calendar data to determine when a particular day is or isn't a working day and then you statically set exclusions for your weekend etc.

    So it just turns ON/OFF.

    Then you use that in your automation for things that should or shouldn't happen on a Work day.


    I have Bedside Alarms in the form of bedside lamps going on at X time. Now that's been automated to only go on if it's a known Work Day. Otherwise, it will stay off without any manual intervention on my part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_sa View Post
    Are these physical switches against the wall or lamps with switches?
    @Chris_sa regular wall switches.

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    So I've moved all (well most) of my automations to Node Red instead of having them inside Home Assistant.

    It takes a bit of a mission to get your head around the logic and workflows and clashing terminology but after a bit of fiddling and pissing the wife off with lights going on randomly I've cleaned up what used to be a **** load more into just a few flows that do everything in one.

    My presence detection for coming home and having the alarm disarm and opening the gate and garage door and closing the gate with delays for different time of day have gone from 4 separate automations into one single flow. The greater benefit being that where HA fires the whole sequence off the moment it's triggered regardless of delay as it doesn't check the state again, Node RED goes step by step and so there is no chance of a "double press" should someone hit the button during the delay.

    Still fighting with the logic of how to make my daughter's bedside light gradually lower in brightness in a more efficient way other than multiple steps with delays every 10 minutes, but who cares if it works it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_sa View Post
    Update 22/1/2019

    Main Goal was to -

    Increase security
    Home Automation
    Save Costs

    Ok Finally moved into house. So far I have the following:

    •7 lamps throughout house managed with Sonoff Basics and RGB lights) - (This is for ambient light at night coming on at sunset via IFTTT / have 62 downlights throughout house)
    •Pool Pump managed with Sonoff POW and on schedule
    •Koogeek (will not recommend) LED Light strip at the back of TV managed through the app or Alexa
    •Back lights managed through Sonoff basic (in wall socket)
    •Driveway lights managed through Sonoff POW (inline in Ceiling)
    •Garden lights over pool managed through Sonoff Basic (Extra circuit breaker at Pool pump)
    •2 Sonoff POW R2 managing my 2 Geysers – Pics below with some extra info

    Security:

    •EZVIZ Cameras that work through IFTTT. I have Intrusion detection and Line detection set up – if alerts throughout the night it switches on my outside lights (based on activation zone). I had to fight hard to get new firmware that’s only available for US Customers so if you have the same system (1080 POE) let me know.
    •Wyze Cameras inside house also working through IFTTT. Motion alert switches on lights. Works excellent as a baby cam as well so can link with light if you enter room at night. I also have sound detection with them so if anything happens while we are away I get instant notification (other than alarm etc).

    Audio:

    •4 Echo Dots (Bedroom, Baby room, Patio connected to Bluetooth speaker, kitchen)
    •1 Echo – In Centre of house

    Cost Saving:

    •Since moving in to my new house I have saved more than R1000 monthly based on above (and changing everything to LED Lights)

    @SauRoN have done some awesome stuff, a bit more complicated… see guides in thread.


    What app / interface is this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic54 View Post
    What app / interface is this?
    It's the Alexa app

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    Chris how do you monitor the temperature of your geyser

    Also like to know where did you buy your Amazon Echoes from

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    Quote Originally Posted by louwng View Post
    Chris how do you monitor the temperature of your geyser

    Also like to know where did you buy your Amazon Echoes from
    It doesn't monitor the temp, only manage the power usage, see pic below. I guess what you can do is buy the sonoff sensor which you can then dip into geyser for live readings - but not for me.

    Regarding me echos. Used aramex global shopper via Amazon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by louwng View Post
    Chris how do you monitor the temperature of your geyser

    Also like to know where did you buy your Amazon Echoes from
    For Temperature you’d need something like the Sonoff TH16 with the water submerged probe unit to measure.

    Sadly they don’t make a POW and TH in one because that would be quite useful.
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