Motion sensing only during a specific time

So, you have this cool motion sensing light. But, what if you only want the light motion sensing to work between 10pm and dawn? The easiest way is to make a couple of Time Date Trigger actions that will enable/disable the Front Porch Motion Detected that were created in the Motion Triggered Porch Light scenario. NOTE: this technique only works with the Motion Triggered Porch Light scenario - if you have directly linked your Motion Sensor to your switch via INSTEON links it will always work because Indigo won't be involved with the action. If you have Indigo triggering off of various device events, then you probably have something similar.

Defining the Enable Front Porch Motion Trigger

  1. Select Time/Date Action List from the View menu
  2. Press the New… button at the top of the main window
  3. Name the trigger Enable Front Porch Motion Trigger
  4. Enter 10:00 PM from the first time selector in the Time section
  5. Choose the Actions tab
  6. Select Enable Trigger Action from the action Type popup
  7. Select Front Porch Motion Detected from the Enable: popup

Defining the Disable Front Porch Motion Trigger

  1. Press the New… button at the top of the main window
  2. Name the trigger Disable Front Porch Motion Trigger
  3. Select Sunrise in the Time section
  4. Choose the Actions tab
  5. Select Disable Trigger Action from the action Type popup
  6. Select Front Porch Motion Detected from the Disable: popup


That's it! Now, the motion sensing will only happen between 10pm and sunrise.

In Indigo 5 and greater, we significantly enhanced the condition editor and added a bunch of new conditions. One new condition is the ability to specify time ranges. So, rather than making two triggers as above, simply define the triggers as specified in the Motion Triggered Porch Light scenario - except on the Conditions tab specify “If time” “is between” “10:00pm” and “6:00am” (not exactly dawn, but close). This makes the solution much simpler.

ms_sensing_during_specific_times.txt · Last modified: 2019/01/25 22:53 (external edit)
 

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