How to automate lights with Motion Lighting Apps 3: Mode Lighting

How to automate lights with Motion Lighting Apps 3: Mode Lighting


We’ve reached the final part of our
motion lighting trilogy, which actually has nothing to do with motion sensors.
And that’s our mode lighting feature, but it is very convenient, it’s very similar
to motion lighting, so let’s check it out. Mode lighting allows you to turn on
lights and set dimmer levels that are triggered by modes. If you watched our
first two motion lighting videos this will be quite familiar. So for this rule
we’re gonna say I have a giant narwhal statue in my front lawn, and I want a
spot light to shine on it in evening mode. Yeah, my neighbors are pretty
excited about that. Let’s do it. All right, so we’re gonna open our motion lighting
apps here, and this time we’re going to select “Create a New Mode Lighting” app.
We’re going to give this a name, this is going to be Narwhal Spotlight, and the lights
to turn on. Again, we choose dimmers; we have lights to turn on by button or
lights to turn on by a switch. This one turns on by a switch. It’s my Narwhal
Spotlight right here. We’ve already set our modes in Mode
Manager, now we need to select which of those modes will trigger our lights. And
this one we just wanted to turn on at the evening. Click on that, click “Done”.
At this point our Narwhal Spotlight will turn on in the evening and then shut off
during every other mode, but we have some options so let’s explore those. Our
options for turning lights on are: we have buttons or switches that can
activate the light or turn the light on regardless of mode. I do have a button
from my narwhal, it’s my Narwhal Control. So we’re gonna select that and it’s
button number one. Button number one there. It’s called a button for null
because it’s nullifying the automation. Then we’re gonna select “Done”. Same thing
for options for lights off. I have a button that will activate off or turn
the light off, if you will. It’s the Narwhal Control again. It is
button number two. We have two other options here, these are very similar to
how they work in motion lighting. An additional switch to turn off would mean
when this mode turns off, it’ll turn off these other switches that aren’t
involved in this rule already. And same thing for a button to push. Everything I
want is selected, I’m gonna hit “Done”, and then last thing I do is give it a name
for Alexa. I’m going to call it “Narwhal”. Good luck with that, Alexa. And we’re
going to click “Done”, and our new mode lighting rule is installed. Like I said
it’s pretty easy. Thanks for watching our motion lighting series. If you have
additional questions, hop over to our online community at community.hubitat.com. We have more video series on the way, so don’t forget to subscribe to our
Channel, red button down there. Enjoy your motion
lighting. We’ll see you next time and thanks, as always, for elevating your
environment with Hubitat.

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