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Posted - 09/11/2019 :  08:15:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello everyone,,
we have a Hub with 2 switchlincs controlling outside lights. They work as expected; we can turn on / off from the app, and they work together (as a scene) on schedule, coming on at sunset and off at midnight.

We also have a motion sensor, set to night-only mode, which seems to work in that if we turn the lights off after dark, the sensor detects the motion, turns on the lights, then shuts them back off after the timer has elapsed.

The problem is, when using the sensor the lights seem to ALWAYS turn off 5 minutes after motion is detected - even during the scheduled ON time, they shut off anyway. I did try changing to "On Only" mode, but then after detecting motion, the lights seem to stay on forever, we need to shut them off at the switches or in the app.

What we WANT to happen is, the lights come on at sunset and turn off at midnight - no change from the motion sensor. At all other times (later on in the early morning / when it is dark out), the lights should come on when motion is detected, and then shut off after 5 minutes. Can we do this?


Edited by - Ressler on 10/31/2019 6:31:55 PM


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Posted - 09/11/2019 :  10:30:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That behavior is as designed. The Hub is a pretty basic bridge/controller, schedules only set the time the *Hub* sends an on or an off signal to a scene. When you add another controller to the scene (i.e. the motion sensor), nothing the hub does will affect or interfere or be triggered by that other controller operating the scene.

Your project objectives require adding another component. You can either use a second Insteon module, wired in parallel, so that light can be powered by *either* a module scheduled by the Hub *or* a second module controlled only by the motion sensor; or you need a more sophisticated controller (an ISY or computer running automation software) that can handle duration timers and conditional logic. With a smarter controller, you could set the motion to On Only, then use that more sophisticated controller to 1) detect the motion, 2) check the time/day, then only if between dusk/dawn AND during your schedule, 3) start a duration timer, then 4) when the timer expires, turn off the light.
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