An Example Graphics Blocks Scene
When clicking on the plus sign the system presents us with a list of options, almost anything can be used; for example time, dates, weather, devices etc.
When we first add our block it will trigger if the door is “Armed”. However, for this scene we want it to trigger if the door is “breached” – this is what we call it when the door is opened. We use the green box to change “Armed” to “Breached”.
There are now two plus signs on the screen. One immediately following the first trigger we just added, and one at the very end of the scene. Clicking the first plus sign will allow us to add one of two commands to our trigger: “And” or “Or”.
Because in this case we want our lights to be off until there both is motion detected and the door is opened, we will add the command “And”. If we wanted the lights to turn on if either there was motion or the door was opened, we would choose “Or”.
Once we have our “And” command in place we click the plus again and select the motion sensor that is in the hallway. We will need to change the green box to “Breached” again here.
We do this by changing the “And” at the bottom of the blocks to “Then”. The scene will then read: When the door is opened and motion is detected then do something.
We will set the RGB lights around the TV to slowly change colours (program 4), close the blinds and dim the lights.
Because we want all the lights to dim, instead of selecting each one individually we can select “More Devices” and it will bring up a pop up with tick box function where we can select all our lights at once.
Lets run through our scene from top to bottom:
- When the door opens
- The motion sensor detects movement (because we walked in)
- The lights around the TV will start running the 4th program (aurora)
- The roller blinds in the kitchen will close
- All the selected lights will change their state to be 50%.
To finish off, we click on the General tab at the top, name our scene and and put it in a room.
Then the most important part: We click the blue save button on the right!
So, give it a go! Give your house some brilliant automation!
To take this a step further, why not read our brief introduction to Lua.