Hello all, Wink refugee here, got my HE in the mail yesterday. After some (HE blameless) LAN tussling, I got the HE fired-up and paired easily with most of my devices. I set-up dashboards for both my wife and I, installed the built in automation apps and Alexa skill, so far so good. Where I’m struggling is with the automations. I have a couple that worked well in Wink, that are pretty critical path for the WAF, that I’m having difficulty replicating. At the heart of this post is asking for help with these two automations, but on a higher level I’m really asking about best practices, because I know there is more than one way to go about these.
They’re both basically morning/bedtime routines. In the morning my wife sleepily toggles a dumb wall switch with a single GE Link bulb attached. Wink would see the bulb turn on, and power up a couple other lights and an outlet. My issue seems to be in duplicating the trigger. I tried simple automations, rule machine, and Alexa routines to try and duplicate this. Alexa wouldn’t give the option of the bulb turning on as a trigger. Simple automations wouldn’t let you trigger the outlet, and I thought I had it set up right in rule machine, but when I toggled the switch to test it, nothing happened, and then I found the Ge link completely unresponsive and had to factory reset and re-pair it. 🤷🏻
The other is bedtime; basically turn everything off, lock the door, wait a few sec. and turn the master bedroom lamp on low. I made an Alexa routine for this, it worked middlingly well, but I think it should really be an HE automation. I set it up in RM with ‘night mode’ as the trigger, it was snappy and impressive, but not sure how to make it an Alexa command. I tried playing around with virtual buttons, but I got lost. I also think I’m making a mistake in that “all off” should be it’s own command, or group, or scene, so it can be invoked in more than one place? Wink had a prebuilt “all off” that could be called in ‘robots’ and responded to Alexa commands. Additionally, this bedtime automation could be triggered by the living room lights turning off (after a set time in the evening) at the Lutron switch (pro bridge is in the mail), which is functionality I’d like to preserve.
I have by no means given up on figuring this out myself, but the amount of time I’ve spent ignoring the toddler (and still not gotten things running just-so) is starting to frustrate the mrs, and I’d like to start out with a solid best-practices foundation to build on in the future. Any insights on what the right direction is, or pitfalls, would be much appreciated.