Just installed a Hue Outdoor. Great sensor and very nice driver by @mike.maxwell. But it's one of the most expensive sensors I've installed to date, so I'd like to get the most out of it.
So far I'm using it for...
- Activating Wyze Cam recordings
- Turning on my garden lights after they have turned off to help enhance Wyze cam IR recordings
- Additional outdoor temp gauge
- Outdoor Lux readings
The obvious is to turn on my deck light, but after some head scratching, I've decided against that. The reason is I don't want it coming on every time someone briefly walks in range of the sensor. The next door neighbor does Air B&B and people enter from the rear door of his home, so this would cause my deck light to come on too frequently. I tried to come up with a rule that would only turn it on for lurkers, meaning if they kept the sensor active for more than 30 seconds, it would turn on, but this turned out to be more complicated than I could figure out.
Think maybe I want too much. Want to be able to turn on but only after a delay, but don't turn on if motion doesn't continue for longer than 30 seconds. But I still want to be able to turn on the light manually and adjust its dim levels from a pico without motion activity kicking in and automatically shutting off the light. Motion lighting seems to answer most of it, except for delayed on. One thought is a separate rule that activates a switch to disable ON, then turn that disable ON switch OFF after a delay. But the issue I can't figure out how to get around is that my wife and son like to use Alexa to turn on the deck light, while I like to use the Pico buttons. If I start triggering the lights with virtual switches, it gets overly complicated and I'm not certain I can maintain level control by voice. If anyone has ideas, I'm all ears.
What else can you do with an outdoor sensor? I may also add it as one of the triggers for auto-unlock, in the same way I have the front door, but I think it's largely unnecessary to have both doors setup for this.