TL/DR: I'm really just wondering if there is a different motion detector I could use that would detect body heat, and avoid all the wind-induced motion? (Zigbee preferred, Hubitat supported)
This is the view out my front door showing the covered entryway. You can see the Iris v2 motion sensor on the wall to the left. There is also another Iris and a PEQ Motion sensor above the front door. There are two lights in the ceiling of the entryway controlled by a Inovelli Red Dimmer.
This has worked for a long time with a Motion Lighting instance to turn on the entryway lights when detect motion outside, or when the front door is opened.
I recently added two Gardenspots (aka Smart+ Outdoor Accent RGB Lighting kit) hiding at the edge of inside walkway arc. I've got them set to show alternating red/green lights for the holidays, but they switch to white when there is motion or the door is opened.
Then my wife put up the ribbon on the lamp post and the garland. And it's been windy. And the motion sensors are being triggered all the time.
That's when I added the 3 outside motion sensors to a Zone Motion controller. It helped cut down on false positives most of the time, but today it's really windy and the left wall motion sensor is detecting motion constantly. You can see this in the chart from Activity Viewer :
At 10:11 a package was delivered. At 10:r50 I opened the front door to get the package.
The top line is that left motion sensor. But you can see sporadic motion events on the other two sensors. You can see the large tree on the left; before I trimmed the lower branches on that, those would cause more wind-induced motion events on the two sensors on the outside front door. Those branches need to be trimmed roughly every 2 years to avoid that.
The Zone Motion Controller helps. I have it set at False Motion Reduction with 2 of the 3 need to be active within 20 seconds for it to trigger.
But, this was a lucky instance. I set up an Alexa Routine to announce when there was motion detected outside when none of the doors was open (the "Front Porch Motion While Door Closed" and "Front Door or Garage is Open" virtual devices are part of that detection). But even with the Motion Zone, I was getting false positives for motion at least twice a day, so I turned it off. (my wife already said she was ignoring it)
I'm considering adding another motion sensor on the right side wall, and including it in the Motion Zone, but I think it will just detect wind motion from the garland. I suppose that problem will just go away in January when we take it down after the holidays.
I'm really just wondering if there is a different motion detector I could use that would detect body heat, and avoid all the wind-induced motion? (Zigbee preferred, Hubitat supported)