When there is motion, do not turn ON the light, but when the light is ON, KEEP it ON

  • I never want to switch the light ON automatic by motion, I always switch it ON by hand.
  • The light has to turn OFF automatic after X time EXCEPT when there is movement.
  • In some case I will turnoff the light by hand (movement or not)

Today it is working in the rule below but I wonder if there is another way to keep everything in the Hubitat? --> not using the timer of the Shelly device & sending every min when there is motion a POST to the Shelly to reset the auto OFF timer


Setup of the existing hardware:

  • Shelly Relay: I use the auto OFF timer in the Shelly, when the shelly receives the "turn=on", the timer is starting again
  • Sensor: It is resetting every 1 min, so if there is motion, every 1 min is motion detected

Anyone a suggestion?

From your description (manually pressing a button in this area) and your existing rule (which relies on "motion active"), it looks safe to say that there will always be motion in this area, so an alternate way of stating your request is just that you want the light to turn off automatically so many minutes after motion goes inactive but never have it automatically turn on when motion becomes active. (Just making sure you aren't looking for some sort of "timer" where it will turn off so many minutes after being turned on, regardless of whether there is motion.)

In this case, you have a lot of options that could work. An easy one is Simple Automation Rules (formerly called Simple Lighting, which it may still appear as if your hub is on old firmware). A setup like this should do what you want:

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You could probably do this with Motion Lighting too, but that's a bit over-complicated for this need. Rule Machine as you're already using could certainly also work, but I like to suggest alternatives unless you need something that only the power of RM can provide.

This is exactly what I do for the two lights my wife never seems to turn off :rofl:

OMG, I am so disappointed in myself :grinning:, this is way too easy, I was stuck in the idea to keep the light ON, thx for helping

exactly:-)

Alternatively, would a simple RM rule like the following work as well?

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That works too, or you could consider:

Triggers: Front - Mutli Sensor becomes active

Actions:

Cancel Delayed Actions
Wait for events: Front - Multi Sensor inactive
Off: Front- Wall Light --> delayed 0:05:00 (cancelable)

Either should work well--nothing wrong with what you have! The latter is something more like what staff have been suggesting lately as "simpler," so just wanted to throw it out there as an option as well.

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Yep. That's even better. Thanks!