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  1. Hi Larry, That's great, thank you! Never looked at Webcore but understand the code in principal. I'll try it in a few days time. I should think a lot of people are grateful for this. Thank you all so much for your help on this, great community! Nige
  2. Hi Brian, I had assumed Webcore might have been involved but having not looked at that yet I didn't know it's capabilities etc. I guess programmatically you need to grab the light colour/brightness before it's changed (if you can get such a property in Webcore), store it in a variable, change the colour, wait 10 seconds and then change it back to that variable. In theory that's simple but as my Webcore knowledge is a big fat zero then who knows, it will be interesting to see what Larry says.
  3. Hi all, Is it possible to use Smartthings in this way... Using an automation (or similar) is it possible to set a light colour (say red) based on motion being sensed on a motion detector, keep it that colour for a period of time (say 10 seconds) and then revert that light back to what it was previously. Obviously the "previously" is an unknown variable that could have been any colour, any brightness etc not necessarily something preset from a scene or similar. So I may have just asked Google (linked) to set the colour to green, and then motion sets it red for 10 seconds, and then it sets it back to green. Hope that makes sense, still very new to automation but have experience with programming etc so happy to try advanced things. Many many thanks, Nigel 😄
  4. Very good! I'll let you know how I get on and if I hit any limits. Loving the videos, ta!
  5. Thanks Brian! Will take a look at those too! Great to have a decent colour option for certain lights. Thanks for the link! So I'm assuming you haven't hit an upper limit for IKEA bulbs with Smartthings? Nige
  6. I've looked at them too but they need a hue hub. Any ideas how many IKEA bulbs can be handled by Smartthings without a TRÅDFRI hub?
  7. HI all, I am starting to (very) slowly build up a smart home. I have SmartThings and use Google rather than Alexa alongside it. I need to replace lots of GU10 bulbs so for now looking for a low cost option in the UK that allows dimmable white spectrum for warm and cold whites, that works with both Google and SmartThings. I've seen a few recommendations for IKEA bulbs ( https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/p/tradfri-led-bulb-gu10-400-lumen-wireless-dimmable-white-spectrum-90408603/ ) but also read somewhere that although SmartThings can control them without a Tradfri hub there is a low number of bulbs it can take on. Any truth to this? I have about 35-40 bulbs in 3 very large downstairs areas. Ideally I want to bypass the IKEA Hub with SmartThings, but want to be able to control the lighting with my voice via Google, set brightness levels based on time of day/light levels/phone app/etc. Any thoughts if the IKEA bulb can do all this OK without it's own hub? I'm also open to suggestions for other light bulbs. I'm aware of Hue and also know that LIFX GU10s are too long for my lights. Thanks in advance, Nige
  8. Thank you Larry! That was exactly what I needed to read. I had search for such an article but the ones I read were not as clear as that one. Have a great weekend! Nige
  9. Hi experts!! Should I purchase an older SmartThings v2 hub starter pack or SmartThings v3 hub They are both the same price but obviously the v2 is older but includes some sensors. I don't need the wireless part of the v3 hub as I will plug it in to the network. Are there any other advantages internally to the v3 hub? I understand it has less memory and a slower processor, even though it is newer. Radios the same? Many thanks, Nigel
  10. Hi Brian, fancy meeting you here indeed. Thanks for your reply. 1. With regards to Hubitat and SmartThings, can you control most devices that are Zigbee or Z-Wave with both? What makes SmartThings more "interfacable"? I'm such a newbie!! 😟 2. I've added "Hive" to my radiator valve list, thanks, look nice. I'm struggling to work out if Heatmiser Neo is compatible with SmartThings ( https://www.heatmiser.com/en/heatmiser-neo-overview/ ), I don't think it is, so I assume it would need their control hub rather than it using the SmartThings one? Overall, with the heating I'd like to be able to fully control underfloor, hot water and radiators via one system. Just struggling to work out what is the best way. 3. I can see that Hubitat allows you to chain IFs together so you can say "IF it's 15C AND IF person1 is in the house AND IF it's Sunday THEN do x,y,z). Can you do that with IFTTT and can you do that with SmartThings? Hi Gattyke, thanks for your response. I looked at Energenie but didn't like the look of their equipment so much. However, I will look into Danfloss more, thanks. I did give them a brief look amongst about 10 other manufacturers but my head is trying to take it all in and work it all out 🙂 I did think that Danfloss was Blueooth only, so I had ruled it out. I'm guessing that's not the case.
  11. Hi people, Just starting off in the world of home automation, but with quite a big project, and would love some help. Brian helped me out yesterday and pointed me this way. So... I have a big extension & loft conversion project underway, here are some details. UK based 6 bedroom house, Ubiquiti Wi-fi AC access points supplying wifi for total coverage. Ubiquiti router will be used to replace the sluggish one provided by Virgin Media broadband. 200Mbps Broadband, network cables in most rooms for computers, consoles, tvs etc Wifi devices mainly consist of phones, google home mini's, chromecasts, chromecast audios (for multiroom audio) and the odd Amazon Fire TV stick. 8 zone underfloor heating going in downstairs, with "3 core and earth cable" in each zone ready for thermostats. I'd not even contemplated a Smart Home a month ago when this was fitted. 5 radiators upstairs, 2 towel rails. One high pressure hot water tank, located in garage, next to boiler and near the mainfolds for the underfloor heating So, the whole Smart Home idea came about once my plumber said did I want to use the Heatmiser Neo System to add some extra functionality such as geo-location, I spoke to Heatmiser and they recommended the wired system, rather that the wireless one. The two issues that initially stuck me were that the Heatmiser Neo... a) it doesn't have any thermostatic radiator valves so I'd need a different solution for the rads, and b) The heatmiser has it's own "hub" which costs around £150. I didn't know about things like the Amazon hub and SamsungSmart Things until just the other day but this seems a much better idea otherwise I believe each "system" would need it's own hub, adding cost, cabling, and a cupboard. So finally I got to Samsung Smart things, and whilst trying to learn about that I discovered the Automate Your Life YouTube channel, and here I am! So, moving forward I want in on this Smart World, some lights, cameras, doorbell, heating, and all the other cleverness but I'm not sure the very best place to start. Right now the following questions are in my head, in relation to everything above. General Setup My gut feeling is that Samsung SmartThings is a good starting point for my needs, though I realise it does slightly limit the products I can buy that fully integrate with it, especially in the UK. Do you agree? I watched the Automate Your Life video entitled "Z-Wave vs ZigBee vs WIFI - Choosing a Standard" but that was last year and things move on so quick. Maybe there is now a better hub to choose? My gut is also telling me that if I get IFTTT compatible products then even if they aren't "SmartThings compatible" I will at least be able to use IFTTT to get all the Triggers and Actions working together in the house. Is that correct? I see the Hubitat Elevation hub is more configurable than the SmartThings one. Has anyone used this recently, any thoughts? I appreciate it's a bigger learning curve but don't mind that. Just wondered if it may be a better product, especially now it has a mobile app. Heating One of my main concerns, and one I need to decide on ASAP is the heating system. I love the look of the SmartThings compatible Netatmo smart thermostats and TRVs, and can see I could use that on underfloor heating and radiators but I don't think there is anything in that system that will control heating the water tank up, maybe I'm wrong? I also assume I don't need there control box to use it as Smart Things will take over, correct? Still on the heating I also like the look of the IFTTT compatible Tado system which will do water, rads and underfloor heating but it's not Smart Things compatible so would need it's own hub, then for geofencing they're asking for a subscription. Can that subscription be bypassed to use IFTTT geolocation? I'm guessing that is locked down? If neither of those systems will work for me, what else could I do? I'd like to be able to control the heating, u/f heating and hot water from one app, and have things like geo-location, holidays, etc but not sure what is best. I don't mind having different brands for each part but don't want a control box for each thing and would like a single app controlling all the heating, so I guess it would all need to be SmartThings compatible? Any help would be amazing, I've gone through some vids and some of this forum but I'm probably a bit new to it all to try and understand it properly, I'm hoping my knowledge will improve fast!!! Hopefully this makes some sense to someone, I've tried writing it as clearly as possible. Many thanks, Nige, in Worthing, UK!
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