Motion Sensors with Timers....Is there a better way?

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Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:11 am
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Motion Sensors with Timers....Is there a better way?

Recently I began adding motion sensors to rooms in my house. The first one I added was in the kitchen. The setup is basic. Walk in the room the light turns on. When the motion sensor goes off it begins a timer (2Min) that will turn the light off when it reaches zero. Unless the motion sensor turns on in which it will pause the timer. I added to only do this at night as well because there is enough light during the day in this room.

Over the weekend I moved on to the Media Room. My house is a Bi-Level and this room is on the lower level and right off the Garage. I have a motion sensor turning on a light for when you come in from the Garage. Exactly like the kitchen setup with the pause etc. The problem is when watching a movie if it sees motion the lights come up.....the lights go off....on....off the whole time. Is there a better way to control lights with motion sensors than what I am doing. I tried to set the timers longer than 2 min but if I go too long it just keeps them on longer than they need to be.

I was thinking about adding variables maybe "Movie" that might by pass the motion sensor and timers.

Has anyone done anything crafty with this concept already that you could suggest?

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Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:54 pm
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Re: Motion Sensors with Timers....Is there a better way?

Your kitchen scenario doesn't need a timer - you can set the off delay in the motion sensor config. How you do it depends on the motion sensor type (INSTEON vs Z-Wave and the specific brand of Z-Wave).

Your garage problem, though, does require some more thinking. If you can reliably set a variable to true/false and use that as a condition on the trigger that turns the light on, then that would definitely be one solution.

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Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:13 pm
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Re: Motion Sensors with Timers....Is there a better way?

Thanks for the reply Jay. I was doing some tinkering tonight with the motion sensor in the media room. I set up a variable "MovieMode" when set to true is dims the lights to 40% and disables all the timers and well as the main trigger that turns the light on off the motion sensor. Set to false turns it all back on. I am currently running the Plex Plugin as well so may take it a step further and when the client is true it disables everything.

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