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Can I limit presence sensing to a specific time period

Community Member

I've been using presence sensing for a while now to turn some lights on when I approach my house. However, that is pointless (and wasteful) during the day when those lights are not needed. Is there any way to limit this to a specific time period, such as 8pm to 6am?


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Yes, it is possible to limit the operation of presence sensing for your lights to a specific time period, such as 8pm to 6am. This can be achieved by utilizing additional automation rules or conditions in your presence sensing setup.

The specific steps to configure this may depend on the home automation system or devices you are using for presence sensing. However, here's a general approach you can follow:

  1. Identify the home automation system or devices you are using for presence sensing. This could be a smart hub, motion sensors, or other smart devices integrated into your setup.

  2. Access the settings or configuration options for your presence sensing setup. This is typically done through a mobile app or a web-based interface associated with your home automation system.

  3. Look for options related to scheduling or time-based rules. This may be labeled as "Automation," "Rules," or similar terminology.

  4. Create a new rule or automation that limits the activation of lights based on time. Set the rule to activate the lights only between 8pm and 6am.

  5. Configure the specific lights or light groups that should respond to the presence sensing during the specified time period.

  6. Save and apply the rule or automation settings.

By following these steps, you can ensure that the lights triggered by presence sensing are active only during the desired time period, avoiding unnecessary energy consumption during daylight hours.

It's important to note that the exact steps and terminology may vary depending on the specific home automation system or devices you are using. Refer to the user manual or documentation provided by the manufacturer for detailed instructions specific to your setup.


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I am using the Google Home app on my Google Pixel 7 Pro: Automations tab, under Household Routines, the built-in "Home" routine. That is the only place I have found a presence sensing option. I can't find any scheduling or time-based rules options there, which is why I'm asking here.

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I’m using my phone as presence sensing device. How can I use the time dependent automation with my phone