Check Device Status and run Automation Again

I have an automation that if the garage door is open the garage lights should be on. I also have an automation that if the door from the garage to the house is open the garage lights should be on. If both are open, the lights are on, which is great, but when the garage door shuts it overrides the door to the house being open and turns off the lights.

I’m looking for a way to have HA tell if one or both are open and keep the lights on in that case, but also know that if one is closed it still operates the same.

I hope this makes sense, let me know if you need more explanation. Would I do this with conditions, or is there a way to check device status so that it knows the door to the garage is still open keep the lights on?

There are number of ways you can do this automation, one would be the following. Here these are combined together with a choose type action. If you are an advanced user you can make use of templates to do this also.

alias: Garage Lights
description: ''
mode: single
trigger:
  - platform: state
    entity_id: sensor.home_door
  - platform: state
    entity_id: sensor.garage_door
condition: []
action:
  - choose:
      - conditions:
          - condition: or
            conditions:
              - condition: state
                entity_id: binary_sensor.home_door
                state: 'on'
              - condition: state
                entity_id: binary_sensor.garage_door
                state: 'on'
        sequence:
          - service: switch.turn_on
            target:
              entity_id: switch.garage_light
      - conditions:
          - condition: and
            conditions:
              - condition: state
                entity_id: binary_sensor.home_door
                state: 'off'
              - condition: state
                entity_id: binary_sensor.garage_door
                state: 'off'
        sequence:
          - service: switch.turn_off
            target:
              entity_id: switch.garage_light
    default: []

I’m not an advanced user, but always willing to learn. Thanks for this!

How would I do this with a template?

I somehow managed to screw up my automation, now it won’t load when i go to configuraiton>Automation I get an Automaiton Load Error

- id: '1589151804789'
  alias: Garage Lights at Night
  description: Turn on Garage Lights if Garage Door or House door is open 15 minutes
    before sunset and during darkness
  mode: single
  trigger:
  - platform: state
    entity_id: binary_sensor.house_garage_door_sensor_ias_zone
  - platform: state
    entity_id: binary_sensor.third_reality_inc_3rds17bz_ias_zone
  condition:
  - after: sunset
    after_offset: -00:15:00
    condition: sun
action:
  - choose:
      - conditions:
          - condition: or
            conditions:
              - condition: state
                entity_id: binary_sensor.house_garage_door_sensor_ias_zone
                state: 'on'
              - condition: state
                entity_id: binary_sensor.third_reality_inc_3rds17bz_ias_zone
                state: 'on'

You havent specified any actions in the choose tyoe action.

These are just the conditions, after which you need to add actions.

You can copy the sample automation yaml that I provided earlier and just replace the entity ids with yours. It should work also please add the sunset condition in it.
If you want any more help, please do ask.

I hope I get what you mean, but I have the same situation. The difference is just that I have two tilt doors, not a tilt door and a normal door, but the same issue. You can use a property of groups to make this very simple. If any entity in a group is on, the group is on. If all are off, the group is off. So, make a group with your two entities and adapt my automations.

- alias: "Switch On Garage Light When The First Garage Door Opened"
  # interesting edge case: if first cover opened before condition is true
  # and then the second door after the condition will be true, the light
  # won't turn on (e.g. 1h30 min before sunset). to solve this one needs
  # to trigger on the individual state changes and have an xor condition.
  initial_state: true
  trigger:
    platform: state
    entity_id:
      - group.garage_doors
    to: "open"
  mode: queued
  condition:
    # https://www.home-assistant.io/docs/scripts/conditions/#sunsetsunrise-condition
    - condition: or
      conditions:
        - condition: sun
          after: sunset
          after_offset: "-01:30:00"
        - condition: sun
          before: sunrise
          before_offset: "01:30:00"
  action:
    - service: light.turn_on
      entity_id: light.garage_light

- alias: "Switch Off Garage Light When The Last Garage Door Closed"
  initial_state: true
  trigger:
    platform: state
    entity_id:
      - group.garage_doors
    to: "closed"
  mode: queued
  condition:
    - condition: or
      conditions:
        - condition: sun
          after: sunset
          after_offset: "-01:00:00"
        - condition: sun
          before: sunrise
          before_offset: "+01:00:00"
  action:
    - service: light.turn_off
      entity_id: light.garage_light

I think i understand it, but it will be a few days until I can check…

- id: '1637856127265'
  alias: Test Conditions
  description: Test Conditions for Garage Lights
  trigger:
  - platform: state
    entity_id: binary_sensor.garage_door_sensor
  - platform: state
    entity_id: binary_sensor.house_garage_door_sensor
  condition:
  - condition: sun
    before: sunrise
    after: sunset
    after_offset: '-30:00'
  action:
  - choose:
    - conditions:
      - condition: or
        conditions:
        - condition: state
          entity_id: binary_sensor.garage_door_sensor
          state: 'On'
        - condition: state
          entity_id: binary_sensor.house_garage_door_sensor
          state: 'On'
      sequence:
      - service: switch.turn_on
        target:
          entity_id: switch.garage
    - conditions:
      - condition: and
        conditions:
        - condition: state
          entity_id: binary_sensor.garage_door_sensor
          state: 'Off'
        - condition: state
          entity_id: binary_sensor.house_garage_door_sensor
          state: 'Off'
      sequence:
      - service: switch.turn_off
        target:
          entity_id: switch.garage
    default: []
  mode: single

You have to change this because on and off are in small letters like below

state: on

Please also change Off to off

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So I have this correct in my mind. In plain English this automation does the following

Between 30 minutes before sunset and until sunrise the next day

If the garage door is open OR the door from the garage to the house is open, the garage switch will stay ON
Only if both the garage door AND the door from the garage to the house is closed, will the garage switch will stay OFF

yes, that is right. If you are using templates for the same function, the actions would look like below.

action:
  - service: >-
      {% if is_state('binary_sensor.house_garage_door_sensor', 'on') or
      is_state('binary_sensor.garage_door_sensor', 'on')%}
        switch.turn_on
      {% elif is_state('binary_sensor.house_garage_door_sensor', 'off') and
      is_state('binary_sensor.garage_door_sensor', 'off')%}
        switch.turn_off
      {% endif %}
    target:
      entity_id: switch.garage

This is not working for me currently. I have the garage door closed, the house door open, and its after susnet and the lights don’t come on. If i manually turn them on and shut the door to the house, they do not go off.

- id: '1637856127265'
  alias: Test Conditions
  description: Test Conditions for Garage Lights
  trigger:
  - platform: state
    entity_id: binary_sensor.garage_door_sensor
  - platform: state
    entity_id: binary_sensor.house_garage_door_sensor
  condition:
  - condition: sun
    before: sunrise
    after: sunset
    after_offset: '-30:00'
  action:
  - choose:
    - conditions:
      - condition: or
        conditions:
        - condition: state
          entity_id: binary_sensor.garage_door_sensor
          state: 'on'
        - condition: state
          entity_id: binary_sensor.house_garage_door_sensor
          state: 'on'
      sequence:
      - service: switch.turn_on
        target:
          entity_id: switch.garage
    - conditions:
      - condition: and
        conditions:
        - condition: state
          entity_id: binary_sensor.garage_door_sensor
          state: 'off'
        - condition: state
          entity_id: binary_sensor.house_garage_door_sensor
          state: 'off'
      sequence:
      - service: switch.turn_off
        target:
          entity_id: switch.garage
    default: []
  mode: single