I have been tinkering about the way I detect presence in my livingroom, and I hope that someone here has found a good solution to it.’
So I live in a two floor apartment with a wife and two kids. I have Hassio running on a NUC8thI5 and running both Zwave and Zigbee devices.
Right now I have xiaomi motion sensor on both bathrooms, as well as in the storage room, and all three bedrooms (bedrooms also has a button available so that motion is only on during certain time slots). These rooms work great and keeps the light on for 15 minutes before they turn off again.
However what I struggle with is my livingroom and kitchen which is a part of the same room. It is around 50m2 so one motion sensor is not covering everything.
Right now I have Z wave motion sensors covering the couch area, the dining table as well as near the staircase(I have a motion sensor on each side of the stair case).
So finaly to my question: How do I ensure that my kitchen lights, livingroom lights and hall lights is staying on when they should and are turned off when we are either sleeping or away.
My wife is not good at bringing here phone around so even though I have monitor running on a rpi, it is more just for fun…
I have been thinking about some sort of wasp concept, where when our presence is home, then keep those lights on unless we have triggered the motion sensors in the staircase. (If sequence is first floor -> second floor then that means someone just went up. And opposite.
Ideally that could work, but then we are more than just one. So if im watching TV, reading a book, listening to music and my wife goes up. How do I avoid sitting in the dark? I do use the TV and speakers as a flag today to see if we are there. But right now I have sorted it out with just having 3 motion sensors in the livingroom. I do sit in the dark a few times when im not watching TV or simply using my ipad. but then I can wave my hand like an idiot and it will turn on…
Really looking forward to hear your thoughts before I replace my Zwave motion sensors with Zigbee as im trying to eliminate the Zwave battery powered devices… (often they go into hibernation when I restart Hassio a few times…)