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Just responding to my own post to help anyone that may be trying to do the same thing.

1-2. No need for a helper if HA recognizes your TV. Just set it as the entity in the bypass.
3. No need for a new template binary sensor.
4. Create 2nd automation with lights as required. Use the new Turn Light, Switch or Scene On or Off automation.
5. Add the TV as the entity into the 2nd automation by-pass option 3.

Works perfectly. It’s like magic!

@johnwang16

Okay, thanks John :+1:… I will have to add this to my list so I can test it. Currently I have completed the next release and working through final checks so I am not sure if I will get to this before then but I will look into it.

Stay turned.

Blacky :smiley:

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@richsimpson

Yep I know what that is. Because you are using scenes only and the way scenes are handled in HA the automation can’t tell if it is ON or OFF. The good news is I have been working on this and it has been resolved. Stay turned for the next release that will be out soon. If you can’t wait for it then what you can do is just add one light entity used in the scene into “Lights - Switches - Scenes - Scripts” and “Night Lights”.

Blacky :smiley:

@G2740

Hi Dave, it is realy nice to get this type of feedback every now and then without any questions. Glad you like it and thanks for yore kind words :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

Stay tuned for the next release to be out soon.

Blacky :smiley:

@kman42

Love it :+1:… looks like your are getting the hang of the blueprint… nice work and thanks for the update.

Blacky :smiley:

FAQ: How to use the Ambient Options

This option is used to add a condition that only allows the automation to run when it is dark or below the ‘Ambient’ settings. It’s a global condition that can work alongside other options.

Ambient Light Sensor
Consider utilizing a primary outdoor sensor to detect the actual outdoor LUX value. This approach can be beneficial as it allows for the use of a single sensor across all your lighting automation setups. You may opt to use indoor sensors when the outdoor LUX value becomes irrelevant, such as when using lights in your garage with the door closed or when closing blinds in rooms. It’s really up to you and what suits your site conditions best.

Ambient Light Sensor - Site Conditions
In some cases when your lights turn ON, your ambient light sensor is affected, increasing its LUX value. This can cause the lights to go OFF prematurely. Please select an option that best suits your installation.

NOTE - If using an buffer zone between the high and low lux value, then please select NO.

Ambient Light - Low & High Lux Value

Having both a Low and High Lux value setting allows you to establish a buffer zone between the two. The Low value determines when the trigger is activated and the lights turn ON, potentially increasing the Lux value in the room. Conversely, the High value prevents immediate light deactivation, serving as a buffer zone to accommodate Lux fluctuations without turning off the lights instantly.

  • Ambient Light - Low Lux Value
    Set the Ambient Light Low Lux Value. The light will turn ON when the lux level is below the set value. This value must be equal or lower than the “High Lux Value” below. Guide is 20 lux (dusk).

  • Ambient Light - High Lux Value
    Set the Ambient Light High Lux Value. The light will turn OFF when the lux level is above the set value. This value must be equal or higher than the “Low Lux Value” above. Setting a value higher than the low value allows for an offset. Guide is 80 lux (dawn).

Enjoy

Blacky :smiley:

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I will look out for it. though the last one is screenshot for Utility room failed and is also a simple light and motion sensor. no Night mode, just on and off.

Just shifted all the ones with scenes to a simple light. Using the relevent colour and brightness levels.

They don’t survive a restart. Just stay permanently on.
Could it be that because the lights are on a zigbee2mqtt connection that the automation starts too soon, before the lights state is recognised as being on?


Perhaps a longer or configurable delay is needed to deal with how long it takes HASS to settle after a reboot?

@richsimpson

That could be the case. In this next update maybe try and put in some toggle helpers into “Scenes & Scripts - Toggle Helper”.

Let me know if that works.

Blacky :smiley:

New update 5.9

Your lighting experience, your way – take control and customize it to perfection! :bulb::sparkles:

New Feature :new:

Changes to Scenes & Scripts

We have added three new inputs.

  • Scenes & Scripts - Toggle Helper
  • Night Lights - Scenes & Scripts - Toggle Helper
  • Yes - Manage OFF script when crossing over

The purpose of adding these inputs is to ensure the proper functioning of automations when using scenes or scripts. The benefits of adding these inputs include:

  • You can now adjust the lights associated with your scenes and scripts after they have been activated, preventing them from resetting with each trigger.
  • With the addition of these inputs, you can create glow lights for night settings within a single automation, eliminating the need for multiple automations. A detailed guide on this process can be found Here.
  • When using scenes or scripts in conjunction with ambient options, selecting “Yes” for your site conditions will ensure that your lights remain on when the LUX value goes high.
  • There’s no longer a requirement to add just one entity in “Lights - Switches - Scenes - Scripts” or “Night Light”. Simply incorporate a toggle helper into the new “Scenes & Scripts - Toggle Helper” inputs.
  • By including “Yes - Manage OFF script when crossing over” in the night lights lighting control options, you can ensure that a script runs smoothly when transitioning between normal lights and night lights, even when the lights are off, allowing for different OFF settings to be applied.
  • Home Assistant (HA) restarts will now recognize whether your scenes or scripts lights are ON and perform the correct actions. This feature can also be helpful when using lights or switches on different platforms, as HA may take longer to recognize their ON status after a restart.

Maintenance :toolbox:

  • From your feedback to create a manual we have updated a lot of input descriptions to better help understand what they do and also provided more links directly to the blueprint FAQ’s. This will hopefully help you find what you are looking for when setting it up.
  • Code realignment.

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Enjoy

Blacky :grinning:

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Awesome @Blacky I do have a feature request for your add-on movie theater blueprint. Reed’s smart home on YouTube had a new video that does a similar thing to your blueprint, BUT he added the ability to have different lights/scenes based on the app on the Apple TV or Chomecast that is open. For example, for Spotify or Apple Music you could not dim the lights, but with Netflix, do a full movie dim. I think app specific conditions would be amazing.

@DuckDuck25

Thanks for your suggestion. I will look into it :+1:

Blacky :smiley:

FAQ - How To Create A Toggle Helper?

When using scenes and scripts, it is recommended that you create a toggle helper. Below, I’ll show you how to do this.

Go to Settings / Devices & Services / click on the “Helpers” tab at the top / create helper and select toggle.

Input the name you would like to call it, select an icon if you like and click create.

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Enjoy

Blacky :grinning:

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FAQ - How To Create A Schedule Helper?
FAQ - How can I to turn the light on at sunset but turn them OFF at a set time?

You can use a schedule helper as the trigger. Below, I’ll show you how to do this.

Go to Settings / Devices & Services / click on the “Helpers” tab at the top / create helper and select schedule.

Input the name you would like to call it, select an icon if you like and click create.

If you would like to turn your your lights, switches, scenes, or scripts ON when the sun sets, then you would select a time well before the sunset and enable the sun condition. This ensures that the trigger is ON well before the sun sets but waits for the sun condition to turn your light ON. Then, the schedule will turn your lights OFF as per your schedule.

Example

This will activate your lights, switches, scenes, or scripts when the sun elevation is below -1.5 because the trigger schedule is active having an ON time 4pm. Conversely, it will deactivate them at the end of your schedule, well before the sun rises above -4.0.

Enjoy

Blacky :grinning:

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I have a timing problem that I need help with.
I would like the automation to be active between 5 am am 8 am, than again from 4 pm to 9 pm. The automation is off otherwise. How can I achieve this? Time settings only allow one time range. I need it to be triggered by the motion Detector, so a schedule helper doesn’t seem to be the answer.

@rananna

You can use a schedule helper but your ON time will be the opposite to when you would like the automation to be active. Then you would put the schedule helper into the bypass option 2. Below is a example of the schedule. Then you wouldn’t use the time option :wink:

Blacky :smiley:

This is just great. Just what I needed. Thank you so much for this. :partying_face:

Unfortunately I think I may have found a bug in Version 5.9 of this blueprint. This will prevent to turn ON lights using bypass ON.

To reproduce use blueprint with scripts to turn on, therefore a toggle helper and a bypass ON and bypass OFF helper.

  1. Turn lights on by enabling bypass ON.
  2. Turn lights off by enabling bypass OFF. (and disabling bypass ON)
  3. Turn lights on by enabling bypass ON.

Expected
The light turns on again.

best regards

Actual
The light stays off. I noticed, the toggle helper is still on. If I turn the toggle helper off manually, the lights turn on again.

Thank you. That works great!

@voydz

Yep you are correct there is a bug in the bypass when using scripts and scenes. Sorry about that :pensive:… I will have to fix this ASAP.

Thanks for letting me know :+1: and keep an eye out for the next update.

Blacky :smiley:

@rananna

No problem, glad you are up and running.

Blacky :smiley: