Using Alarm Service as an Automation Trigger

HI , I am using the Alarm service which works well , but I would like to have some automations based on that service and use as a trigger. In my example I have automations that turn on lights between sunset and sunrise , but I want a couple of these not to be triggered if the Alarm status is set in night mode. I have done it using a helper at present but that fails from time to time… So how do I use a service as an automation trigger … Amany thanks Andy

Could we see your code?

That’s not using the alarm as a trigger, but a condition.

Either add a state condition listing all other possible states, or a template condition that is true if the alarm is not in night mode.

If you want further help, we need to see the automation you have (as correctly-formatted YAML) and the state and attributes for your alarm entity.

Sorry totally correct , it would be a condition. I haven’t written the actual automation yet , but this an example one I have ready to insert the condition when I know what to include.

alias: "TEST "
description: ""
  - type: motion
    platform: device
    device_id: 090968feb3772e41f8234ccd7432336b
    entity_id: 806bab1d19a7b84d61a1559a12aab1dd
    domain: binary_sensor
  - condition: sun
    before: sunrise
    after: sunset
  - type: turn_on
    device_id: 960d26b2856f1017b6750fb32144b98b
    entity_id: 28c8ee92ead677311ead3e1ea4dce1ea
    domain: switch
mode: single

And we can’t advise on that until you show us

As a side note, it’s easier to work with entities rather than devices:

This is the problem, using the built in HA Alarm feature which does not have devices or entities to use… Its a service (I believe) , so I cant include them . If there were I wouldn’t have asked the question as those are easy to include in conditions.

All I am asking is how can i set a condition in an automation based on a service ?

Which one?

We can’t assume any level of competency here. :slight_smile:

Marked as solution as no point continuing this conversation


Was doing my best to help here, trying to pinpoint what “the built in HA Alarm feature” is, as all the information I can find suggests that implemented alarms have queryable entities.

What happens if you filter the Entity column of Developer Tools / States with “alarm_”?

What is your alarm?

Can you explain this a bit more? Services perform things, so I struggle to follow what you mean here. Is there some state you’d like to check?

If it’s this you’re referring to, then you need to use a state condition and check the state of your alarm entity. You don’t need a device to do that. Troon’s advice to avoid devices is good advice.

condition: state
entity_id: alarm_control_panel.my_alarm
state: armed_night

Also, rather not set a solution as the answer that isn’t the actual solution, because if will create problems for search results and confuse other users.