Motion Sensor and Smart Light Question

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#1

Question … Just bought my first two Wyze Cam 2’s. Been wondering if this is possible … Since the Wyze camera is motion sensitive, if I install smart lights in my garage along with one of these cameras, can I set it up so that if anyone walks in the garage, the lights go on? Don’t know if Alexa Skills or Routines would make that happen. ??‍♂️?


#2

Should be able to using IFTTT


#3

Outstanding! I am new to this and learning. Have heard about IFTTT. Should have figured it might be the answer. Thank you!! ??


#4

Just be aware that IFTTT may only check status every 15 minutes, so the response time for the light to go on may not be what you want.


#5

Ah … Thanks, well that wouldn’t work. ?


#6

I used IFTTT with my iSmartAlarm door contact and smart plug and I only had a few seconds delay


#7

Yeah, I did not mean to imply that it could not work. Just that 15 min is all that IFTTT guarantees. In practice, it’s usually faster than that but on occasion there might be delay that you don’t find acceptable.


#8

I’m essentially doing this now and it works consistently well. I’m experiencing about a 4-to-6 second delay before the light comes on but that’s acceptable for my purposes. In my case, after the light turns on I wanted to turn it off a couple of minutes later. To do that I had to use a combination of IFTTT and Stringify. IFTTT supports Wyze but does not support a timer function between the trigger and action. Stringify supports a timer function but does not support Wyze, so it can’t directly receive motion alerts from the camera. However, by using IFTTT and Stringify in combination you can have motion events go to IFTTT which can then initiate a Stringify flow where all the real action takes place. Stringify can turn the light on when IFTTT notifies it to run a flow, then run a timer for a specified time interval, and then turn off the light. You have to link your IFTTT and Stringify accounts but it’s not too difficult. Also, as has been stated, there’s no guarantee that the IFTTT applet will run within a few seconds but it’s performed well for me so far.


#9

Thanks everyone!!! Much appreciated!! It looks like it may be possible after all. ?

I downloaded IFTTT already and starting to experiment. Have to try Stringify now and figure out how to set them both up. ??

I love some of the automation capability with this smart home stuff!

Thanks again!


#10

If you only need to turn the light on and you’re not interested in turning it off after a delay, then you can do that with IFTTT alone without having to involve Stringify. Obviously, this is all dependent on IFTTT supporting the brand of your smart light. If your smart light isn’t supported by IFTTT then you’re out of luck. Hope this helps.


#11

For now I am starting with Philips light bulbs and have a starter kit. I actually would like both … ON with motion detection and OFF with time out after motion stops for a priod of time. So, it sounds like IFTTT for ON and Stringify for OFF. And, yes, all suggestions are helpful and appreciated! Thank you again!